Closing the Hunger Gap is a network of organizations and individuals working to expand hunger relief efforts beyond food distribution towards strategies that promote social justice and address the root causes of hunger. Our network is comprised of members throughout the US, including individuals with lived experience, non-profit organizations focused on anti-hunger, poverty, social justice or equity efforts, grassroots or community-based organizations, funders, faith-based organizations, and academic institutions. All members are committed to understanding the root causes and systems-oriented solutions to poverty and hunger, and endorse the shared CTHG vision, purpose and statements of values. Become a member today!
Frequently Asked Questions
- Who can be a Closing The Hunger Gap member? Any individual or organization that endorses the shared CTHG vision, purpose and statements of values. You can find them here.
- Are there different types of membership for individuals, or for different types of organizations? At this time, Closing The Hunger Gap recognizes two categories of member – Core and Solidarity. Core members include front line, direct-service organizations and individuals most impacted by food insecurity. Solidarity members include indirect service organizations such as food banks or academic institutions. These membership categories were defined in response to a shared understanding that to end hunger, we must examine and understand how traditional power structures play out in our food system, and how they keep us entrenched in a model of charity that does not address the causes of hunger. For Closing The Hunger Gap’s full statement on power and how it relates to our membership structure, click here.
- What does membership entail? Closing The Hunger Gap members are invited to participate in biennial membership meetings at the Closing The Hunger Gap Conference, bi-monthly membership calls, ongoing regional organizing, and strategic working groups which meet regularly to carry forward Closing The Hunger Gap’s work. Members are not required to take on organizing roles or to participate in all network activities, but by participating, have the opportunity to access a network of supportive peers, innovative tools, spaces for reflection and growth, and opportunities for leadership. Network members also drive the direction and decisionmaking of the network during these monthly and annual gatherings.
- How does an individual or organization become a member? You can sign up for membership here! During registration, you will be prompted to read and commit to Closing The Hunger Gap’s vision, purpose, and statement of values.