Soup kitchens don’t address hunger’s causes. Can these solutions end an epidemic?


Salon’s Manny Howard sits down with Noreen Springstead, executive director of WhyHunger, to discuss solutions to America’s hunger epidemic during a special series of conversations on food affordability hosted by Food Tank, Salon, and New York University’s Steinhardt School.

“What happened along the continuum of how we solve hunger in America, is that we created an entrenched feeding system that food charity is the answer to hunger, when it’s not. Twelve percent of the population has been hungry since the birth of food banks in 1967,” Springstead said.

Watch the full conversation above to hear more about how America’s multi-billion dollar feeding system fails to solve hunger and what aspects a new movement must include. And watch the full Solving Hunger Food Tank and Salon event here.

Food Tank is America’s fastest-growing nonprofit research and advocacy organization in food and agriculture. Salon is partnering with the organization to educate and convene the good food movement around pressing food system issues. Learn more about Food Tank here.

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