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Why Haven't We Solved Hunger in the U.s.? 


The Time is Ripe for Untangling Corporate Interests



Chronic hunger and food insecurity trends across the U.S. have not changed, despite the rise of charity. 


Food banks and food pantries were meant to be a stopgap measure, but manufacturing jobs never came back, recession followed, and the “emergency food system” became an industry. 

In Big Hunger, author Andrew Fisher argues that many key anti-hunger advocates are missing an essential element of the problem: economic inequality driven by low wages. His research finds that efforts to end hunger, reduce obesity, and reform farm subsidies are compromised by corporate interests.

Encouragingly, Big Hunger sets forth a vision for what we can do to put food banks out of business and solve hunger.  


In the Media

Robert Egger

"Big Hunger provides a great blueprint for change."

Robert Egger, LA Kitchen Founder and CEO gives Big Hunger Five Stars

Book Review By Nonprofit Chronicles  

Very few food banks will advocate out of the ‘nutrition safety zone.’ It’s controversial. It alienates their boards. It splits their donors.


Book Review


by Mark Winne


"There’s been tension in the U.S. food movement for far too long around the subject of collusion between major anti-hunger sectors and the food industry for someone not to call the question."

Big Hunger Poverty

To Solve Hunger, First Solve Poverty spoke with Andy Fisher about his new book and vision for the future of the anti-hunger industry. 


Food Banks Selling Out to Corporate America? 


Food banks, once humble distributors of excess food thrown off by supermarkets and manufacturers, have become corporate enablers of the industrial food system, according to one longtime food activist.


Book Review

by Fabio Parasecoli  |  05/08/2017 Huff Post

Nobody deserves to go hungry. In the US there is wide cultural and political agreement on this principle, even among those who fully embrace the American mythology of self-made individuals who pull themselves up by the bootstraps. Especially when it comes to children, wherever they may be, allowing them to suffer hunger is ...



Andy Fisher

"We have pretended that the problem is hunger and not poverty. We’ve pretended that the solution to hunger is charity, not ensuring the right to food or increasing the political power of the poor."

Andy Fisher 


In 1994, Andy Fisher co-founded and led the Community Food Security Coalition (CFSC), a first of its kind national alliance of hundreds of groups working on urban food access and local food. Fisher led CFSC as Executive Director for 15 years, creating and gaining momentum for the concept of community food security while building the food movement as a whole. He successfully led advocacy efforts and passage of crucial federal nutrition legislation to address food security, including the establishment of the Community Food Projects and Farm to School grants. Fisher is an expert on a variety of food system topics and tactics, including food policy councils, community food assessments, healthy corner stores, coalition building, and farm to cafeteria programs.

Fisher is an activist, NGO consultant, and an adjunct teacher at Portland University in Oregon. His book, Big Hunger, is the launch for a new vision for how to untangle corporate interests from food banks and the anti-hunger movement. 


“If you are an anti-hunger activist, you should read Big Hunger. It may make you mad, and it will definitely make you think."

—Jan Poppendieck, Senior Fellow, CUNY Urban Food Policy Institute; Professor Emerita of Sociology, Hunter College


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