Where’s the best online discussion of hunger

 

 

By Ed Nicholson

Shortly after we started this blog in 2007, I posed the question, "Where’s the Online Discussion of Hunger?"   At the time, there simply wasn’t much of a discussion occurring.

Pretty much the same when I asked the question again in May of 2009.

I still hold firmly to the belief that among the greatest potential benefits of social networking tools are their capabilities to build community and host online discourse.  And I’m now hopeful that is  occurring. 

More and more hunger organizations, some of which are listed below,  are using online channels to engage new stakeholders in the issue.    While some still cling tightly to the "broadcast the message" mentality, many are out there opening up two-way communications, stimulating, hosting and participating in discussions about how the problem of hunger is going to be solved.  These discussions occur offline.  Why can’t they be just as vibrant online?

Below are some places you’ll see thought-provoking content, with comment features enabled.  Where are some more?   Please comment.  I’ll be glad to add them to the "Helpful Links" on the righthand side of the page here. 

 

Share Our Strength Blog–In my opinion, Share Our Strength does absolutely the best job of all the national hunger relief organizations in using social networking tools–almost of of them–to engage stakeholders, not simply broadcast messages

Capital Area Food Bank Blog–Early to the game, and still one of the best social media communications programs of all the food banks.

Other food banks with good blogs     

North Texas Food Bank

Food Bank For New York City

Texas Food Bank Network

Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida

 

Here’s an interesting Facebook group, with some discussion starting to happen:   Food ThINC–Think About Feeding 9 Billion People

  http://www.facebook.com/pages/Hunger-Solutions/141466027063?ref=ts A Statewide partnershp fighting Hunger in Minnesota–Facebook group.

 

Next time: What’s a happening on Twitter. 

 

from a comment from Jon:

http://nyccoalitionagainsthunger.wordpress.com/ – Joel Berg and the folks at NYCCAH are worth reading and discussing

http://breadforthecity.blogspot.com/ – the folks from Bread for the City in DC run a great blog

FRAC also has a newish blog focused on the pledge to end childhood hunger by 2015: http://frac.org/blog/ 

Hunger isn’t their target issue but as we can all testify hunger is an issue with a lot of streams flowing into it so I always recommend Parke Wilde and the folks from Tufts’s food policy blog: http://usfoodpolicy.blogspot.com/

Along those same lines, but even broader and more diverse, I’d also recommend following Change.Org’s Poverty in America blog: http://uspoverty.change.org/

2 Replies to “Where’s the best online discussion of hunger”

  1. Jon

     

    Ed – thanks again for continuing to raise this issue and push for a broader conversation.  Off the top of my head here are a couple I’d offer for consideration as well:

    http://nyccoalitionagainsthunger.wordpress.com/ – Joel Berg and the folks at NYCCAH are worth reading and discussing

    http://breadforthecity.blogspot.com/ – the folks from Bread for the City in DC run a great blog

    FRAC also has a newish blog focused on the pledge to end childhood hunger by 2015: http://frac.org/blog/ 

    Hunger isn’t their target issue but as we can all testify hunger is an issue with a lot of streams flowing into it so I always recommend Parke Wilde and the folks from Tufts’s food policy blog: http://usfoodpolicy.blogspot.com/

    Along those same lines, but even broader and more diverse, I’d also recommend following Change.Org’s Poverty in America blog: http://uspoverty.change.org/

  2. Kim Willis

    Hi Ed,

    Thanks for the mention in your post. It’s great to see many people engaging in the online hunger discussion. I imagine there will be many more discussions in 2010!

    Happy Holidays!

    Kim

    Kim Willis
    Communications Coordinator
    Capital Area Food Bank of Texas

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