Hunger Relief Twitter Accounts–Updated version

We started this Twitter list over a year ago with names of peope who have been active (online or offline) in the discussion  of hunger. Since then it’s grown as more and more people find Twitter a valid way to bring the community online.   From time to time, I’ll re-tweet the URL to this post. If you’d like your name added to this list, comment here with your Twittername, send Twitter reply to  @TysonFoods, or email me at ed.nicholson@Tyson dot com   I probably won’t add you unless you ask me, so if you want to be added (some folks would prefer their names not be on the list), just ask!

There’s also a comprehensive hunger twitterers list at to  which you can subscribe with one click. 

Now. You all go follow each other and talk amongst yourselves.  SOS primary account  Feeding America Billy Shore, founder of Share Our Strength Dan Michel–social media for Feeding America Ellen Damaschino SOS OFL Hall of Fame Chef and blogger Take Action on Hunger  Rock for Hunger Feed Them With Music Andrea Sherwood–Tyson Foods Hunger Relief Team Ddavenport David Davenport, President & CEO, Capital Area Food Bank of Texas (CAFB) Kerri Qunell, VP, Communications, CAFB  Lisa Goddard, Advocacy and Online Marketing Director, CAFB Karla Cantu, Agency Relations Director, CAFB JC Dwyer, TFBN Statewide Advocacy Director, CAFB Kim Willis, Communications Coordinator, CAFB Molly Robbins, Community Events Coordinator, CAFB  Kirra Hamman, Volunteer Resources Coordinator, CAFB Babb, Community Relations Assistant, CAFB John Lyon, Faith-Based Capacity Building-VISTA, CAFB Tania Jordanova, Food Resources-VISTA, CAFB Michael Clark, Mitchell Communications
http://elisemitch  Elise Mitchell, Mitchell Communications San Antonio Food Bank Community Relations Manager  Michael Farver Susan Adcock Photoblogger Ed Nicholson, personal account   A. Zganjar, Share Our Strength Suzy Twohig, Share Our Strength The Salvation Army Red Kettle Campaign Tom Robinson, Live Feed (Music for hunger relief, St. Louis) Friends of the World Food Program Cooking With Amy– Hunger Challenge Blogger Genie Gratto– Hunger Challenge Blogger Maria Niles–Hunger Challenge Blogger  Texas Food Bank Network  Michelle Stern Food Bank of ContraCosta and Solano Counties Portland Rescue Mission, Portland, Oregon Judy–Ft. Myers Soup Kitchen  Association of Arizona Food Banks  New Community Mobile Food Pantry, Naperville, IL Mark Arnoldy-focuses on international malnutrition Healthful meals & nutrition education for children Suzanne Lee, Dir. of Communications & Mktg.   Care & Share Food Bank for Southern Colorado  DeCA Dietician Ft. Lee, VA Homewatch Northwest Arkansas    Church World Service Greater Philadephia Coalition Against Hunger  Second Helpings, Indianapolis Miriam’s Kitchen–serving homeless in DC Bread for the City, Washington, DC   Tim Blair, hunger activist Poppy Pembroke Communications Mgr.,Second Harvest Food Bank of Santa Clara and San Mateo Counties  Heifer International  Heifer Portland  Kids Food Basket.  Grand Rapids, Michigan Holly Hight–Bread for the World  WHY  World Food Programme World Food Prize MAZON–hunger relief organization  End Child Hunger, Michael Farver First the Basics (helping people find hot meals) Union Rescue Mission, Little Rock  Kristin–Project Bread–The Walk for Hunger Phoenix Rescue Mission Sarah Hall Emily Bryant Mary Chant  Walk and Knock-annual food drive   Stacy Wong , Greater Boston Food Bank    Hands on Hartford Chicago Shares Timothy Cipriano, New Haven School Systems and Local Food Dude on Wheels Serving Central Virginia A  Joyfull Holiday Lara DiPaola Jeffrey Strain, Penny Experiment  The Volunteer Way Harvest for Hunger Pittsburgh Food Bank Jennifer Stapleton, Bread for the World Bread for the World  Community Center of St. Bernard The Last Show–Karen   Robert J. Teitelbaum  The Dinner Garden Hartford Food System
Feeding America Food Banks Second Harvest Heartland Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida, Orlando  2nd Harvest Food Bank of Santa Clara & San Mateo Counties Atlanta Community Food Bank   Arkansas Foodbank Network Bay Area Food Bank    Greater Baton Rouge Food Bank Capital Area Food Bank of Texas, Inc.  Care and Share Food Bank for Southern Colorado   Central IL Foodbank Central Pennsylvania Food Bank  Community Food Bank, Fresno, CA Chattanooga Area Food Bank   City Harvest   New York,NY Cleveland Foodbank, Inc. Community Food Bank of New Jersey Connecticut Food Bank Central Virginia Foodbank, Inc. Daily Bread Food Bank, Miami Eastern Illinois Foodbank, Urbana America’s Second Harvest of Wisconsin, Milwaukee Feeding America West Michigan Food Bank Food Bank For New York City Food Bank of Contra Costa and Solano Food Bank of Central & Eastern North Carolina, Raleigh Regional Food Bank Northeastern New York Food Bank of Corpus Christi Food Bank of Delaware, Newark Food Bank of the Rio Grande Valley, Inc. Food Bank of the Rockies, Denver Foodbank of Santa Barbara County       Food Bank of South Jersey Food Bank of the Southern Tier, Elmira, NY Food Bank of Northern Indiana Greater Chicago Food Depository   Foodlink Food Bank, Rochester, NY Inter-Faith Food Shuttle, Raleigh, NC Freestore FoodBank, Cincinnati Gleaners Community Food Bank of Southeastern Michigan Gleaners Food Bank of Indiana, Inc. The Greater Boston Food Bank Capital Area Food Bank, DC Harvesters – The Community Food Network, Kansas City Houston Food Bank High Plains Food Bank, Amarillo Los Angeles Regional Foodbank Lowcountry Food Bank, Charleston, SC MANNA FoodBank, Ashville NC Montana Food Bank Network Mid-Ohio FoodBank  Second Harvest Heartland Northern Illinois Food Bank Food Bank of Northern Nevada Second Harvest Northern Lakes Food Bank North Texas Food Bank   Second Harvest Food Bank of Northwest North Carolina  Second Harvest Food Bank of Northwest North Carolina Oregon Food Bank Ozarks Food Harvest, Springfield, MO Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank Redwood Empire Food Bank, Santa Rosa, CA Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma (OKC) Rhode Island Community Food Bank, Providence San Antonio Food Bank   Second Harvest Ohio  Southeast Missouri Food Bank San Francisco Food Bank Second Harvest Food Bank of Middle Tennessee South Texas Food Bank, Laredo South Plains Food Bank, Lubbock St. Louis Area Foodbank St. Mary’s Food Bank Alliance, Phoenix Tarrant Area Food Bank, Ft. Worth Three Square Food Bank, Las Vegas United Food Bank, Mesa AZ Utah Food Bank Services, Salt Lake City Vermont Foodbank, Inc., South Barre Weld Food Bank, Greeley, CO West Ohio Food Bank Culinary Schmooze The National School Food Drive Family to Family

Twitter Lists–Hunger Relief (one click following) Share Our Strength (@ShareStrength) is doing a wonderful job of categorizing and listing its stakeholders involved in hunger relief on the Twitter List tool.



Big Hearts, Big Minds Come Together to Discuss Hunger Solutions



Participants in the WeCanEndThis Cause Lab

By Ed Nicholson
On Monday, I had the privilege of sitting in on the first WeCanEndThis Cause Lab, a day-long think tank at the annual South by Southwest Interactive Festival in Austin, focused on arriving at new solutions to the problem of hunger in the U.S.   Big vision guy, Scott Henderson conceived the event, and assembled it with with CauseShift partners Anne Bertelsen and Brian Reich, along with an all-star cast of non-profit and corporate partners (full-disclosure: Tyson Foods was a partner).

Altogether, the event drew a couple hundred participants throughout the day: a diverse bunch that included not only professional hunger fighters, but social good advocates from outside the cause, and socially-minded techsters.  A full overview of who, what and how can be found at so I won’t go into detail here.  Go check it out; it was a very interesting day.

Here’s why I think the event was a worthwhile investment of all of the participants’ time and resources:

  • If hunger is to be "solved,"  (and I think all of us in the game hold great hope that’s something that can occur), it won’t happen because one organization makes it happen.  And it won’t happen if all of us keep a singleminded focus on our own  organizational objectives (as worthy as they might be).   It’s going to take a collaborative effort among every single person and group now out there working on the cause.  It’s going to take competitors working together.  That happened here,  with Share Our Strength and Feeding America coming to the table, as well as Tyson and ConAgra, and others in the  consulting, tech and social services sectors who might otherwise compete for resources or share of mind. I think a lot of smart people have come to that realization, and you’re beginning to see more collaboration than ever before.
  • The solution (or more likely, solutions) to hunger won’t come solely from those currently leading the fight. It’s going to take more people; intelligent, innovative people; people totally unencumbered by a "been there, done that, won’t work" mindset.  It’s going to take more and more people who, in studying the problem, arrive at the gut check that hunger is in every community, and in some way, affects every single one of us.  In this one place, on this one day, I hope there were some new converts, who will stay involved as WeCanEndThis embarks upon the rest of a year-long noble experiment.


High School Heroes

By Ed Nicholson

Last fall, and Tyson Foods announced a collaborative effort to raise awareness for hunger relief in America through a video contest. Thanks to Lorraine Arromando’s video highlighting Cheverus High School’s annual Thanksgiving food drive, Tyson Foods donated more than 35,000 pounds of chicken to the Good Shepherd Food-Bank this morning. This is the first of the five winning videos that will receive Tyson donations to their local Feeding America food banks.  We’ll be featuring the other videos as we make food donations in their areas.

I know there’s a lot of concern about the fact that volunteer corps are aging; some wonder as to whether the next generation of hunger fighters will step up.

Here’s something to give you hope.

Where’s the next generation of hunger fighters going to come from?



High School Students in Las Vegas Fighting Hunger for Three Square Food Bank

By Ed Nicholson

Take a look around food banks, food pantries and hunger relief organizations, and you’ll see some phenomenal volunteers; engaged, dedicated, selfless, energetic, intelligent, passionate. 

Problem is, a whole lot of these volunteers are, shall we say, of "a certain age." (And I can use the categorization because I’m every bit of "a certain age" myself).  Not as many younger folks. 

So what’s going to happen when those in our generation retire from volunteering? 

For the past three years, at Tyson Foods, we’ve been piloting The Student Food Drive with selected Feeding America food banks across the country.  This effort engages high school students in raising funds and food for their local food bank. It requires a coordinated effort among schools, food banks, and local sponsors, but done right, the results are phenomenal:  Students become aware of hunger in their own community, while developing leadership skills.  If the food bank makes the effective connections, they have stakeholders for life. 

In 2009, these food banks/ communities are joining others who have come on board to do Student Food Drives in the past three years:

Southeast Missouri Food Bank   Cape Girardeau, Missouri
Lowcountry Food Bank     Charleston, South Carolina
Mountaineer Food Bank    Gassaway, West Virginia
Channel One Food Bank    Rochester, Minnesota
Second Harvest Food Bank of East Central Indiana     Muncie, Indiana
Three Square Food Bank       Las Vegas, Nevada

So what are you doing in your community to "rejuvenate" the pool of enaged hunger fighters?


Hunger All-Stars. Know One?



Tony and Dolly Ellis

Tyson started working in hunger relief in 2000.  We were pretty proud of ourselves when we first got into fight against hunger.  After all, we were donating several million pounds of much-needed protein a year to hunger relief.  

But it didn’t take long for us to get humbled. 

First off, our donations, as large as they were, didn’t begin to make a dent in the enormous need that exists.

And when we started working around people who were involved in hunger relief, we started hearing some phenomenal stories of self-sacrifice and determination about people on the front lines of hunger.  We donate a small portion of our production to hunger.  We were meeting people who were devoting large portions of their lives, often their own resources to feed those in need.

That’s why we created the Hunger All-Stars program.  You can go here and nominate any person or group of people you believe might be doing a good job in the fight against hunger in your community.  We’ll put their nomination online.  You can see the nominations here.  Once a month, we’ll pick a Hunger All-Star of the Month and donate a truckload of food in their honor to their local Feeding America food bank. 

This month, Tony and Dolly Ellis from New Orleans were selected as Hunger All-Stars of the month.  Read their inspiring story here. Last week Tyson donated a truckload of food in their honor to theSecond Harvest Food Bank of Greater New Orleans.

Do you know a hard-working hunger fighter.  Nominate them here.