WhyHunger – Imagine There’s No Hunger – help fight childhood hunger and poverty worldwide

“This is a beautiful step towards world peace. By imagining there’s no hunger, as John sang in his song, we express our strong desire to bring a world in which children will never again suffer from hunger or poverty. Let’s come together and help spread this message around the world.”
Yoko Ono Lennon

WhyHunger’s global campaign “Imagine There’s No Hunger” was made possible with the generous permission and support of Yoko Ono Lennon. Purchasing the bracelet, limited edition pin or T-Shirt will help fight childhood hunger and poverty worldwide through grass roots solutions that secure basic rights to food, water, land, jobs and credit.

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A Special Message from Yoko Ono Lennon

Dear Friend,

There is a wise, old saying – Peace begins when the hungry are fed. For me, that is so true.

During the Second World War, the children of Tokyo, including me, were evacuated to the countryside to be protected from the bombings which were going on every day and night in the city. We all still continued our studies by going to the school in the countryside. But the city kids, unlike the country children, did not have much food to eat. One day, I didn’t have any food to take with me to school. At lunch time, a sweet country child asked why I didn’t bring my lunch box that day. “I’m not hungry,” I said. I just looked straight over the blue sky shining through the window and didn’t even blink. I was proud.

I will never forget that incident. Today there are nearly 1 billion people in the world who are suffering from lack of food. I understand how they feel – hungry, desperate and humiliated – while still trying to keep their dignity.

“Imagine There’s No Hunger” is the most important campaign for these kids. Like me, they will never forget the pain they have gone through, not having food to eat, while in the neighboring countries, overfed people are trying to lose weight and throwing good food away! Please join me in supporting the “Imagine There’s No Hunger” campaign. Don’t wait til tomorrow. Write and send your check today!

John Lennon, my husband, had a vision of a world free of hunger and at peace forever. Together let’s “Imagine There’s No Hunger.” Imagine a world where all kids have enough food to eat. Imagine a world where the food that children eat is healthy and nutritious. Imagine a world where our youth take pride in growing, harvesting and selling good food. We can make such a world come true together, with hard work, love and conviction. IMAGINE!

Imagine A World Where All Kids Have Enough Food To Eat
Joe, a married father of three from Orange County, California had recently lost his job, been evicted from his home and didn’t know where his next meal would come from. He was feeling desperate but wanted to remain strong for his family. Joe called WhyHunger’s National Hunger Hotline seeking help finding housing and food. The Hotline Advocate provided Joe with the phone numbers to federal housing and food assistance programs, local food pantries in his area and explained other options that he did not know existed. Today, Joe reports that he cooks hot meals for his family every evening through support from the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (formerly known as Food Stamps) and Women Infants & Children (WIC) benefits, and that he is close to finding a permanent place for his family to live.

Imagine A World Where The Food That Children Eat Is Healthy And Nutritious
Dorothy Grady-Scarbrough is the founder of Mississippians Engaging in Greener Agriculture (MEGA). An Emergency Room nurse, she observed as her family members, friends and neighbors struggled with health problems such as obesity, hypertension and diabetes. She also noticed the corporate takeover of farms in her region, which resulted in unemployment amongst her neighbors, the stripping of Mississippi’s rich soil of nutrients and the overabundance of fast food outlets in local neighborhoods. To Dorothy, the solution was clear. She made it her mission to convert available vacant land into small-scale organic gardens and feed her neighborhood with fresh, healthy, chemical-free food. She is a partner of WhyHunger’s work in the Mississippi Delta to bring healthy and affordable food to residents who often have to travel 30 miles to the nearest supermarket.

Imagine A World Where Our Youth Take Pride In Growing, Harvesting And Selling Good Food
Seeking escape from civil war and human rights abuses, Tchin, a young Burmese refugee, faced unemployment, inadequate schooling and lack of medical insurance once he arrived in Thailand. Thankfully, he found the Pattanarak Foundation, a beneficiary of the 2009 “Imagine” campaign, which runs a training center that educates refugee youth and children in sustainable agriculture. The Foundation provided Tchin with seeds, seedlings, fish fingerlings, chicks and equipment that assisted him in setting up his own farm. He’s now able to feed himself while making enough money to afford health care, books and other necessities.

With the help of WhyHunger, communities around the world are finding and spreading solutions to end the injustice of hunger in their own backyards. And yet, the state of our global food system today means that the need to imagine and work towards a world without hunger is still as strong as ever. One way you can help is to join me in celebrating grassroots leaders, like Joe, Dorothy and Tchin, who are working towards making hunger-free neighborhoods and communities a reality, by making a donation to WhyHunger today.

WhyHunger, the nonprofit organization that sponsors the “Imagine There’s No Hunger” campaign with me and Hard Rock International every year, is very much involved with Joe, Dorothy and Tchin, as well as thousands of other individuals and communities, as they build local and regional food systems that ensure that all people have healthy and nutritious food to eat. WhyHunger provides them with information, training and funding so that they can scale their efforts to benefit more and more children every day, week, month and year.

October 9th marked what would have been John’s 70th birthday. I think he would be proud of the accomplishments of the “Imagine There’s No Hunger” campaign and WhyHunger’s work to ensure that all children have enough healthy and nutritious food to eat. Join me in honoring his life and ambitions to bring peace to the world by donating to WhyHunger this year by completing the enclosed form or visiting www.hungerthon.org. After all, it is only when every person is fed that we can truly obtain peace.



Yoko Ono Lennon

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With special thanks and deep gratitude to Yoko Ono Lennon for playing a vital role in WhyHunger’s Hungerthon tradition. In 1994, Yoko generously allowed WhyHunger to use Imagine There’s No Hunger, along with John Lennon’s self-portrait and signature, as our Hungerthon theme and logo.

Beginning in 2008, Yoko joined WhyHunger and Hard Rock International in expanding the use of John Lennon’s “ Imagine, ” his name, and image to create a global campaign to improve the lives of hungry children in communities all around the world. In 2008 she donated “ Give Peace A Chance ” for Hard Rock International’s Serve3 Charity CD, as well as John Lennon’s “ Gimme Some Truth ” for the Serve4 Digital Album in 2009, with 100% of proceeds of both used to help WhyHunger fight childhood hunger. We are most grateful for her continued generosity and support.

Yoko Ono, Carlos Santana and Bruce Springsteen are among the big names lending a hand for this year's annual radio World Hunger Year Hungerthon event.

Star-studded lineup including Springsteen, Santana, Yoko Ono lend hand to annual radio Hungerthon

by David Hinckley, NY Daily News

More radio stations have joined the annual Hungerthon campaign this year and World Hunger Year (WHY), and executive director Bill Ayres says they aren’t here a moment too soon.

While the recession is forcing some Americans to cut back on holiday shopping, others have cut back on their daily bread.

“Forty-nine million Americans, including 17 million children, are food-insecure,” says Ayres, who co-founded WHY with the late Harry Chapin in 1975. “They aren’t starving, but they’re skipping meals, or they aren’t getting good food like fresh fruit and vegetables.

“Many don’t know where their next meal is coming from.”

Radio stations power WHY’s annual fund drive by soliciting donations and auctioning items like signed guitars and sports tickets.

This year’s on-air drive starts Saturday and has its big day next Tuesday. Some 20 stations, Sirius XM Satellite and several Internet stations have joined, says Ayres.

Donors can call 1-800-548-6479 or go to hungerthon.org. The premium for donations this year, donated by Yoko Ono, is a John Lennon “Imagine There’s No Hunger” T-shirt or sweatshirt.

Auction items include guitars signed by Bruce Springsteen, the Grateful Dead, the Everly Brothers, John Fogerty and Crosby, Stills and Nash.

Sports packages, besides tickets, include going on the field with the Yankees for batting practice and sitting in the booth for a Mets broadcast.

Other items include meeting Carlos Santana, playing golf with Ken Dashow of WAXQ, dining with Maria Milito of WAXQ and going into the studio with WCBS-FM jocks like Bob Shannon, Ron Parker and Broadway Bill Lee.

The on-air schedule:


Richard Neer, 6-10 a.m. on WFAN (660 AM).

Pete Fornatale, 4-8 p.m. on WFUV (90.7 FM).

Cousin Bruce Morrow, 6 p.m.-midnight on Sirius.

Joe Causi, 7 p.m.-midnight, on WCBS-FM (101.1).


Public service on WAXQ (104.3 FM), WXRK (92.3 FM), WFAN and WRXP (101.9 FM).

Dashow on WAXQ, 8-10 a.m.


WINS (1010 AM), WCBS-AM (880), WRXP, 5 a.m.-10 p.m.

WFAN, 6 a.m.-6:30 p.m.

WCBS-FM: 6 a.m.-10 p.m.

WAXQ: 5:30 a.m.-7 p.m.

Sirius XM (multiple channels).

Also supporting Hungerthon: WHTZ, WLTW, WKTU, WWPR, WPLJ, WQHT, WRKS, WABC, Last.fm, Kweevak.com and rocklandworldradio.com.

WHY runs the only national hunger hotline, connecting callers to local food banks and other emergency services.

Its main goal, says Ayres, is to support programs that help people become self-sufficient.

Since 1975, Hungerthon has raised more than $11 million. “We’re hoping for a good year,” says Ayres.”The need is more urgent than ever.”

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Hungerthon 2010 Radiothon dates are:

Saturday, November 20

  • Richard Neer on Sports Radio 66 WFAN (6am-10am)
  • Pete Fornatale on 90.7 WFUV (4pm-8pm)
  • “Cousin” Brucie Morrow on Sirius XM (6pm-midnight)

Sunday, November 21

  • Public Service Shows (6am-9am) on Q104.3, 92.3 FM NOW, Sports Radio 66 WFAN, and 101.9 WRXP
  • Sunday Morning Beatles show on Q104.3 (8am-10am)

Tuesday, November 23

  • 5am-9pm: WCBS Newsradio 880; 1010 WINS; 101.9 WRXP
  • 6am-6:30pm: Sports Radio 66 WFAN
  • 6am-10pm: 101.1 WCBS-FM; Q104.3 FM
  • Sirius XM Satellite Radio (check their channel guide)

With support from NY Tri-state area CBS, Clear Channel, Emmis and Citadel Radio Stations: Z100; 106.7 Lite FM; KTU; Power 105.1; 95.5 WPLJ; Hot 97 FM; 98.7 KISS FM; WABC Talk Radio and Last.FM; as well as from Kweevak.com and rocklandworldradio.com


Hungerthon was started in 1975 as a partnership between WhyHunger and Infinity Broadcasting and has since expanded to become an autumn radio tradition among the New York tri-state area radio stations in the CBS, Clear Channel and Emmis Radio Groups, and Sirius XM Satellite Radio, with support from Citadel New York stations, Last.FM and more.

WhyHunger is a leader in building the movement to end hunger and poverty by connecting people to nutritious, affordable food and by supporting grassroots solutions that inspire self-reliance and community empowerment. WhyHunger was founded in 1975 by the singer-songwriter Harry Chapin and radio talk-show host and current Executive Director Bill Ayres as a means to do the following:

  • Help thousands of America’s hungry find food, all the government nutrition programs, and social services in their neighborhoods through the National Hunger Hotline (1-866-3-HUNGRY).
  • Attack the root causes of hunger and poverty by promoting effective and innovative community-based solutions that create self-reliance, economic justice, and food security.
  • Provide technical assistance, models for replication, and fundraising and media support to help community organization develop new business models based on self-reliance for their clients.
  • Operate as a Non-Governmental Organization at the United Nations to advance micro-lending, sustainable agriculture, and access to clean water throughout the world.
  • Work with performers such as Bruce Springsteen, Michael McDonald, Chicago, Papa Roach and Joss Stone in our Artists Against Hunger and Poverty program to raise awareness and fund for community-based organizations.


Our partner radio stations will be hosting on-air promotions and auctions in support of Hungerthon throughout the Thanksgiving season. To bid on exciting auctions, tune in to the following stations on November 20 and 23 or log onto Charityfolks.com/hungerthon:

  • WCBS Newsradio 880 – 880 AM
  • Sports Radio 66 WFAN – 660 AM
  • 1010 WINS – 1010 AM
  • WCBS-FM – 101.1 FM
  • Q104.3 – 104.3 FM
  • Sirius XM Radio
  • WRXP – 101.9 FM
  • KISS – 98.7 FM
  • WFUV – 90.7 FM


WhyHunger is honored to partner once again with the Hard Rock for the 2010 “ Imagine There’s No Hunger ” campaign. Building on the success of the 2009 campaign, we are confident that, working in concert with existing partners and new ones, we will reach even more children with highly nutritious and fresh food and build the capacity of grassroots partners to expand their outreach well into the future.

Kolkata, India: City of Joy

City of Joy Aid is a non-profit humanitarian organization dedicated to helping some of the world’s most underprivileged. Based in Kolkata, India, this network of clinics, schools, rehabilitation centers and hospital boats has brought relief to the poorest of the poor since 1981. Dominique Lapierre’s royalties and lecture fees, as well as donations from his readers have supported this effort. This action is conducted locally and coordinated by independent Indian social welfare and community organizations.

Kitale, Kenya: Common Ground Program, Pathfinder Academy

Common Ground Program (CGP) is located in Kitale in Western Kenya. Founded in 1995, CGP runs the Pathfinder Academy, a primary school of grades 1-8 with 360 students, mainly orphans and vulnerable children. The school’s large gardens raise food to feed the students. The students are trained in biointensive agriculture methods and then provide outreach into the neighboring communities to teach families biointensive methods. In particular, the students work with AIDS widows, assisting them to develop gardens to grow nutritious foods as a step towards being more independent and better nourished. Since its founding, CGP has trained 37,600 farmers in biointensive farming methods; planted 1.1 million trees and supported the establishment of over 350 community tree nurseries; and rehabilitated 40 acres of degraded land.

Thailand: Pattanarak Foundation

The Pattanarak Foundation works on the Thai border with Burma (Myanmar). It runs an agricultural training center to educate refugee youth and children in sustainable agriculture. The Foundation provides the youth with materials to assist them to set up their own farms, including seeds, seedlings, fish fingerlings, chicks, equipment, etc. The Foundation conducts nutrition educational programs in schools and for parents, to help improve children’s diets. The Foundation also works with people living with HIV/AIDS to assist them to grow and prepare more nutritious foods for themselves and their children.

Papaye, Haiti: Mouvman Peyizan Papay (MPP)

Mouvman Peyizan Papay is a nonprofit organization dedicated to work toward social justice and improvement of quality of life in Haiti. Founded in 1973 in the town of Papaye, MPP works to empower peasants, the poorest and most neglected group in Haiti, to organize themselves to contribute to the construction of a just and responsible society working together for the well being of all. MPP works with local schools to support the local agricultural economy, provide healthy food for children, to teach the students about nutrition and agriculture. Through their organizing work and community development work to improve the quality of the soil, implement sustainable sources of energy, and manage natural resources like water, forests, and seeds, MPP is transforming the rural areas of Haiti to make them prosperous and healthy.