Alleviating poverty is one of the core missions of the social work profession, and one of the major difficulties that often goes along with poverty is hunger. Families who lose financial stability often have a hard time getting enough to eat, and the process for getting food stamps or other government assistance can be arduous. Food banks play a huge part in making sure that families affected by poverty, especially those with children, can get what they need. Any social worker with clients affected by poverty may need to help their clients get connected with local food banks and organizations that provide nutritional and monetary assistance. Additionally, many social workers are employed at, or collaborate with, groups that advocate on behalf of those in poverty to help them get food, shelter, and equitable legal treatment.

This is not a ranked list, but an acknowledgment of organizations that are doing good work, and a resource for social workers, or social work students, who want to make alleviating poverty and hunger a central mission in their social work careers.

Food Banks & Anti-Hunger Groups

These groups provide the much needed service of gathering food, often donated from community members and businesses, and distributing it among families in need. Many of these organizations also work to raise awareness of poverty and hunger in their communities and to inspire others to help raise people out of poverty.

  1. Food Pantries

    FoodPantries

    For many, locating a food pantry in which to receive aid is the hardest part when trying to support a struggling family. Food Pantries makes it easy to locate different resources across the country.

    Helpful Info: About Us

  2. Children’s Hunger Alliance

    ChildrensHungerAlliance

    Children’s Hunger Alliance directly feeds children nutritious and healthy meal options that ensures the reinforcement of a healthy lifestyle that many low-income children do not have access to.

    Helpful Info: Directly Feeding Children Nutritious Meals

  3. Oxfam America

    OxfamAmerica

    Oxfam America is one of the best known organizations for advocating globally for eliminating injustices concerning poverty, hunger, and social issues. Combined with their expertise on these issues, they are able many times to garner the voice needed to affect real change concerning hunger.

    Helpful Info: Take Action

  4. The Hunger Project

    TheHungerProject

    The Hunger Project is a global organization working to end hunger issues across the world “by empowering people to lead lives of self-reliance, meet their own basic needs and build better futures for their children.” They do not distribute food, but work with rural and low income populations to help teach life skills and other sustaining behaviors to help overcome underlying hunger issues.

    Helpful Info: FAQ

  5. Society of St. Andrew

    SocietyofStAndrew

    An intentional community of people dedicated to serve the hungry and poor, St. Andrew’s works to feed the community several ways. They gather and distribute fresh crops, as well as harvest potatoes and produce – these donations to the community can make the lives of the under privileged much easier.

    Helpful Info: About Us

  6. Rhode Island Community Food Bank

    RhodeIslandCommunityFoodBank

    The Rhode Island Community Food Bank works to provide long term solutions to hunger. Between volunteers, donations, and good partnerships, this organization is able to provide nutritious meals to people in their community and connect them with other resources.

    Helpful Info: FAQs and Statistics

  7. Mazon

    Mazon

    Mason offers a dual approach to hunger – supporting the organizations that serve hungry people as well as researching and solving the underlying causes of hunger. Their programs include an advocacy aspect to reach lawmakers and strategic initiatives to continually generate ideas within the anti-hunger community.

    Helpful Info: Our Programs

  8. Bread for the World

    BreadfortheWorld

    Bread for the World is an organization that works to end poverty by petitioning government officials for changes in the law, as well as working to help individuals find work. Social workers can find many resources here for their own personal knowledge base, as well as direct others here for help.

    Helpful Info: What We Do

  9. Philabundance

    Philabundance

    Knowing there is no single solution to hunger, this organization attempt to meet several of them. They have a food pantry and kitchen, but also offer interesting resources like “Meals on a Budget” to make the most of their meals for emergency situations.

    Helpful Info: How We Work

  10. San Francisco Food Bank

    SanFranciscoFoodBank

    The San Francisco Food Bank is a fantastic resource for those looking to help eradicate poverty and serve those in need. People can find stories from people in their community, find out about ways to work in their poverty-eliminating programs, and volunteer to give and work in their food drives.

    Helpful Info: Our Work

  11. Project Bread – The Walk for Hunger

    ProjectBreadTheWalkforHunger

    Project Bread – The Walk for Hunger is an organization committed to fighting hunger for all people, regardless of background, and giving them access to healthy options and more.

    Helpful Info: Thinking About Hunger

  12. Community FoodBank of New Jersey

    CommunityFoodBankofNewJersey

    While the Community Food Bank of New Jersey offers feeding programs for families, kids, and individuals, they also offer education and training to help strengthen lower income families. From tax preparation assistance to food service training, there are many opportunities available that create help and hope for families.

    Helpful Info: Programs

  13. Food Bank of Delaware

    FoodBankofDelaware

    Food Bank of Delaware has lots of ways for the community to get involved in their fight against hunger, from fundraising to donating to volunteering in their distribution efforts. Their programs are extensive because they are committed to serving every low income community and know that to reach everyone, they need all able hands.

    Helpful Info: About

  14. Hunger Task Force

    HungerTaskForce

    Hunger Task Force seeks to end hunger by providing for people through directly meeting their needs with food programs such as food banks and also leading efforts to change the circumstances of low income families through pursuing laws that secure economic equality and access to nutrition and health care. Social counselors in Wisconsin can find information about poverty, plus resources about how to meet those challenges.

    Helpful Info: About Us

  15. FeedMore

    FeedMore

    FeedMore helps Central Virginia to combat hunger and is comprised of food banks, Meals on Wheels, and the Community Kitchen. Today, they’re able to promote nutritional education among children and foster a sense of community among the region’s most vulnerable.

    Helpful Info: Food Bank

  16. Food Bank of Central and Eastern North Carolina

    FoodBankofCentralandEasternNorthCarolina

    This food bank has many programs meant to meet the needs of families in North Carolina. Families with children or individuals can find and access information to ensure that they have the resources they need.

    Helpful Info: Hunger Information

  17. Food Bank of the Rockies

    FoodBankoftheRockies

    One out of seven people in Colorado – including children and seniors – live in food insecurity situations, and the Food Bank of the Rockies helps to take care of that hunger. Through their food drives, their mobile pantry, and their distribution center which can stock other local food pantries, they are meeting the needs of desperate families in their area.

    Helpful Info: Programs

  18. Second Harvest Food Bank of Santa Clara and San Mateo Counties

    SecondHarvestFoodBankofSantaClaraandSanMateoCounties

    This organization is ambitious in their hunger fighting goals. They partner with the low income community to offer nutrition education, supplemental foods, produce, and a food pantry, all equaling over 45 million pounds of food to meet hunger needs.

    Helpful Info: What Are We Doing to Stop Childhood Hunger

  19. Meals on Wheels

    MealsonWheels

    Meals on Wheels serves seniors with limited mobility as well as limited resources. Meals on Wheels provides them with nutritious meals as well as much needed social contact for seniors who are homebound. There are certainly social workers who work with the older generation and should be well acquainted with this resource.

    Helpful Info: Senior Hunger

  20. Bay Area Food Bank

    BayAreaFoodBank

    Working with families who are chronically hungry or in emergency and disaster situations, the Bay Area Food Bank is a real resource for hungry families. Because of their excellent work meeting the needs of the people in the Bay Area, Charity Navigator has rated them one of the top 10 charities in the US.

    Helpful Info: About Us

  21. Manna Food Center

    MannaFoodCenter

    Manna Food Center is the main food bank in Montgomery County in Maryland. As a non-profit, their explicit intention is to combat hunger locally and ensure families are aptly fed.

    Helpful Info: Hunger 101

  22. Ohio Association of Foodbanks

    OhioAssocofSecondHarvestFoodbanks

    The Ohio Association of Foodbanks helps ensure the 12 Feeding America food banks in Ohio are aptly equipped to supply those in need all over the state.

    Helpful Info: Advocacy

  23. Hunger Free Colorado

    HungerFreeColorado

    Hunger Free Colorado tries to meet the struggle of hunger and poverty. Their focus is on helping seniors, kids and families with food programs; helping families file paperwork that allows them to receive benefits from the state; and studying political policy and advocating for changes when necessary.

    Helpful Info: About

  24. Central Pennsylvania Food Bank

    CentralPennsylvaniaFoodBank

    This organization is a resource for anyone in Pennsylvania looking to end hunger or feed the hungry. Social workers can connect clients with representatives here, as well as learn about local food drives.

    Helpful Info: Resources

  25. Second Harvest Food Bank Santa Cruz County

    SecondHarvestFoodBankSantaCruzCounty

    Some of the resources Second Hand offers include summer lunch sites, neighborhood food pantries, and even diabetes treatment and prevention. Social workers can work alongside any of their resources or partner agencies to help take a stand against hunger as well as connect clients with valuable resources.

    Helpful Info: Additional Resources

  26. Connecticut Association for Human Services

    ConnecticutAssociationforHumanServices

    The Connecticut Association for Human Services promotes strategies for low-income families to prosper into economic security and financial independence. Through the work they do, they also help to ensure families have the food they need.

    Helpful Info: Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program

  27. Contra Costa Child Care Council

    ContraCostaChildCareCouncil

    The nonprofit Child Care Council of Contra Costa offers services that allow for parents to help meet their goals while providing excellent care for their children. They can help parents find quality child care, see if low income families qualify for childcare subsidized care, and advocate for laws involving child health and safety.

    Helpful Info: About Us

  28. End Hunger Connecticut!

    EndHungerConnecticut

    End Hunger Connecticut aims to end hunger among the state’s citizens through legislative and administrative work. They’re very active in local communities and have done an incredible amount to advocate for those who lack the proper means for food.

    Helpful Info: Legislative Action

  29. National WIC Association

    NationalWICAssociation

    WIC offers help to under resourced women and children – not just in economic assistance, but also in emotional support. Social workers should be sure to recommend this organization to new moms or low income moms who need help from things breastfeeding to getting groceries and medicines.

    Helpful Info: Overview

  30. Idaho Community Action Network

    IdahoCommunityActionNetwork

    The Idaho Community Action Network believes in economic, social, and racial justice for all – through things like immigration reform, lobbying against big banks, lobbying for Medicaid expansion, and educating the community on other ideas that would bring equality to their community. Their diversity and sense of justice makes them a leader in the issues of families in low income areas.

    Helpful Info: Issues

  31. Just Harvest

    JustHarvest

    Based in Allegheny County, Pennsylvania, Just Harvest provides their community ample resource for mobilizing, advocating, and servicing towards economic justice. The idea behind the organization is that hunger and poverty are merely symptoms of underlying injustices rooted economic and political circumstances.

    Helpful Info: The Welfare Justice Project

  32. Partners for a Hunger Free Oregon

    PartnersforaHungerFreeOregon

    Partners for a Hunger-Free Oregon helps residents of the state with food security programs to make sure that all Oregonians have the means and access to nutritious, quality food.

    Helpful Info: What We Do

  33. Washington Food Coalition

    WashingtonFoodCoalition

    Washington Food Coalition works to feed the people of Washington State through food banks, emergency meals, and distribution so that no one has to go hungry. Their continued and long term support – as well as reaching out into the community for partner relationships with groups like The Salvation Army, the Department of Agriculture, and Volunteers of America – means that more and more people can find the help they need.

    Helpful Info: Resources

  34. Second Harvest of Northwest Pennsylvania

    SecondHarvestofNorthwestPennsylvania

    The Second Harvest Food Bank is very successful at meeting the needs of the hungry in Northwest Pennsylvania. Not only do they offer thousands of pounds of foods per year, their volunteer-run events get the community involved in the lives of others and educate them in the need around them.

    Helpful Info: About Us

  35. Southeast Iowa Community Action

    SoutheastIowaCommunityAction

    Like the name of the organization implies, the ICAA works to create change in the communities of Iowa. For over ICAA they have been helping to lobby to create laws to create a level of economic fairness, as well as offer services to under resourced families in Iowa communities.

    Helpful Info: About ICAA

  36. World Hunger Education & Advocacy (WHEAT)

    WorldHungerEducationAdvocacyWHEAT

    World Hunger Education & Advocacy emphasizes their goal of getting people all the information they need and empowering them to instill change in their communities and globally in the fight against poverty.

    Helpful Info: Action Alerts

  37. Federation of Virginia Food Banks

    FederationofVirginiaFoodBanks

    Through a combination of soup kitchens, after school programs, senior centers, household distribution, and other programs, the Virginia Food Banks work to end hunger. They are also aware that ending the cycle of hunger means empowering people and their events work to demonstrate and education people on this.

    Helpful Info: About Us

  38. Lafayette Urban Ministry

    LafayetteUrbanMinistry

    Lafayette Urban Ministry’s webpage is full of events that raise money for local and global hunger issues. They work mostly with food and hunger issues – through monetary donations and a local Indiana food bank – but also have an active role in other social issues with an emergency shelter and after school program for under resourced children in the community.

    Helpful Info: Hunger Hike

  39. Hunger Volunteer

    HungerVolunteer

    Hunger Volunteer is a unique program that connects volunteers with hunger relief programs needing help. Their website serves as an education tool for businesses and individuals on the best ways to serve with information on raising awareness, collecting food, raising money, getting involved in legislating, and even helping people file SNAP paperwork.

    Helpful Info: Our Initiative

  40. Child Care Food Program Roundtable

    ChildCareFoodProgramRoundtable

    This organization works to ensure that every child not only has enough to eat, but also has access to nutritious meals. Social workers working with children in California might find nutrition and research information for families here.

    Helpful Info: Resources

  41. The Foodbank, Inc.

    TheFoodbankInc

    The Food Bank of Dayton works with their community to make healthy food accessible and to speak out to maintain that this is right, not a privilege. Their hunger relief efforts reach over 1,000 local children as well as hundreds of families.

    Helpful Info: Learn

  42. New Mexico Appleseed

    NewMexicoAppleseed

    New Mexico Appleseed aids New Mexicans who suffer from hunger and last year alone they were able to help over 100,000 children. Aside from providing actual food, NM Appleseed also works on the legislative end to better implement progress.

    Helpful Info: Hunger

  43. Hunger Relief International

    HungerReliefInternational

    This organization works on worldwide strategies to meet the immediate need of hunger in communities, but also to teach and achieve self-sufficiency. Hunger Relief hopes that this two fold approach will ultimately meet the necessities of clean water, health care, and nutritious food for families.

    Helpful Info: What We Do

  44. Food Research and Action Center

    FoodResearchandActionCenter

    The Food Research and Action Center is a leading organization in helping to change policy that would help to eradicate hunger and malnutrition in the United States. The group works with hundreds of public agencies and organizations across the country to address the causes of hunger, poverty, and food insecurity that families and children face everyday.

    Helpful Info: About FRAC

  45. Fresno Metro Ministry

    FresnoMetroMinistry

    The Fresno Metro Ministry works to advocate for low income families as a voice speaking up about government policies affecting this group. Over the years, their work has helped form changes in the area of bringing access to nutritious meals, cleaner air, and lower cost health care.

    Helpful Info: About Us

  46. Feeding Indiana’s Hungry

    FeedingIndianasHungry

    Feeding Indiana’s Hungry shares both the reality of and possible solutions for hunger in Indiana. Since 2005, they have been working to maximize both their public and private connections to serve the needs of people across the state.

    Helpful Info: About Us

  47. Harry Chapin Food Bank of SW Florida

    HarryChapinFoodBankofSWFlorida

    Since 1983, this food bank has been providing food to senior centers, family centers, soup kitchens, day care centers, rehabilitation facilities, and other agencies. Their work has allowed for members of the community to have access to nutritious food and not have to worry about where their next meal might come from.

    Helpful Info: FAQ

  48. Preble Street

    PrebleStreet

    Preble Street offers a multitude of services for homeless and underprivileged individuals and families – from soup kitchens and food pantries to housing services to teen programs. Local social workers in Maine would certainly be able to help people connect with resources there that would help improve their situation.

    Helpful Info: About Us

  49. Food Bank of Lincoln

    FoodBankofLincoln

    Food Bank of Lincoln offers a wide variety of programs to meet many different needs. From the Housewarming project, which helps woman moving out of shelters, to the Rural Mobile Pantry, which gets food to far flung places, they are dedicated to reaching every hungry person.

    Helpful Info: Events

  50. Farm to Table

    FarmtoTable

    Farm to Table promotes local and sustainable resources, as well as encourages family farming, farmer’s markets and agricultural traditions. Quality grown and nutritious food are brought into cafeterias and restaurants – the result is a healthier community, healthier foods, and a healthier economy with fully empowered individuals on both ends.

    Helpful Info: News and Events

  51. Island Harvest

    IslandHarvest

    There are almost 300,000 low income individuals in Long Island, and the Long Island Food Bank exists to meet their needs. Their website shares what programs are available – including food pantries and soup kitchens – but also shares food safety, food recalls, nutrition information, and other food news.

    Helpful Info: About Us

  52. Idaho Hunger Relief Task Force

    IdahoHungerReliefTaskForce

    The Idaho Hunger Relief Task Force looks out for every Idahoan and locates resources for fighting hunger. Their chief goal is to provide food security for all residents and the site has great information on hunger issues.

    Helpful Info: Hunger Issues

  53. Food Bank of Iowa

    FoodBankofIowa

    Food Bank of Iowa is committed to equipping Iowans with the food and resources to eat properly and well. Through their useful resources and outreach, they’ve been able to implement an incredible amount of progress among citizens.

    Helpful Info: Fresh Produce Program

  54. Feeding America

    FeedingAmerica

    Feeding America is an incredibly well-known organization that promotes community empowerment when it comes to combatting hunger. Since hunger typically has no uniform face, it makes the issue incredibly difficult to work against.

    Helpful Info: How We Fight Hunger

  55. No Kid Hungry

    NoKidHungry

    No Kid Hungry emphasizes the ways we can work together to ensure that all children are able to get the food they need to properly focus on school and empower a new generation of Americans.

    Helpful Info: The Solution

  56. Just Food

    JustFood

    Non-profit Just Food helps communities in New York have access to all the local farms and locally grown food in surrounding areas. It’s a great program that helps ensure that the millions of people living in New York City have all the locally cultivated options available.

    Helpful Info: Marketplace

  57. WhyHunger

    WhyHunger

    WhyHunger helps build a movement to end hunger and also connect people, particularly children, to nutritious, affordable food to increase self-reliance and empower communities.

    Helpful Info: Connect

  58. Harvest Hope Food Bank

    HarvestHopeFoodBank

    Having served almost two million people in the 2011-2012 fiscal year, Harvest Hope Food Bank is making their mark on the communities they aim to support. In addition to helping individuals in Columbia, they also supply food to over 20 counties in South Carolina.

    Helpful Info: Hunger

  59. The Alliance to End Hunger

    TheAlliancetoEndHunger

    The Alliance to End Hunger works with a number of institutions to ensure that no one goes without food and help other organizations that administer aid concerning hunger.

    Helpful Info: Building Political Will

  60. Foodshare

    Foodshare

    Foodshare envisions a world in which no child is forced to go hungry and their work in Hartford, CT has shown the ability to make large strides in such a short period of time. They have garnered an impressive following and have contributed to increased stability in the communities they support.

    Helpful Info: Foodshare’s Role

  61. California WIC Association

    CaliforniaWICAssociation

    The California WIC Association has a chief goal of nourishing, educating, supporting, and empowering families across the state to fortify a stronger future. They help also aid pregnant women or those who have recently given birth to ensure all proper resources are met for children.

    Helpful Info: Breastfeeding Advocacy

  62. California Association of Food Banks

    CaliforniaAssociationofFoodBanks

    The California Association of Food Banks helps educate individuals across the state as to all the different ways to make an impact on their own community. The site breaks down all the different food banks and the outreach they’re doing to make sure no one goes hungry. The site also has great information on hunger across the state.

    Helpful Info: Hunger in California

  63. Fighting Hunger

    FightingHunger

    Fighting Hunger by Developing Leaders is a non-profit that focuses intently to make issues of hunger, both domestically and internationally, a priority to policymakers in the United States government. By starting from a legislative level, steps can be made to help fight hunger.

    Helpful Info: Policy & Advocacy

  64. United Communities Against Poverty

    UnitedCommunitiesAgainstPoverty

    United Communities Against Poverty helps to ease the burden that poverty imposes on others around the world and increase the awareness of low-income individuals.

    Helpful Info: Neighborhood Development

  65. End Hunger Network

    EndHungerNetwork

    End Hunger Network looks to unite Americans on the issue of childhood hunger and provide adequate food to the surprising number of children in the United States who lack resources.

    Helpful Info: Hunger in America

  66. Feinstein Center for a Hunger Free America

    FeinsteinCenterforaHungerFreeAmerica

    Feinstein Center for a Hunger Free America is based out of The University of Rhode Island and works on developing an end to the hunger problem, starting in Rhode Island and continuing across the country. They have an impressive display of informational resources and outreach team.

    Helpful Info: Outreach and Advocacy

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    Policy & The Law

    Many organizations, from local and national poverty law centers to political activists, are working on diminishing poverty levels by trying to change the law and public policy to be more accommodating and offer more assistance to families and individuals in poverty.

  68. Southern Poverty Law Center

    SouthernPovertyLawCenter

    Southern Poverty Law Center helps to combat hate and bigotry, along with promote the elimination of social injustice and community empowerment. By working to better these areas, we can increase stability among cultures and communities.

    Helpful Info: Children at Risk

  69. Nebraska Appleseed Center for Law in the Public Interest

    NebraskaAppleseedCenterforLawinthePublicInterest

    One issue that Appleseed takes seriously is economic justice. They believe that long term solutions are key for successfully facing issues, and use law and litigation to bring change – they have tackled issues in the areas of education and job training, food security, and public assistance.

    Helpful Info: Economic Justice

  70. South Carolina Appleseed Legal Justice Center

    SouthCarolinaAppleseedLegalJusticeCenter

    One issue that Appleseed takes seriously is economic justice. They believe that long term solutions are key for successfully facing issues, and use law and litigation to bring change – they have tackled issues in the areas of education and job training, food security, and public assistance. They also work tirelessly on immigration issues, which continue to be crucial.

    Helpful Info: About Us

  71. Center for Civil Justice

    CenterforCivilJustice

    The Center for Civil Justice is dedicated to advocating for those in Michigan who have difficulty meeting their basic needs, as well as presenting any news on changes in legal policies. Their current issues include healthcare, food programs, child care, and more.

    Helpful Info: How Do We Fight Poverty

  72. Empire Justice Center

    EmpireJusticeCenter

    The mission of Empire Justice is to ensure social and economic justice for all New Yorkers. Their firm provides legal assistance for low income families, and would be a great resource for social workers to connect clients with.

    Helpful Info: Issues

  73. Georgia Legal Services

    GeorgiaLegalServices

    Georgia Legal Services attempts to address the fact that there are too few lawyers in the areas of poverty. Their presence encourages economic growth as well as offers services to people in need.

    Helpful Info: What We Do

  74. Maine Equal Justice Project

    MaineEqualJusticeProject

    Maine Equal Justice Project exists to improve the lives of low income individuals. Their top solution ideas are education and advocacy, and these methods help them change the lives of people in the areas of immigration, health care, economic security.

    Helpful Info: About MEJP

  75. Center on Budget and Policy Priorities

    CenteronBudgetandPolicyPriorities

    The Center on Budget and Policy Priorities help shape debates in public concerning different budget and tax policies, particularly those that may affect low-income families and individuals. Additionally, they help develop policy options to alleviate poverty.

    Helpful Info: Policy Basics

  76. Policy Link

    PolicyLink

    Policy Link is a research and action institute that advocates for economic and social equity through a program called Lifting Up What Works. The site is regularly updated with insightful information about the latest concerning social justice.

    Helpful Info: Center for Health Equity and Place

  77. Virginia Poverty Law Center

    VirginiaPovertyLawCenter

    The Virginia Poverty Law Center helps assist lower-income citizens of Virginia who are seeking justice on civil legal matters. Combined with the understanding that many times those in poverty lack the proper legal services, The Virginia Law Center does a fantastic job supporting the community.

    Helpful Info: Consumer Law

  78. The Commonwealth Institute

    TheCommonwealthInstitute

    The Commonwealth Institute does economic and fiscal research and analysis to understand and advance the economic status of low to moderate income individuals, particularly residents of the state of Virginia.

    Helpful Info: Labor and Wage Research

  79. Oregon Center for Public Policy

    OregonCenterforPublicPolicy

    The Oregon Center for Public Policy researches extensively on budget, tax, and economic issues to find ample solutions for low-income and poverty stricken families statewide. The site highlights some interesting ways they’re serving communities and also has an extensive array of support options.

    Helpful Info: Poverty

  80. Shriver Center on Poverty Law

    ShriverCenteronPovertyLaw

    Shriver Center on Poverty Law understands that the laws in place still hold low-income individuals at a disadvantage when it comes to being represented in court. They advocate for positive policy changes on many different issues concerning justice problems pertinent to these individuals.

    Helpful Info: Housing Justice

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    Anti-Poverty Advocacy

    Anti-Poverty advocates disseminate information and work with public and private organizations to decrease poverty systematically by increasing access to technology, housing, legal representation, food, and many other resources that are much more difficult to obtain for families affected by poverty.

  82. Institute for Research on Poverty

    InstituteforResearchonPoverty

    The Institute for Research on Poverty is an ample source of all the tools to educate individuals on poverty and food access, particularly in Wisconsin. The institute is based out of the University of Wisconsin-Madison and helps drive incredible research initiatives.

    Helpful Info: Health and Poverty

  83. National Poverty Center

    NationalPovertyCenter

    The National Poverty Center works to conduct research on the underlying and multilayered issues of poverty. Social workers can find useful information in facing situations in with those living in poverty and extreme conditions.

    Helpful Info: Poverty Facts

  84. American Poverty

    AmericanPoverty

    American Poverty is an interesting site that has an incredible photo essay series highlighting the incredible effects poverty has on families and communities. By using visual media to promote their causes, they can successfully paint a picture of some lesser known issues in America today.

    Helpful Info: Photo Essays

  85. Spotlight on Poverty

    SpotlightonPoverty

    While physically feeding families is one way to fight poverty and provide for people, this organization is focused on providing opportunities so that people can provide for themselves. They are aware of the scope of poverty in the country, and feel that one of the best ways to combat it is through political policy and research on the economy.

    Helpful Info: About Us

  86. Poverty & Race Research Action Council

    PovertyRaceResearchActionCouncil

    PRRAC works to eradicate issues of poverty and racism. Their current projects include things in the area of health, housing, education, and civil research issues.

    Helpful Info: Resources

  87. Virginia Community Action Partnership

    VirginiaCommunityActionPartnership

    Social workers in Virginia can find a wealth of information about programs in place that are meant to fight poverty. State and local resources are available for low income families and social workers can connect people they help with the best resources in their community.

    Helpful Info: Programs

  88. West Coast Poverty Center

    WestCoastPovertyCenter

    The West Coast Poverty Center works to educate the public about the underlying issues of poverty in an endeavor to reach long term solutions. Their research allows for resources to be developed and offered to the community.

    Helpful Info: Poverty in the United States

  89. Coalition on Human Needs

    CoalitiononHumanNeeds

    The Coalition on Human Needs is made up of many different national organizations and helps promote public policies that address low-income and populations that may be susceptible to civil injustices. Since 1981, they’ve worked extensively to implement change across the country.

    Helpful Info: Take Action

  90. RESULTS

    RESULTS

    RESULTS works to end poverty across the country and approaches this issue in many different names, including with a Skills Center to better assist communities.

    Helpful Info: Group Building and Leadership

  91. Crossroads Urban Center

    CrossroadsUrbanCenter

    Crossroads Urban Center works in Salt Lake City, Utah to help low-income individuals. Not only do they operate an impressive food pantry, but also a thrift store to help individuals be properly fed and clothed.

    Helpful Info: Fighting Poverty

  92. Out of Poverty Caucus

    OutofPovertyCaucus

    Out of Poverty Caucus was created during the failed economic policies during the Bush Administration and helps to build support for legislative efforts that aim to reduce unemployment, end hunger, and improve education at all levels.

    Helpful Info: Health

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    Relevant Resources

    From inexpensive housing providers to groups helping children in poverty get better educations, there are people working on alleviating both the symptoms and the causes of poverty from every angle, and social workers are a crucial part of these efforts.

  94. Habitat for Humanity

    HabitatforHumanity

    Habitat for Humanity is a well-known organization that provides homeless or low-income families stable, adequate shelter. It’s an initiative that is nearly 40 years old and has used volunteers provider over 200,000 families with housing across the world.

    Helpful Info: Where we build

  95. Children’s Alliance

    ChildrensAlliance

    This excellent Washington based program helps to secure resources for children by working to change laws so that children and families don’t have to live in poverty. Social workers often have contact with kids in desperate situations who need advocates – this organization helps with that goal.

    Helpful Info: What We Do

  96. Children’s HealthWatch

    ChildrensHealthWatch

    Children’s HealthWatch is an informative site for monitoring economic conditions and the interesting implications they often have on public policy and the health of young children.

    Helpful Info: Latest Research and News

  97. National Center for Children in Poverty

    NationalCenterforChildreninPoverty

    The National Center for Children in Poverty is part of Columbia University and focuses intently to help families get the financial guidance they need to graduate into a better lifestyle with the means to be successful economically.

    Helpful Info: Basic Needs

  98. Neighborhood Partnerships

    NeighborhoodPartnerships

    Neighborhood Partnerships is a community-based organization that helps low-income Oregonians in both rural and urban settings to have access to the resources they need to be successful.

    Helpful Info: Leadership Development

  99. Child Welfare League of America

    ChildWelfareLeagueofAmerica

    The Child Welfare League of America helps to advocate for all the children living in poverty, as well as those being abused. The website helps provide a wealth of good resources for education on a number of issues.

    Helpful Info: Advocacy

  100. Voices for America’s Children

    VoicesforAmericasChildren

    Voices for America’s Children is the largest multi-issue child advocacy organization in the United States and helps to promotes efforts at each level to improve the lives of children, from hunger to abuse and more.

    Helpful Info: America’s Kids, America’s Future

  101. Institute for Children, Poverty & Homelessness

    InstituteforChildrenPovertyHomelessnes

    The Institute for Children, Poverty, and Homelessness focuses on providing the resources to combat homelessness of children and families, a statistic that has increased substantially over the past decade. The organization is a great outlet for gaining information on homelessness as well.

    Helpful Info: Mission and History

  102. ChildStats: Federal Interagency Forum on Child and Family Statistics

    ChildStats

    ChildStats: Federal Interagency Forum on Child and Family Statistics is composed of 22 federal agencies that work to identify trends concerning child and family well-being.

    Helpful Info: About the Forum

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