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Hunger and food insecurity are issues that face many American families. Food insecurity is not reserved to families living below the poverty line, but also to families who are dealing with unemployment and very low-incomes. When families do not have enough money to meet their basic needs, choices are often made about what they should pay for things such as housing, transportation, utilities, and more. The result is food insecurity and hunger.

Our goal is to raise awareness on this issue and beginning on Giving Tuesday, November 29, 2016 through December 16th, the Hunters will gather celebrity friends and supporters to host a holiday dinner for families in need. Our goal is to serve dinner to 800 families and provide a toy for every child who attends at locations in New York City and New Jersey. Also, we have set a fundraising goal of $20,000 to support community food banks in New York and New Jersey.

Many New Yorkers are paid at or near the minimum wage – and significant numbers are even illegally paid below that. As a result, in 2012-2014, one million New York State residents lived in households that included at least one-person working but were food insecure or, in other words, were unable to afford enough food. In New Jersey, the number of children living in extreme poverty – roughly $9,500 a year for a family of three – rose an alarming 32% from 2008 to 2012. For 81% of these families, housing costs consumed too large a share of family budgets, leaving less for other necessities such as food, clothing, or transportation.

Established by talk show host, Wendy Williams-Hunter, husband Kevin Hunter, and Lil Kev, the Hunter Foundation was created to forge alliances with public and private organizations for the purposes of improving the lives of children and families through innovative programs and grant-making initiatives and to also help women and men overcome addiction. The foundation’s trustees target giving to charities that impact the cycle of drug addiction, poverty, and bias.

In four (4) locations in NY and NJ, Wendy’s family and friends will serve dinner and distribute toys to the families who attend the holiday dinners. There will be plenty of child-friendly activities, music, and a visit from Santa and Ms. Claus. We welcome your support as a sponsor or donor.  Dinners will be held, November 29, December 7, 13 and 14, 2016.