Below is a short list of excellent resources to learn more about hunger, poverty, and the many public policies that affect low-income people. Most of the national groups have state-specific information.
Bread for the World – Nationwide Christian movement that seeks justice for the world’s hungry people by lobbying our nation’s decision makers.
Brookings Institution – An independent, nonpartisan organization devoted to research, analysis, and public education, with an emphasis on economics, foreign policy, and governance. We regularly use their interactive zip code-level tax data on EITC claims for states, counties, cities, and towns.
Center for Law and Social Policy – Founded in 1968, CLASP conducts research, policy analysis, technical assistance and advocacy on issues related to economic security for low-income families with children. Also a leader in the national effort to establish equal justice for all.
Center on Budget and Policy Priorities – Works at the federal and state levels on fiscal policy and public programs that affect low and moderate income people. They conduct research and develop policy options to alleviate poverty particularly among working families.
Coalition on Human Needs – An alliance of national organizations working together to promote public policies that address the needs of low-income and other vulnerable populations. Membership includes civil rights, religious, labor and advocacy organizations. They track dozens of issues and have a bi-monthly publication.
Community Food Security Coalition – The Community Food Security Coalition (CFSC) is a North American coalition of diverse people and organizations working from the local to international levels to build community food security. It has a diverse membership of almost 300 organizations that focus on social and economic justice, anti-hunger, environmental, community development, sustainable agriculture, community gardening and other fields.
Food Research and Action Center – The Food Research and Action Center (FRAC) is the leading national nonprofit organization working to improve public policies and public-private partnerships to eradicate hunger and undernutrition in the United States. FRAC works with hundreds of national, state and local nonprofit organizations, public agencies, and corporations to address hunger and its root cause, poverty.
National Community Tax Coalition – Leads the national community-based movement in connecting working families to tax benefits. The Coalition and its 500-plus affiliates promote tax credits and financial opportunities by bringing the voices of low- and moderate-income taxpayers to the tax policy arena and providing tools for free tax preparation and financial service programs.
National Priorities Project – The National Priorities Project (NPP) offers citizen and community groups tools and resources to shape federal budget and policy priorities which promote social and economic justice. Their website’s interactive database provides users with a wealth of information on a wide range of budget issues and economic justice concerns.
NETWORK- a Catholic Social Justice Lobby – A progressive voice within the Catholic community calling for peace and economic justice in our nation and the world.
United for a Fair Economy– National, independent, nonpartisan nonprofit organization that raises awareness that concentrated wealth and power undermine the economy, corrupt democracy, deepen the racial divide and tear communities apart. They support and help build social movements for greater equality.
WHY (World Hunger Year)– WHY advances long-term solutions to hunger and poverty by supporting community-based organizations that empower individuals and build self-reliance, i.e., offering job training, education and after school programs; increasing access to housing and healthcare; providing microcredit and entrepreneurial opportunities; teaching people to grow their own food; and assisting small farmers. WHY connects these organizations to funders, media and legislators.
Keystone Research Center– Created to broaden discussion on strategies to achieve a more prosperous and equitable PA economy. Conducts original research and promotes public dialog that addresses important economic and civic problems and proposes new policies to resolve those problems. Proposes workable policy alternatives. Collaboration of academia, labor, religious and business organizations.
PA Hunger Action Center – Dedicated to eliminating the causes of hunger through advocacy, education and collaboration. Supporters include food providers, growers, religious organizations, food industry members, advocates and consumers. Their monthly newsletter, the PA Hunger Advocate is up-to-date and focused mainly, but not completely, on government programs for hungry and poor people.
PathWays PA– With offices throughout Southeastern Pennsylvania and advocacy initiatives on behalf of low-wage workers statewide, PathWays PA provides programs committed to the development of client self-sufficiency. PathWays PA conducts research and advocacy campaigns in addition to its client services.
Pennsylvania Budget and Policy Center – is a nonpartisan, statewide policy research project that provides independent, credible analysis on state tax, budget, and related policy matters, with attention to the impact of current or proposed policies on working families. It analyzes and disseminates information on short-term budget, policy, and revenue proposals as well as long-term trends and challenges.
Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank – A non-profit organization that collects and distributes food through a 350+ member network in 11 counties in southwestern Pennsylvania. The food bank works through food solicitation, fund raising, special events, community partnerships, research, and direct outreach to fight hunger in our community.
Urban League of Greater Pittsburgh – As the largest comprehensive social service/civil rights organization in Southwestern Pennsylvania, the Urban League of Greater Pittsburgh provides services in the areas of education, health advocacy, housing, early childhood and youth development, hunger services, employment and career training and counseling, and economic empowerment.
yumpittsburgh – yumpittsburgh is part of a Penn State project which strives to strengthen the local food infrastructure in Western Pa by connecting the supply and demand sides of our foodshed. This site will highlight timely info for and about farmers, food, events and resources in our community. Yum is coordinated by Heather Mikulas, Program Associate, Community Based Agriculture, Penn State Extension, Allegheny County.