Frederick Douglass’ Freedom

This week in history, formerly enslaved abolitionist Frederick Douglass bluntly criticized the failure of American commitments to “freedom”  in several Independence Day addresses.  “The Meaning of July 4th for the Negro” was delivered to a majority white audience in Rochester, New York. Tomorrow (July 5th) marks its anniversary. For those unfamiliar, we encourage you to…

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What keeps food security volunteers going in Florida?

Food insecurity is a tough crisis to face. What keeps front-line volunteers going? What can concerned people do, and why should they do it? And just how worth it is it, really? To answer some of these questions, we’re interviewing members of the five rockstar Beyond Belief Network teams receiving grants through our Food Security…

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Why Kids Need a Summer Without Hunger

Every day 13 million children in the U.S. aren’t sure where their next meal is coming from. One in six kids don’t have enough to eat at least some of the time. While that number is significant, during summer months it’s even more alarming, nearly doubling as kids lose access to school lunch and breakfast…

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Hurricane Season To Exacerbate Food Insecurity

June 1 marked the official start of hurricane season. When hurricanes hit they can demolish homes, devastate communities and displace people. In most cases electricity is cut, and keeping food fresh is impossible. Food insecurity is a significant dilemma that always emanates in the event of a disaster like a hurricane. An estimated seven million…

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May Beyond Belief Network Roundup!

We just finished rounding up reports from BBN volunteer teams for the month of May — including what teams reported for Secular Week of Action! Let’s check it out…

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Anti-Homeless Laws Across the U.S. Criminalize Survival

U.S. cities with a high number of people without housing keep passing new laws to push unhoused people out of view. Camping is often banned, as well as sleeping in public and living in vehicles. People are routinely evicted from encampments, many losing their belongings. Government restriction of these essential, life-sustaining activities criminalizes the very…

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Meet the teams in our Food Security Project

Last month, FBB launched a brand new Food Security Project to fight hunger by supporting volunteer teams involved in food distribution. In the pilot phase, five teams are receiving monthly grants to help fill holes in their stocks; make special purchases to meet the needs of their beneficiaries; or build infrastructure to allow their program…

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Tired backs, soaring hearts: chatting with food security volunteers

Food insecurity is a tough crisis to face. What keeps front-line volunteers going? What can concerned people do, and why should they do it? And just how worth it is it, really? To answer some of these questions, we’re interviewing members of the five rockstar Beyond Belief Network teams we just tagged to receive grants…

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It’s our birthday. Let’s pass the celebration forward.

We just turned 12 today. We’ve got more than a dozen reasons to celebrate, but there’s one we’d like to focus on today: One person. There is one person whose life you can impact right now. A stranger you’ll never meet, who isn’t sure if they can feed themselves or their family today. Someone who…

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