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Mercy Corps Hunger Action Week

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October 16, 2008 - 10:30 - October 22, 2008 - 11:00

Event Description: This year on World Food Day, Mercy Corps will open the new Action Center to End World Hunger and kick-off "Hunger Action Week." This week of seven events will raise awareness about global hunger and the steps we can all take to make a difference. The Action Center is a first-of-its-kind interactive public space that educates and empowers visitors to tackle the global challenges posed by hunger and poverty.

Hunger Action Week Events:

Opening Ceremony
Thursday, October 16, 10:30 am - 12:00 pm
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The week commences with a ribbon cutting ceremony, press conference and public tours of the Action Center. We will host a continental breakfast for partners, supporters, donors, friends in government and media as well as all of the people who contributed to the creation of the Center.

Words For Action
Friday, October 17, 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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Mercy Corps and CARE present an evening of spoken word and storytelling featuring Poets House and The Moth, with Andy Borowitz, Andrew Solomon, Suzanne Gardinier and Regie Cabico.

SHaZaM!: A Day for Family Action Heroes
Saturday, October 18, 11:00 am - 3:00 pm
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Mercy Corps and Children for Children will empower young people and their families to take action and become heroes in the fight against global hunger. Join us and learn how youth of all ages can make a difference at home and around the world! Featuring interactive activity stations with UNFAO's Growing Connection, Heifer International, PlayPumps International, The Full Belly Project, Media That Matters and City Harvest.

Give Food A Chance
Sunday, October 19, 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
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The Upright Citizens Brigade and Funny or Die will host a benefit comedy show at the Highline Ballroom featuring performances by Horatio Sanz, Rachel Dratch, Seth Meyers, Jack McBrayer and many more to mark the opening of the Action Center.

Education Exploration: Students Discover Action
Tuesday, October 21, 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Educators and students, grades 6-12, are invited to explore the interactive exhibits and to step into the shoes of a humanitarian aid fieldworker. School group workshops are available throughout the week by registering at

Food Fight: Cleaning up the Mess
Tuesday, October 21, 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
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Mercy Corps and the Food Bank for New York City co-host a panel discussion exploring the root causes of, and possible solutions to, the current global food crisis—New York Times' columnist Nicholas Kristof, World Food Prize winner Catherine Bertini, Food Bank for New York City's President Dr. Lucy Cabrera and other notable participants.

Global Action Awards
Wednesday, October 22, 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Mercy Corps hosts a cocktail party to celebrate the opening of the Action Center and the remarkable contributions of this year's Global Action Award winners. (By invitation only).

More Information: Learn more about The Action Center to End World Hunger and Mercy Corps' Hunger Action Week visit

Mercy Corps Action Center - New York City
6 River Terrace in Battery Park City
New York City, New York
United States



JMKELLAM's picture

Thank you for sharing this

Thank you for sharing this event and schedule with us. I wish I could attend. I will start a canned food drive on October 16th in honor of Hunger Action week. Every little bit helps.

Thanks again!

In friendship,

Jenna Kellam

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