Mercy Corps - fighting world hunger

This week the spotlight is on not-for-profit international humanitarian organization, Mercy Corps. "Mercy Corps exists to alleviate suffering, poverty and oppression by helping people build secure, productive and just communities." -

On October 16, 2008 Mercy Corps is opening a new museum in Lower Manhattan called the Action Center to End World Hunger. 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. To celebrate the launch, they have planned the Hunger Action Week, a week of seven events designed to raise awareness about global hunger and the steps we can all take to make a difference.

I urge you to read about this organization, visit their websites and attend at least one of the following events next week. After all darlings, life is not just about looking fabulous, being fabulous is taking time out to give back every now and again!

Mercy Corps' Hunger Action Week

October 16 - 22, 2008

**Unless otherwise specified, all events will be held in the Action Center to End World Hunger at 6 River Terrace, Battery Park City, Lower Manhattan.

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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Andy Borowitz hosts an evening of spoken word and storytelling with Poets House and The Moth. This event will feature poetry by Regie Cabico, Suzanne Gardinier and Tahani Salah and stories from Andrew Solomon and graduates of The MothSHOP Community Outreach Program.
Download the event flyer in PDF form Here

* SHaZaM!: A Day for Family Action Heroes
Saturday, October 18, 11:00 am - 3:00 pm
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This October 18th, 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 The Growing Connection (UN/FAO), Heifer International, PlayPumps International, The Full Belly Project, Media That Matters and City Harvest.
Download the event flyer in PDF form Here

* 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, Matt Walsh, Chevy Chase, Jack McBrayer, Christopher Meloni, Seth Meyers, Jason Sudeikis, Will Forte, Rachel Dratch, Nick Kroll, John Mulaney, Todd Barry, Bobby Moynihan, Casey Wilson, The Apple Sisters, Miriam Tolan, Jon Glaser, Triumph the Insult Comic Dog, and more to mark the opening of the Action Center.
Download the event flyer in PDF form Here

* 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 via email 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. Confirmed participants include New York Times columnist Nicholas Kristof, World Food Prize winner Catherine Bertini and President and CEO of the Food Bank for New York City, Dr. Lucy Cabrera.

* 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 works amid disasters, conflicts, chronic poverty and instability to unleash the potential of people who can win against nearly impossible odds. Since 1979, Mercy Corps has provided $1.5 billion in assistance to people in 106 nations. Supported by headquarters offices in North America and Europe, the agency's unified global programs employ 3,500 staff worldwide and reach nearly 16.4 million people in more than 35 countries."