MAZON collaborates with diverse stakeholders to showcase what’s possible: a country built on compassion, mutual support, and meaningful opportunity. By reflecting on the world as it is, we create a vision of what it could be — one where those in need are supported, the powerful are held to account, and hunger is a distant memory.
MAZON’s virtual Bookshelf is stocked with carefully selected works of fiction and non-fiction related to issues of hunger in America. Choose a book to read on your own or suggest one of the titles at your next book club meeting. Please send book reviews and recommendations to Liz Braun-Lilenfeld, Director of Outreach.
Books for Adults:
- Sweet Charity? Emergency Food and the End of Entitlement by Janet Poppendieck
- Big Hunger by Andrew Fisher
- Caring about Hunger by George Kent
- The American Way of Poverty: How the Other Half Still Lives by Sasha Abramsky
- The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie
- Bastard Out of Carolina by Dorothy Allison
- All You Can Eat: How Hungry Is America? by Joel Berg
- The Worst Hard Time, The Untold Story of Those who Survived the Great American Dustbowl, by Timothy Egan (Read together with The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck)
- $2.00 A Day : Living On Almost Nothing In America by Kathryn J. Edin
- Eat Drink Vote: An Illustrated Guide to Food Politics by Marion Nestle
- The Working Poor: Invisible in America by David Shipler
- My Name is Lucy Barton: A Novel by Elizabeth Stout
- Hand to Mouth: Living in Bootstrap America by Linda Tirado
- Salvage the Bones by Jesmyn Ward
- There Shall Be No Needy: Pursuing Social Justice through Jewish Law and Tradition by Rabbi Jill Jacobs
- SNAP Matters: How Food Stamps Affect Health and Well-Being by Judith Bartfeld, Craig Gundersen, Timothy M. Smeeding, and James P. Ziliak
- So Rich, So Poor: Why It’s So Hard to End Poverty in America by Peter Edelman
- Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City by Matthew Desmond
Books for Children
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Your partnership allows MAZON to be the national Jewish voice dedicated to fighting hunger, particularly for those facing hunger whose struggles are too often over-looked, disregarded, or discounted. Together, we have made a commitment to shine a spotlight on those issues and populations where larger organizations and the government have yet to turn their focus.
Your support of MAZON’s Spotlight Fund helps us fight hunger, particularly for those who are often over-looked, disregarded, or discounted. Together, we shine a spotlight on issues of food insecurity among military families, veterans, Native Americans, single mothers, LGBTQ seniors, college students, and the people of Puerto Rico and the territories. Your gift today strengthens this mission and helps to build a community dedicated to ending hunger for everyone. Join us.
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