The Center for Hunger-Free Communities, established in 2004, is a community-engaged research, service, advocacy and policy center of Drexel University Dornsife School of Public Health in Philadelphia, PA. The Center for Hunger-Free Communities offers the same multi-faceted research and action that has characterized the work on hunger and poverty at Drexel with the goal of developing innovative, empirically-tested solutions to the challenges of hunger and economic insecurity.
Interview with Center Director for Toward Trauma-Informed Philadelphia, Dr. Mariana Chilton
Interview with Dr Chilton from 2013
The Center's work encompasses four key projects: 1) Witnesses to Hunger  that facilitates participation of mothers who know poverty first-hand in the national dialogue on hunger, 2) the Philadelphia-site of nationally renowned research endeavor, Children’s HealthWatch , that links policy to child well-being and development, 3) the Building Wealth and Health Microfinance Demonstration Project  that will develop a peer-oriented, asset-building model that helps women break the cycle of poverty, and 4) EAT (Everyone At the Table) Cafe , a pay-what-you-can community cafe in West Philadelphia. In addition, the Center provides Outreach Services  that provides case management support and social services referrals for all the families with whom we work as well as guiding S.E.L.F. peer support groups  based on the Sanctuary®  model.
Children's Hunger Born From Mothers' Trauma
Chilton, M., Knowles, M., Bloom, S. L. (2016). The Intergenerational Circumstances of Household Food Insecurity and Adversity. Journal of Hunger & Environmental Nutrition, DOI: 10.1080/19320248.2016.1146195.
Knowles, M., Rabinowich, J., Ettinger de Cuba, S., Cutts, D. B., & Chilton, M. (2016). “Do You Wanna Breathe or Eat?”: Parent Perspectives on Child Health Consequences of Food Insecurity, Trade-Offs, and Toxic Stress. Maternal and Child Health Journal, 20(1), 25-32. doi:10.1007/s10995-015-1797-8
Sun, J., Knowles, M., Patel, F., Frank, D. A., Heeren, T. C., & Chilton, M. (2016). Childhood Adversity and Adult Reports of Food Insecurity Among Households With Children. American journal of preventive medicine 50(5), 561.
Chilton, M., Knowles, M., Rabinowich, J., & Arnold, K. T. (2015). The relationship between childhood adversity and food insecurity: 'It's like a bird nesting in your head'. Public health nutrition 18(14), 2643.
Chilton, M. M., Rabinowich, J. R., & Woolf, N. H. (2012). Very low food security in the USA is linked with exposure to violence. Public health nutrition, 17(1), 73.
Chilton, M., & Rabinowich, J. (2012). Toxic stress and child hunger over the life course: Three case studies. Journal of Applied Research on Children: Informing Policy For Children-At-Risk, 3(1).