There are many ways that people try to make a difference in the fight against hunger in our country. One in every six Americans struggles to provide their families with nutritious food, and the ideas that people are coming up with to get the message out to the masses are becoming increasingly thoughtful and innovative. Now, the satellite radio audience will have the opportunity to take part in Hungerthon 2013, a joint initiative by SiriusXM and WhyHunger.

WhyHunger and the popular satellite radio service provider have teamed up to offer satellite radio listeners the opportunity to take part in the annual initiative to educate and build the movement to end hunger and poverty in the United States. Throughout the holiday season, satellite radio listeners will have a chance to bid on items being auctioned off on the SiriusXM website.

Some of the items auctioned off in support of this year’s Hungerthon include a Katy Perry autographed “California Dreams” Tour Jacket, a piano bench signed by Gavin DeGraw, an Al Merrick surfboard signed by Jimmy Buffett, and a Fender acoustic guitar signed by multiple artists including Neil Young, Willie Nelson, Dave Matthews, and Jack Johnson.

In collaboration with Hungerthon 2013, WhyHunger has also released an interactive music app called John Lennon: The Bermuda Tapes. The app provides users a look into John Lennon’s sailing journey to Bermuda that inspired the album “Double Fantasy.” Users can also hear unreleased demos and learn about different collaborations from the album. Net Proceeds from app purchases benefit WhyHunger and Hungerthon 2013.

Hungerthon has been raising funds and challenging the idea that anyone should go hungry through its national radio campaign for 28 years. Through the power of music and sensational involvement from prominent figures in the music industry, Hungerthon’s important message has been communicated to millions.

Daren Gottlieb

Sources: Hungerthon, WhyHunger, SiriusXM
Photo: Saucy Sprinkles




Do you have a special trade (computers, landscaping, carpentry, etc.)? Auction off 2-4 hours of your time. No skills? No problem. Auction off two hours of  your time to do grunt-work or helps someone out with various chores.


Getting Started

  1. Let friends, family and co-workers know that you’re auctioning off your time. Most people have chores that they’d love to have someone else do (scrub the shower, clean the blinds, iron shirts, etc.). Find out what they’d want help with and ask them how much they’d donate to The Borgen Project in order to have your help.
  2. Leverage. If Aunt Sally will donate $45 to have you paint the porch, ask grandma if she’ll donate $50 if you prune her trees.
  3. Go big. After the winning bidder is established, reach out to the runner ups. Offer to do to what they bid for as well. You’ve got some work ahead of you, but instead of just raising $100 from the winning bidder, you can add an additional $80, $50, $45, etc. to the total.
  4. Get the donation right away. As soon as they’ve won, ask them for check payable to The Borgen Project or have them donate online. Also immediately, schedule a time to complete the work.