Joel Berg: Hunger Free America CEO

Joel Berg Highlights

Joel Berg Highlights

My Native Admission Statement: I simple can’t tolerate that the United States – the wealthiest nation in the history of the world – allows 40 million Americans, including 12 million children, to struggle against hunger. That reality offends me to my core. That’s why I have dedicated most of my adult life to building the movement to end hunger in America. I seek to achieve that historic, but achievable, goal – or die trying!

Inspiration for the business idea, and your vision for the Business?:

I’ve proposed innovative HOPE (Health, Opportunity, and Personal Empowerment) accounts and action plans. HOPE accounts would combine improved technology, streamlined case management, and coordinated access to multiple federal, state, city, and nonprofit programs that already exist. The accounts would enable families to use any smart device or computer to learn about the public and philanthropic programs for which they are eligible—including aid to improve health, nutrition, job training and placement, housing, income, etc.—and then apply for all of these programs at once from the convenience of their device, drastically reducing the opportunity costs of low-income Americans seeking social services. Such accounts would also be able to include any private savings that people are able to accrue. The proposal includes the option of allowing low-income families to partner more in depth with government and nonprofit organizations by voluntarily agreeing to long-term HOPE action plans that will provide more aid and then specify exactly how all parties will work together to help the families earn, learn, and save better to ensure greater economic opportunity.

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