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Billy Shore
Bill Shore is the founder and executive director of Share Our Strength®, a national nonprofit that is ending childhood hunger in America. Shore is also the chairman of Community Wealth Ventures®, Inc., a for-profit subsidiary of Share Our Strength that offers strategy and implementation services to foundations and nonprofit organizations.

Shore founded Share Our Strength in 1984 in response to the Ethiopian famine and subsequently renewed concern about hunger in the United States. From 1978 through 1987, Shore served on the senatorial and presidential campaign staffs of former U.S. Senator Gary Hart (D-Colorado). From 1988 to 1991, Shore served as chief of staff for former U.S. Senator Robert Kerrey (D-Nebraska).

Shore is the author of four books including Revolution of the Heart (1995), The Cathedral Within (1999), The Light of Conscience (2004), and his most recent book, The Imaginations of Unreasonable Men, which was published in November, 2010 by PublicAffairs and can be purchased on Amazon at

A native of Pittsburgh, Pa., Shore earned his B.A. at the University of Pennsylvania and his law degree from George Washington University in Washington, D.C. He currently serves on the board of directors of The Timberland Company and Venture Philanthropy Partners and was named one of America’s Best Leaders (October 2005) by “US News & World Report.”

Shore has been an adjunct professor at New York University’s Stern School of Business and is currently an advisor for the Reynolds Foundation Fellowship program at the John F. Kennedy School of Government.

Entries by Billy Shore

Most Failures Are Failures of Imagination: Why The SDGs Can Prove Otherwise

(1) Comments | Posted September 2, 2015 | 10:14 AM

The most important aspect of all of the Sustainable Development Goals has been the triumph of human imagination they represent. Whether in art, science, technology, anti-poverty work or social activism, when there is a failure we often perceive it as a failure of talent, strategy, planning, financial resources or even...

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Smaller Bank Accounts, Smaller Brains: The Ravages of Inequality on America's Children

(0) Comments | Posted April 27, 2015 | 11:08 AM

In this age of increasing inequality, the wealthy can purchase bigger homes, bigger cars, bigger vacations -- bigger just-about-everything. They also get bigger brains for their children.

Research just published in the journal Nature Neuroscience by Dr. Kimberly Noble of Columbia University and Dr. Elizabeth Sowell of...

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'Use of Force' Authorization Needed for War on Poverty

(3) Comments | Posted February 13, 2015 | 10:29 AM

The New York Times editorialized on February 11 that President Obama's request to Congress for formal authorization to conduct war is "indefensibly late." They are referring, of course, to the support the president is seeking for U.S. military action against ISIS in Syria and Iraq. Until now the...

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The Super Bowl Ad That Fed a Million Kids

(1) Comments | Posted February 2, 2015 | 10:30 AM

There was more than one winner in this year's Super Bowl. In fact there were close to a million, thanks to a unique partnership between Jeff Bridges, Squarespace, Wieden+Kennedy and Share Our Strength's No Kid Hungry campaign.

Television ads during the Super Bowl are met with as much anticipation as...

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Something You Don't Know About the Shake Shack IPO

(1) Comments | Posted January 30, 2015 | 9:45 AM

The Shake Shack IPO has received an extraordinary amount of attention today, not to mention analysis of what it means for the food industry, investors, etc. But one little-known aspect of the deal that's been entirely overlooked may have the longest-term implications of all -- not just for food but...

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Poverty and Public Schools -- And One Solution Already Proven and Paid For

(13) Comments | Posted January 18, 2015 | 11:03 AM

Our nation just crossed a threshold that will be felt by every one of us. This week the Southern Education Foundation reported that for the first time in history, a majority of U.S. public school students come from low-income families. It is now 51 percent compared to less...

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In 2015, Every Day Counts

(0) Comments | Posted January 5, 2015 | 12:10 PM

The past half-decade has been a challenging one for the national economy. Slowly but surely, that is now changing. As the nation continues to get back on its financial feet, this brings new opportunity but greater responsibility for maximizing social good and ending childhood hunger.

The signs...

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Projecting American Strength Depends on Investing in a Stronger America

(1) Comments | Posted October 6, 2014 | 3:45 PM

In a recent op-ed, Secretary of State John Kerry wrote that "the Islamic State (or ISIS) now poses a profound and unique threat to the entire world." But apparently not profound enough to challenge us to change the way we live here at home. Our military mobilization has...

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Needed: More Faith in Collective Impact

(0) Comments | Posted September 22, 2014 | 12:19 PM

In his televised speech about America's response to ISIS last week, President Obama laid out a new strategy, continuing the recent tradition of taking the nation to war without asking much of its citizens. As with our engagements in Afghanistan and Iraq, our military bears risk (with or without "boots...

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Recession Recovery: A Shocking Juxtaposition

(0) Comments | Posted September 4, 2014 | 2:18 PM

Yesterday, the United States Department of Agriculture released new food insecurity data. The numbers showed almost no improvement in the national food insecurity rates. The statistics are sobering enough on their own, but truly shocking in juxtaposition to the massive creation of wealth for a relative few as...

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Hunger Doesn't Take a Summer Vacation

(0) Comments | Posted July 18, 2014 | 3:54 PM

Co-authored with Paul Brown, CEO, Arby's Restaurant Group, Atlanta, Ga.

"Are you excited for summer?" asked Miss Nelson on the last day of school. With tears beginning to roll down his face, Andrew shook his head. Miss Nelson was all too familiar with reactions from students like Andrew at her...

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Glimpses of Political Sea Change

(3) Comments | Posted March 31, 2014 | 11:02 AM

This month, the No Kid Hungry campaign challenged America's leaders to connect 1 million more low-income children in this nation to school breakfast over the next two years. To launch the campaign, many of us from Share Our Strength spent time with governors and school leaders from across...

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America's State of the Union: Childhood Hunger 2014

(1) Comments | Posted January 21, 2014 | 10:33 AM

Connecting the Dots Between Hunger, Education, and Poverty

(The full text of the State of the Union: Childhood Hunger 2014 can be found on the No Kid Hungry website.)

"Education is the only sure-fire way to eradicate poverty," wrote Harlem Children's Zone's Geoff Canada in the

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The True Legacy of the War on Poverty

(3) Comments | Posted January 6, 2014 | 10:38 AM

This Wednesday's 50th anniversary of Lyndon Johnson's "unconditional war on poverty" has sparked deep divisions over how far we've come, still have to go. It also raises important questions about what government accomplished then and what it could accomplish now. Typical coverage includes the Brookings Institute column, "The...

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Building Strong Children in Maryland Through Breakfast

(2) Comments | Posted November 26, 2013 | 11:15 AM

"It is easier to build strong children than to repair broken men," began Governor Martin O'Malley yesterday morning, quoting Frederick Douglass to kick off a meeting at Frederick Douglass High School in Baltimore on strategies to accelerate the achievement of our school breakfast participation goals.


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'The Story of Hungry'

(0) Comments | Posted November 6, 2013 | 9:49 AM

Everyone has a story to tell. Unfortunately, for 16 million American children, that story is one of hunger.

We often discuss what hunger means for kids from an adult perspective -- lower test scores, poorer health, a weakened ability to escape the cycle of poverty. But what does hunger...

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SNAP + SNAP Ed = Smart Policy

(5) Comments | Posted May 17, 2013 | 12:20 PM

This week, Congressional committees voted to cut funding for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP, or food stamps) and SNAP-Education, which funds programs that help families access healthy food and get the most nutrition from their limited dollars. This is short-sighted and impractical.

The powerful effect that SNAP and...

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Giving Kids a Head Start Through Nutrition Education

(0) Comments | Posted May 9, 2013 | 2:31 PM

If you want to make a difference in the lives of our nation's most vulnerable kids, partner with the National Head Start Association. Head Start takes a holistic approach to early childhood and school readiness, providing health, nutrition and social services to more than 1 million kids and their families....

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Taking A Place At The Table

(2) Comments | Posted March 4, 2013 | 12:33 PM

A compelling new documentary which opened March 1 shines fresh light on why hunger in America is a solvable problem. As such it underscores our moral obligation to act now.

A Place At The Table, produced by chef Tom Colicchio and Participant Media, with a companion book of essays published...

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Sequestration: Devastating to Kids

(17) Comments | Posted February 27, 2013 | 11:15 AM

In the last two years, our country has faced a lot of cliffhanger endings to our debt and deficit issues. We've seen debt ceilings and fiscal cliffs. Government shutdowns and forced furloughs. None have posed a threat to low-income children and families like what we are facing this week. On...

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