Don't Stop Hunger Games Fans From Fighting Hunger!
  • Petitioned Joe Drake

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President of the Motion Picture Group, Lionsgate
Joe Drake
Marketing, Lionsgate
Tim Palen
Senior Vice President Business Affairs & Litigation
Liat Cohen

Don't Stop Hunger Games Fans From Fighting Hunger!

    1. Holly McCready
    2. Petition by

      Holly McCready

      Boalsburg, PA

March 2012


When fans of The Hunger Games started a project to fight real world hunger, instead of supporting them, the studio producing the movie threatened legal action if the initiative wasn't shut down.

After hearing about the studio's threat, Holly McCready, a Hunger Games fan who had joined the Hunger Is Not a Game project, started a petition on asking the studio, Lionsgate, to let fans like her fight hunger. She urged Lionsgate to stop playing the part of The Capitol.

In just a few days, more than 18,000 people signed Holly's petition. A representative from Lionsgate responded to the public outcry, telling the LA Times that they would not pursue legal action and they encouraged the efforts of other organizations tackling world hunger.

“When I heard Lionsgate had changed its mind and is now supporting the work of fans like me, it really hit me: Just like in the books, coming together for a common cause is the way to make change," Holly said. "I’m humbled so many people joined the campaign.”

I loved the Hunger Games books. This amazing story with its parallels toward real world hunger inspired me to to help people whose stories are never broadcast on the silver screen. But Lionsgate is trying to shut down an anti-hunger initiative launched by fans like me.

I want to help people who've been treated all their lives like pawns in a big game. I was thrilled that there was a campaign called “Hunger Is Not A Game” initiated by the Imagine Better Project to channel fan enthusiasm toward challenging the root causes of hunger. Now Lionsgate is playing the part of The Capitol by challenging our campaign because it “ is causing damage to Lionsgate and [their] marketing efforts.”

Instead of treating us like an enemy, Lionsgate should embrace our heart and hard work. Advocating to feed the hungry and bring about a change should celebrated. I know that together we can make a difference.

The Hunger is Not a Game initiative has already given me the opportunity to act on the themes that moved me within the Hunger Games series, and I’ve already been able to work end poverty and hunger--and it’s even gained the attention of The New York Times. Every fan should have the same opportunity.

Tell Lionsgate to stand with us, not against us.

Recent signatures


    1. Reached 17,500 signatures


    Reasons for signing

    • David Hill FRANKLIN, MA
      • over 2 years ago

      Dear Lionsgate: I'm astonished -- you should be championing this cause, not thwarting it. Be its champion and help yourselves AND the hungry of our world.

    • Matthew Harvey ANNAPOLIS, MD
      • over 2 years ago

      raised poor, i had gone to bed hungry more than i can count not only sole on money but lack of parents' responsible. it was not until i changed to wonderful family who treats me to a buffet dinner first night i had met them and got full for first time. there are other people far worse state than i was in, i know because i had see it, and i had experienced it. if liongate refused to support this, i would be very disappeared, as how i was always fan of their works. i hope you success, holly, i am praying for you

    • Travis Gay TAVARES, FL
      • over 2 years ago

      No one in the world should be hungry. It just doesn't make sense.

    • Michael McCartney CAMILLUS, NY
      • over 2 years ago

      If Lionsgate had truly once supported and then changed it's mind without warning, I suggest a discussion between the two parties or at least allowance of this campaign to continue.

    • Julie Bolchunos WISCONSIN DELLS, WI
      • over 2 years ago

      Come on, this is exactly the publicity you would want if you align yourself with a cause that is in keeping with your message.

      You could turn this around and give the public a chance to give once you stir them up. What is media for, after-all?


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