Recognizing No Kid Hungry

13 Aug

Healthy breakfast. Bowl of yogurt with granola and berriesFor this week’s showcase, we are recognizing Share Our Strength’s No Kid Hungry campaign. The No Kid Hungry campaign collaborates with local food banks, restaurants, and community leaders to create solutions for children in need.

Founding siblings Bill and Debbie Shore started Share Our Strength in 1984 as a response to the ’84 – ’85 famine in Ethiopia and were highly in bringing awareness against world hunger. In 2004, they turned their focus to the hunger issues in the United States with the introduction of the No Kid Hungry campaign to help hungry children get access to meals when school was out during the summer months. Since then, the No Kid Hungry campaign has become the exclusive partner of the Food Network, won the 2009 Golden Halo Award, and helped congress pass the Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010.

The No Kid Hungry campaign is made possible by the loving hearts of anti-hunger advocates like Bradley Wadas Blog Post, a boy who dedicated his 11th birthday to start a fundraising campaign. Bradley understood the pain of hunger when his friend’s family was going through hardship. He was deeply affected by the experience, and from it was inspired to take action against hunger. On his 11th birthday, he asked friends and family to share his fundraiser to help hungry children. Bradley started his fundraising goal was at $300 and managed to raise a total of $1,340 for No Kid Hungry!

The summer months are hardest for children living in poverty. For these children, schools provide more than an education. They help provide them with warm meals, sometimes the only meal they will have all day. The No Kid Hungry campaign works with cafeterias, food shelters, local governments, businesses, and top chefs to cook meals and offer solutions to help hungry children.

Although federal and state governments sponsor programs that help children in need, No Kid Hungry understands a one-size-fits-all system can’t meet the needs of children who live too far from government programs. To solve this problem, No Kid Hungry works to provide children with nutritious breakfasts, as well as access to government aid and private programs that feed children after school. No Kid Hungry also offers nutrition education for parents and children to help them make better food choices, as well as cooking classes to make nutritious meals on a limited budget.

No Kid Hungry has strong youth advocate programs that allow kids and teens to join the conversation against hunger. Kids and teens can be a member of Generation No Kid Hungry, a social network that connects youth to groups and resources to help them engage with an anti-hunger campaign. No Kid Hungry also has personal fundraiser tools where teams and youth groups can organize an event to raise money for food programs.

Stay tuned for next week’s showcase of another charity whose work inspires communities to help those in need. If you have any questions on how to start a fundraiser for a charity near you, feel free to contact us below!

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