About Share Our Strength
Share Our Strength began in the basement of a row house on Capitol Hill in 1984, in response to the ‘84-‘85 famine in Ethiopia. Brother and sister Bill and Debbie Shore started the organization with the belief that everyone has a strength to share in the global fight against hunger and poverty, and that in these shared strengths lie sustainable solutions. Today we focus these strengths on making No Kid Hungry a reality in America.
Ending Childhood Hunger is Possible
We see a future where kids have access to the healthy food they need, every day. Kids will get a healthy breakfast every day at school so they’re ready to learn, and they won’t have to worry about how they’re going to eat when school is out for the summer when the safety net of school meals isn’t available to them. Rather than feeling the stress of food insecurity, kids will just be able to be, well, kids.
We know it’s possible. Will you help us make ending child hunger in this country a reality?
The History of Share Our Strength
Inspired by the Ethiopian famine, siblings Billy and Debbie Shore founded Share Our Strength to help end global hunger and poverty.
First Share Our Strength’s Taste of the Nation event raises nearly $250,000 in a single day when 25 of the nation’s best restaurants hold food and wine tastings.
Launch of Share Our Strength’s Operation Frontline (now Share Our Strength’s Cooking Matters), a groundbreaking program that teaches low-income families about food and how to cook healthy meals on a limited budget.
Share Our Strength launches Community Wealth Partners to help other change agents solve social problems at the magnitude they exist.
Share Our Strength turns 20, and announces its strategic focus on ending childhood hunger in America.
Launch of Share Our Strength’s Great American Bake Sale, a grassroots program that engages kids, families and bakers to raise funds to feed kids in need.
No Kid Hungry pilot programs launch in communities across the country with dedicated focus on connecting kids to summer meals and school breakfast programs, and helping families provide nutritious food at home.
Food Network selects Share Our Strength as its exclusive charity of choice, beginning a lasting partnership to bring “No Kid Hungry” home to its millions of viewers.
Share Our Strength unveils its new brand and logo bearing the tagline, “No Kid Hungry”.
Share Our Strength’s Great American Dine Out (now Share Our Strength’s Dine Out For No Kid Hungry) engages 3,900 restaurants (including popular chains) and their patrons in a national restaurant week that raises $575,000 in its first year.
Cause Marketing Forum awards Share Our Strength its 2009 Golden Halo Award for outstanding leadership in cause marketing.
Share Our Strength releases a first-of-its-kind study, Hunger in America’s Classrooms: Share Our Strength’s Teacher Report, creating a national dialogue about the crisis of childhood hunger in America and the link between child hunger and education.
The No Kid Hungry campaign launches with Academy Award-winner and anti-hunger advocate Jeff Bridges and 20-plus corporate sponsors. The No Kid Hungry pledge is introduced as an easy first-step for individuals eager to work for the cause.
For the first time in its history, Share Our Strength brings top chefs to Congressional offices to advocate for a strong Child Nutrition Reauthorization Bill. It passes as the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010.
Operation Frontline rebrands itself as Cooking Matters, counts a total of 26 lead partners in 22 states and unveils Shopping Matters curriculum.
Share Our Strength reports a record $24.8 million in revenue earned through fundraising platforms, donations and 35 corporate sponsorships.
The organization releases Tackling Summer Hunger: Ensuring No Kid Goes Hungry When School Is Out, its first report on No Kid Hungry’s progress increasing participation in summer meals programs.
Share Our Strength releases It’s Dinnertime, an eye-opening report on low-income families’ efforts to plan, shop for and cook healthy meals.
Corporate partner Food Network premieres “Hunger Hits Home,” a primetime documentary that powerfully tells the story of hardworking American families struggling with hunger, and how the No Kid Hungry campaign is working to end that struggle.
Eight Taste of the Nation events celebrate 25 years working hand-in-hand with the culinary community to fight hunger.
Share Our Strength and Feeding America collaborate to focus the public’s attention in September on hunger in America; Share Our Strength calls the month “No Kid Hungry month” and leads its calls to action with Dine Out For No Kid Hungry and corporate cause marketing efforts.