The No Kid Hungry campaign has taken major steps to end child hunger in America, including state and city-based campaigns in all 50 states. And yet, 1 out of every 5 kids in America struggles with hunger and aren’t getting the resources they need. Childhood hunger is a major problem in our country - but it is solvable. Help us end child hunger in America by donating to feed hungry kids.

Frequently Asked Questions

How do I change/modify my monthly gift?

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How can $46 connect a child to a year of meals?

To address the alarming growth of childhood hunger in Colorado, we invested in two critical programs that reach high numbers of hungry kids with nutritious food all year long – School Breakfast and Summer Meals, and set our sights on making sure that Colorado’s hungriest kids are getting both. By providing grants, staff, and technical assistance to local organizations throughout Colorado we enabled our partner to open new summer meal sites and help families find the free summer meals for kids in need. And to combat the growing number of kids coming to school too hungry to learn, our partnership launched the Colorado School Breakfast Challenge and through grants, training, and staff assistance, we changed the way schools are providing breakfast to their students. Both efforts showed dramatic results.

  • Impact on childhood hunger: Served 1,481,760 additional breakfasts and 212,108 additional summer meals.
  • ROI: Combined ROI for these two efforts - $46 to connect a child to a summer of meals and year of school breakfasts.

How is my donation feeding hungry kids?

Finding the greatest opportunity to do good - we're making dollars go further.

Your donation to feed hungry kids combines with others to help Share Our Strength provide food, supplies and technical assistance to organizations feeding kids. It also funds our work to recruit new summer meal sites, help schools provide breakfast for kids facing hunger, and teach families how to prevent hunger at home. We do all of these things to reach hungry kids in communities across America and we’re seeing remarkable results. In Maryland, our work to connect kids to summer meals yielded 10 meals for every $1 invested. And in Colorado, just $46 helped connect children facing hunger to breakfast every school day and meals all summer long. But the costs and tactics vary from place to place. Sometimes communities have the infrastructure, but need help raising awareness of their programs or learning the best practices from other successful community efforts. Sometimes, funding something as simple as mobile meals trucks gets food to the children in need the fastest. We’re finding the need and making every dollar count.

What is your overhead ratio (how much do you spend on programs vs. overhead?)

At Share Our Strength, we’re focused on maximizing every donation to help the most kids possible. In fiscal year 2012, Share Our Strength had total operating expenses (excluding in-kind and the New York City Wine & Food Festival) of $31.1 million in pursuit of ending childhood hunger in America. Approximately 71%—$22.1 million—of these expenses were invested in the No Kid Hungry strategy to feed kids where they live, learn and play.

These investments, which led to more than 34 million additional meals being served and other major 2012 milestones recapped in this report, are made possible thanks to judicious investments in fundraising, which make up 25% of our expenses. In order to end childhood hunger in this country, solutions need to be scaled quickly, and our spend on fundraising reflects the urgent need to expand our work to reach as many kids as quickly as possible.

The remaining 4% of expenses cover costs such as financial management, human resources and technology. More information about Share Our Strength’s financials is available in Share Our Strength’s 2012 Annual Report.

How does the No Kid Hungry campaign help?

No child should grow up hungry in America, but one in five children struggles with hunger. Share Our Strength’s No Kid Hungry campaign is ending childhood hunger in America by ensuring all children get the healthy food they need, every day.

The No Kid Hungry campaign connects kids in need with nutritious food and teaches their families how to cook healthy, affordable meals. By doing this, we surround children in this nation with healthy food where they live, learn and play.

We’re ending childhood hunger by connecting kids to effective nutrition programs like school breakfast and summer meals. This work is accomplished through the No Kid Hungry network, made up of private citizens, public officials, business leaders and others providing innovative hunger solutions in their communities. These public-private partnerships work together to identify and eliminate the barriers that may prevent children from accessing existing food and nutrition programs.

Through its Cooking Matters program, the No Kid Hungry campaign educates and empowers low-income families to stretch their food budgets so their kids get healthy meals at home. Cooking Matters participants learn to shop smarter, use nutrition information to make healthier food choices, and cook delicious, affordable meals.

The No Kid Hungry campaign also engages the public to make ending childhood hunger a national priority, working to shine the spotlight on the crisis and mobilize a powerful movement of individuals committed to bold action. We build partnerships that enlist influential individuals in the cause and advocate policy changes needed to achieve our goals.

The No Kid Hungry campaign is supported by unique programs that raise critical funds and allow our champions to share their strengths in the battle to end childhood hunger. Working closely with the culinary community and relying on the strength of its volunteers, No Kid Hungry hosts innovative culinary fundraising events and develops pioneering cause marketing campaigns that support ending childhood hunger. This work also allows us to invest in community organizations effectively helping feed hungry kids on the local level.

How do you measure your progress?

Share Our Strength's No Kid Hungry strategy is a measurable one. It's not about measuring food (we have plenty of it to go around). It's about measuring and leveraging programs that are effective and already in place. If every eligible child used these programs, No Kid Hungry would be reality in America.

But millions of kids in need don't participate. That's why the programmatic priority of our No Kid Hungry strategy is focused on feeding hungry kids by increasing participation in five programs that provide nutritious food at home, during school and when school is out:

  • SNAP (formerly food stamps)
  • WIC (Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children)
  • School Breakfast
  • Afterschool Snacks and Meals
  • Summer Meals

We have established target participation rates for SNAP, school breakfast and summer meals programs (see "Goals" above), and are establishing similar target rates for WIC and afterschool snacks and meals programs.

We measure participation through our No Kid Hungry program partners and the community organizations that we support with grants. Each partnership or grant recipient submits an annual report of their progress. We have also developed a "dashboard" mechanism for tracking the key indicators for each programmatic partnership. The tool allows the partnership to display trends, make projections, and identify trouble spots early enough to address them.

Nutrition education is our sixth area of measurable programmatic focus. Share Our Strength's Cooking Matters program teaches low-income families and children how to make healthy, affordable meals on their own. The program includes a disciplined evaluation component that documents the before-and-after course knowledge, skills, behaviors and attitudes of class participants. The data are stored and processed through an online database and reported annually in the Cooking Matters Annual Review.

You can read our full annual report here to learn more about the impact of the No Kid Hungry campaign.

Can I really make a difference? (Can one person really make a difference?)

Every person makes a difference in the fight to end childhood hunger. Our network of teachers, parents, community leaders, kids, teens, chefs, and volunteers from all walks of life take actions big and small to help connect kids with nutritious food where they live, learn and play. It all starts when you take the No Kid Hungry Pledge and learn about ways to get involved. Whether you are a teacher sharing stories of hunger in your classroom, an employee asking your colleagues or online community to join in the fight by taking the No Kid Hungry Pledge, a mother writing Congress to tell them to protect critical programs that help feed hungry kids, a restaurateur raising funds during Dine Out For No Kid Hungry, or a chef who volunteers their time at a to teach a Cooking Matters course, visit policymakers during lobbying days in Washington, D.C. or participating in a Taste of the Nation event, every action and every dollar counts. And because of our unique No Kid Hungry campaign model, every dollar you donate can help connect a child in need with up to 10 meals.

How do I make a donation in someone’s honor/memory?

Donating to charity is one of the most powerful ways to pay tribute to a person’s life, whether you are honoring their memory, expressing condolences to a family, or celebrating a significant occasion such as birthdays, weddings or special accomplishments. Simply complete this honorary form to make a secure, on-line honor donation to benefit Share Our Strength’s work to end childhood hunger in America.

How is the No Kid Hungry campaign impacting childhood hunger?

No child should grow up hungry in America, but one in five children struggles with hunger. Share Our Strength’s No Kid Hungry campaign is ending childhood hunger in this nation by ensuring all children get the healthy food they need, every day.

By connecting kids in need with nutritious food and teaching their families how to cook healthy, affordable meals, the No Kid Hungry campaign surrounds children with healthy food where they live, learn and play.

We’re ending childhood hunger by connecting kids to effective nutrition programs like school breakfast and summer meals. This work is accomplished through the No Kid Hungry network, made up of private citizens, public officials, nonprofits, business leaders and others providing innovative hunger solutions in their communities. These public-private partnerships work together to identify and eliminate the barriers that may prevent children from accessing existing food and nutrition resources.

Through its Cooking Matters program, the No Kid Hungry campaign equips low-income families with skills to stretch their food budgets so their kids get healthy meals at home. Cooking Matters participants learn to shop smarter, use nutrition information to make healthier food choices, and cook delicious, affordable meals.

The No Kid Hungry campaign also engages the public to make ending childhood hunger a national priority, working to shine the spotlight on the crisis and mobilize a powerful movement of individuals committed to bold action. We build partnerships that enlist influential individuals in the cause and advocate policy changes needed to achieve our goals.  

The No Kid Hungry campaign is supported by unique programs that raise critical funds and allow our champions to share their strengths in the battle to end childhood hunger. Working closely with the culinary community and relying on the strength of its volunteers, No Kid Hungry hosts innovative culinary fundraising events and develops pioneering cause marketing campaigns that support ending childhood hunger. This work also allows us to invest in community organizations effectively fighting hunger on the local level.

Together, we are making No Kid Hungry a reality in America.

Here are a few of our accomplishments from the past year alone.

  • Thanks to the work of our No Kid Hungry partners across the nation, we significantly increased the number of meals served to hungry kids in need during the summer when school meals are not available. In just seven of our focus states, nearly 1 million additional summer meals were served in 2011.
  • We helped thousands of children start the school day ready to learn with our targeted work around school breakfast. As a result, 128 schools in just six of our No Kid Hungry states added alternative breakfast models; in Colorado alone, an additional 4 million school breakfasts could be served.
  • We provided nearly $7 million in grants to programs across the country helping local organizations fight childhood hunger in their backyard.
  • We expanded our life changing nutrition education course, Cooking Matters, and helped 100,000 individuals at risk of hunger get the skills they need to shop for and cook healthy meals for their families.
  • We launched an interactive online "Best Practices Center," directly sharing our proven model with organizations and leaders working to end hunger in their own communities.

What Is Your Charity Navigator Rating?

We are proud to have an overall rating of three stars from Charity Navigator and a four star rating for accountability and transparency.

To Make a Donation by Mail or Phone

Share Our Strength
P.O. Box 75475
Baltimore, MD 21275-5475
Or call 1-800-222-1767

For donor services, please send an email to contactus@strength.org