Building on a record of achievement, Sodexo Foundation has renewed its commitment to Share Our Strength to provide an even greater impact and ensure every child in the United States grows up with dependable access to enough nutritious food.
Sodexo Foundation is supporting Share Our Strength's No Kid Hungry Campaign to focus on eliminating hunger nationally through summer meals programs. The new partnership will also have a broader, deeper impact in Maryland, Virginia and Florida, where there is significant opportunity to ensure every child leads a healthy and productive life.
Additionally, Sodexo Foundation is collaborating with Share Our Strength and YSA (Youth Service America) to engage and mobilize the youth of America to take hunger personally. With seed funding provided by the Foundation, in November of 2011, Share Our Strength launched No Kid Hungry 2 (NKH2). It is an interactive online youth action center, offering age-appropriate engagement activities for children and teenagers, who want to lead anti-hunger advocacy and fundraising efforts among their peers. In just the first half-a-year NKH2 has generated a community of more than 21,000 young followers who connected to it through their Facebook accounts.
The Foundation's support also allowed Share Our Strength to create a Youth Ambassador Program. It is an initiative designed for college students who want to be directly involved in the No Kid Hungry campaign during summer months and continue their engagement in the anti-hunger movement as advocates and fundraisers on their campuses.
Sodexo Foundation has distributed more than 1,100 grants, totaling more than $17 million to hunger-related organizations since its founding in 1999.