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No Kid Hungry California

Fueling Our Kids

The wake of the pandemic, and high unemployment means 1 in 6 kids in California could face hunger this year. When the pandemic struck, No Kid Hungry responded quickly, infusing local communities with needed resources, providing guidance to school districts and community organizations, getting the word out about local food sites, and successfully advocating for federal and state dollars to go where they are needed most.

Please join us in a California statewide fundraising campaign - No Kid Hungry California: Fueling Our Kids. Your support will help ensure vulnerable kids in California have access to healthy meals all year long.


Since March 2020, No Kid Hungry California has provided over $10 million in emergency grants to help frontline meal providers, prioritizing grants to communities where the most vulnerable live, including those with high levels of homeless families and tribal and isolated, rural communities. Our grants are bolstering school and community meals programs with PPE for food service workers who prepare and distribute food to kids and families, trucks and buses that transport it, warming carts, insulated bags, refrigeration and storage equipment, signage, and staffing.

“You know, I was really embarrassed to have to come with my mom to pick up food here. I thought it was only something really poor people do. But I saw so many of my friends the first day we came. I realized it wasn't just my family going through stuff. Everyone could be going through something and we don't even realize it. Now when I come I'm grateful we have this available to us. So thank you for keeping me with food in the fridge every week. You're cool." - shared a teen from a Petaluma, CA school site.

No Kid Hungry has a plan to feed them, but we need your help.

Children in California are facing hunger at rates not seen in recent memory, and this crisis of hunger isn’t dependent on a vaccine or the next promising jobs report. Its impact will be felt for years ahead, especially if we don’t act.

[See a list of grants we distributed in California through the first 3 months of the pandemic.]

No matter where kids are, they need fuel to power them, and we are working our hardest to ensure they receive it. Funds raised by the California Campaign will help fund meals for hungry kids throughout California.

We want to express our deepest gratitude to campaign leadership and early supporters for making this work possible.

Campaign Leadership

Mary Sue Milliken
Jeanne Newman

Gaurdie & Simin Banister
Stephen & Ayesha Curry
Dan Cutforth
Viola Davis
Carolyn Folks
Billy Harris
Anthony & Stella Hopkins
Shannon Hunt-Scott
Barbara Lazaroff
Jane Lipsitz
Alison Mauze
Mary Wagstaff
Richard & Demi Weitz

Program Ambassadors

Dr. Maribel Garcia, El Monte USD Superintendent
Dr. Kyla Johnson-Trammell, Oakland USD Superintendent
Angie Kretschmar, Executive Director of Heaven’s Window San Diego
Darrell Steinberg, Mayor of Sacramento

Chef Ambassadors
Traci des Jardin
Tanya Holland
Michael & Kim McCarty
Candace Nelson
Hans & Patti Röckenwagner
Jon Shook & Vinny Dotolo
Nancy Silverton
Curtis Stone
Sherry Yard

Donation Levels

Our ability to respond to the COVID-19 crisis and subsequently scale our work is due in large part to our supporters. Join us to help end childhood hunger

No Kid Hungry Champion


Support at this level can help transform a used food truck into a mobile meals unit bringing meals to kids.


No Kid Hungry Leader


Support at this level can help schools cover increased staffing costs to meet rising demand and safety standards for meals.


School Breakfast Hero


Support at this level can purchase packaging and food supplies to serve pick-up meals from schools


Summer Meals Partner


Support at this level can help keep meals cold and safe in new coolers while they're out for delivery.


Afterschool Snack Supporter


Support at this level can purchase PPE, sanitation stations, and cleaning supplies to help cafeteria staff feed kids safely every day.


Hunger Fighter


Support at this level can help provide a child up to 10,000 healthy meals.


Donors will be recognized by giving level. Donations of $10,000 and above will receive a printed limited-edition No Kid Hungry California Cookbook featuring recipes from our Culinary Partners. Donations of $1,000+ will be treated to a digital version of the cookbook. Donate today.


Christina Donatelli, Director of Development, CA OR Kathleen Polenzani Talbot, Senior Manager, CA