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. Donate to feed hungry kids and help us end child hunger in America.
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Share Our Strength has been on the front lines of the war against poverty and hunger for thirty years, and, since 2010, working to end childhood hunger in the U.S. through our No Kid Hungry campaign by connecting children in need to food where they live, learn and play.
Hand in hand with our partners on the ground, we’ve built the foundation necessary to create lasting, transformational change. We put every dollar donated to work towards ending childhood hunger by creating efficient, practical, long-term solutions. In communities across the country, positive results prove our strategy is working.
We couldn’t do this important work without the financial support of our donors. Every dollar donated to No Kid Hungry can help feed a child 10 meals. Our sustainable solution to hunger connects kids to existing nutrition programs like the national school breakfast program and the summer meals program. Our role in this work is one of helping states, cities and communities close the gap between kids who need food and the food itself. Your donation to feed hungry kids combines with others to help No Kid Hungry provide critical grants, supplies and technical assistance to feed more 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.
Our $1 = 10 meal equivalency is a strong representation of our work across the country and is derived from a specific example of our work in Maryland. No Kid Hungry and our partners in the state of Maryland implemented an aggressive summer meals expansion, opening new meal programs in underserved areas and helping low-income families find free summer programs for their children. As a result, the state saw a dramatic increase in the number of meals served to kids; 212,000 more meals were served over just one summer – meaning the return on investment was more than 10 meals for every $1 invested.
Although the costs and tactics vary from place to place, we’re finding the need and making every dollar count. Sometimes communities have the infrastructure, but need help raising awareness of their programs or learning the best practices from other successful community efforts. Sometimes help comes in the form of a mobile meals truck accessing kids in hard to reach places with food, or it can be our experts providing technical assistance to schools making breakfast a part of the school day. With your support, we can offer a sustainable solution to end childhood hunger once and for all.
In 2014, Share Our Strength transitioned to a new fiscal year. To facilitate this shift, the first 6-months of the 2014 calendar year were considered a shortened fiscal year for financial reporting and audit purposes.
In fiscal year 2014 (shortened fiscal year), Share Our Strength had total operating expenses of $20.3 million deployed in pursuit of ending childhood hunger in America. Approximately 70%—$14.1 million—of these expenses were invested in the No Kid Hungry programming to end childhood hunger.
These investments, which have contributed to more than 345 million meals served to kids in need and other milestones, are made possible thanks to targeted investments in fundraising of $4.4 million, which make up 22% of our expenses. In order to end childhood hunger in this country, solutions need to be scaled quickly; our fundraising spend reflects the urgent need to expand our work to reach as many kids as quickly as possible across our country.
The remaining $1.7 million or 8% of expenses cover overhead expenses such as general and financial management, human resources and technology.
Every kid. Healthy food. Every day. That's our promise. And that's how we'll end childhood hunger, by ensuring that no matter the time of day, or time of year, we'll be there for kids. No Kid Hungry connects children in need to programs like school breakfast and summer meals, and teaches low-income families to cook healthy, affordable foods.
Over the course of a year, one in five kids in America cannot count on getting the food they need. These children are not hungry because there isn’t enough food, or because of a lack of nutrition programs. They are food insecure because they face poverty and don’t participate in nutrition programs at school and in their communities. There is enough food in America to feed our children, yet access and awareness remain an issue. That’s where we come in. Working together with local organizations around the country, we generate the will and skill to help communities feed children in need every day of the year. When we all work together, we can make sure kids get the healthy food they need.
No Kid Hungry 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.
No Kid Hungry is supported by unique fundraising programs that raise critical dollars 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.
No Kid Hungry is a campaign of the national anti-hunger organization Share Our Strength.
Our No Kid Hungry strategy is backed by measurable, positive results. But it's not about measuring food; we have plenty of food to go around. It's about measuring and leveraging effective programs that are already in place. If every eligible child used these programs, No Kid Hungry would be reality in America.
But millions of kids don't participate. That's why our No Kid Hungry strategy is focused on feeding hungry kids by increasing participation in the following programs that provide nutritious food at home, during school and when school is out:
We have also developed a measurement system for tracking the effectiveness of our work at the local level. This allows us to display trends, make projections, and identify trouble spots early enough to address them. It helps us track overall advancement towards ending childhood hunger. It is also a tool for revealing significant trends, successes or challenges in communities working to end childhood hunger across the country. That way we can replicate our success in your backyard.
By orienting every part of Share Our Strength around metrics we’ve created a culture where nothing short of real-world, on-the-ground change is good enough. We focus on careful measurement of progress to ensure that every step is driven by data and successes are documented for replication elsewhere. In many ways, measuring progress and holding ourselves accountable at a concrete, granular level is what sets No Kid Hungry apart. Looking clearly at real-world data helps guide our strategic thinking, communicate measurable progress, and – when necessary – correct course for the better.
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, a mother writing Congress to tell them to protect critical programs that help feed hungry kids, a restaurateur raising funds during our Dine Out For No Kid Hungry promotion in September, 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 one of our Taste of the Nation culinary events across the country, every action and every dollar counts. And because of our unique No Kid Hungry model, every dollar you donate can help connect a child in need with up to 10 meals. Donate now.
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Yes, remembering No Kid Hungry in your planning means that you want to have a profound and lasting effect on ending childhood hunger. Your gift will get children the healthy, nutritious food they need to succeed. It’s a gift that costs you nothing now, is flexible and can often be established easily either through a new will or trust or a codicil/amendment thereto. To learn more, visit our planned giving page or contact Donna Batcho at (202) 715-1637, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Yes, No Kid Hungry's personal fundraising tools allow you to make a difference in the lives of hungry kids in America. Do you love to run? Use your participation in an upcoming fitness event to fundraise and raise awareness for No Kid Hungry. Looking for a new way to celebrate your next birthday? Dedicate your day to ending childhood hunger. Do you have a group of friends who love to get together, have fun and make a difference? Then create a unique event that you can all get excited about. No matter what your special moment is, you can leverage it to do a No Kid Hungry personal fundraiser and encourage your friends and family to join you in the fight to end childhood hunger in America.