RELEASE: No Kid Hungry continues focus on food insecurity in young children, invests nearly $620,000 in early-childhood organizations

“These grants will help organizations respond to the growing needs and emerging opportunities to provide healthy food to young children, says Raven King-Edwards, Senior Program Manager, Early Childhood, No Kid Hungry.

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Share Our Strength’s No Kid Hungry Campaign will invest nearly $620,000 in organizations that are focused on early childhood as part of an effort to decrease food insecurity among children under the age of five.

Early childhood is the most intensive period of development for a child's brain and body. As such, hunger and hardship during this period has long-term implications for a child. Community organizations, early childcare centers, and healthcare providers play a key role in ensuring young children receive access to nutritious food they need to learn, grow, and thrive to reach their full potential

“Food insecurity in the early years can have an immediate and lasting impact on overall health, learning, school readiness, and behavior,” says Raven King-Edwards, Senior Program Manager for No Kid Hungry. “These flexible grants will allow community-based organizations, early childcare centers, and healthcare providers across the country respond to the growing needs and emerging opportunities to provide healthy food to young children.”

The No Kid Hungry grants will serve more than 25 early childcare centers, healthcare providers and community organizations. These organizations work with an estimated 18,000 young children in 15 states and the District of Columbia.

“These organizations, on the front lines of hunger, are led by local leaders who have a deep understanding of the families and communities they serve,” says King-Edwards. “We’re proud to support these organizations and their work.”

The following is a complete list of grantees:

  • Children's Council of San Francisco, California
  • The Cambodian Family, California
  • Vouchers 4 Veggies, California
  • The Fresno Center, California
  • Food is Free Solano, California
  • ECSV, California
  • The Village Institute, Colorado
  • Odyssey Family Executive Center of South Norwalk , Connecticut
  • Mary's Center for Maternal and Child Care, Inc., District of Columbia
  • Chicago Commons Association, Illinois
  • St. Eulalia Church dba Quinn Center of St. Eulalia, Illinois
  • Children's Hospital Foundation, Kentucky
  • AfriThrive Inc, Maryland
  • Boston Community Pediatrics, Massachusetts
  • Community Foundation of Greater Flint, Michigan
  • Children's Mercy Hospital, Missouri
  • CHI Nebraska, Nebraska
  • Cornell Cooperative, New York
  • New York And Presbyterian Hospital, New York
  • Arab American Family Support Center, New York
  • African American Alzheimer's and Wellness, Ohio
  • Legacy Health Foundation, Oregon
  • The Foundation for Delaware County, Pennsylvania
  • The Food Trust, Pennsylvania
  • World Relief Seattle, Washington



About No Kid Hungry

No child should go hungry in America. But in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic, 1 in 6 kids could face hunger this year. No Kid Hungry is working to end childhood hunger by helping launch and improve programs that give all kids the healthy food they need to thrive. This is a problem we know how to solve. No Kid Hungry is a campaign of Share Our Strength, an organization committed to ending hunger and poverty.