In 2010, the Arkansas Hunger Relief Alliance and Share Our Strength joined together with Governor Mike Beebe and First Lady Ginger Beebe to launch the Arkansas No Kid Hungry campaign. With generous support from corporate partners Weight Watchers, Tyson Foods, and the Midwest Dairy Council, the Arkansas No Kid Hungry campaign is a public-private partnership working to end childhood hunger in Arkansas. The campaign is working to achieve that goal by connecting kids to federal food and nutrition programs including school breakfast, summer meals and afterschool meals programs as well as the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP).
When the Arkansas No Kid Hungry campaign launched in 2010, Arkansas stood out with the nation’s highest percentage of children at risk of hunger, or food insecure. Today, Arkansas is still high on that list at 28 percent child food insecurity, and through the work of the No Kid Hungry campaign has already improved access to nutritious food programs.
AT THE CORE OF THE NO KID HUNGRY STRATEGY TO END CHILDHOOD HUNGER IN ARKANSAS ARE THREE GOALS:
- Improve access to public and private nutrition programs that provide food to families and their children who need and are not receiving it
- Strengthen community infrastructure and systems for getting healthy food to children and families
- Improve families’ knowledge about available programs, as well as healthy and affordable food choices that will stretch the family food budget
The Arby’s Foundation, whose mission is to end childhood hunger in America, is the charitable arm of Arby’s Restaurant Group, Inc. Building on a philanthropic heritage that has contributed more than $57 million to child-related causes since its inception in 1986, the Arby’s Foundation has launched a bold new movement to educate, mobilize and empower Americans with the knowledge and resources needed to ensure food security for every single child. With more than 16.7 million U.S. children—more than 1 in 5—facing hunger daily, the Arby’s Foundation has devoted its resources to providing education and access to wholesome food choices for children across the country. The Arby’s Foundation is a registered 501 (c) (3) organization headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia.
Sodexo and the Sodexo Foundation have committed to providing $20 million in grants and in-kind donations to support and create new, innovative approaches and solutions to ensure the more than 16 million children in the United States facing hunger grow up with dependable access to nutritious food in order to lead healthy, productive lives. As part of this commitment, Sodexo announced its partnership with Share Our Strength in January 2011.
Yum-o!® is Rachael Ray's nonprofit organization that empowers kids and their families to develop healthy relationships with food and cooking by teaching families to cook, feeding hungry kids and funding cooking education and scholarships. By providing the tools to create easy, affordable and delicious meals, Yum-o! is changing the way America eats. For more information about the Yum-o! organization, please visit www.yum-o.org
The Arkansas Hunger Relief Alliance (Alliance) is a nonprofit collaborative network of hunger relief organizations throughout Arkansas. The Alliance works with local, state and federal organizations to keep food on the tables of Arkansans who need it most. The Alliance and its members provided more than 29 million pounds of food to hungry Arkansans in 2010. The Alliance was formed in 2004 with 6 founding members. The organization includes over 200 different members including food bank members, local hunger relief agencies such as food pantries, emergency shelters and soup kitchens, state level hunger programs andhunger advocates from around the state who lend their time, talent or other resources to help reduce hunger in Arkansas. Visit www.arhungeralliance.org to learn more.
Midwest Dairy Association™ represents more than 9,500 dairy farm families to nearly 38 million consumers across 10 Midwestern states including Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota, Nebraska, Iowa, Illinois, Missouri, Kansas, Arkansas and eastern Oklahoma. They work on behalf of dairy farmers to increase dairy sales, foster innovation and inspire consumer confidence in dairy products and practices.
Midwest Dairy Council, an affiliate of National Dairy Council, is the nutrition education division of Midwest Dairy Association. The Council is dedicated to dairy nutrition research and education through the investment of more than 9,500 dairy farm families across 10 Midwestern states, and is committed to child health and wellness through our collaborative program, Fuel Up to Play 60.
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 to effective nutrition programs like school breakfast and summer meals and teaches low-income families to cook healthy, affordable meals through its Cooking Matters program. 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. Join us at NoKidHungry.org.