Agriculture, Food, Nutrition

No Kid Hungry by Share Our Strength

aka No Kid Hungry

Washington, DC


1 in 6 kids in America lives with hunger. End childhood hunger in America by supporting No Kid Hungry’s work to provide kids with the food they need.

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President & CEO

Mr. Tom Nelson

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1030 15th St NW Suite 1100 W

Washington, DC 20005 USA


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Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Alliance/Advocacy Organizations (K01)

Philanthropy / Charity / Voluntarism Promotion (General) (T50)

Public, Society Benefit - Multipurpose and Other N.E.C. (W99)

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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. 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.
Feeding Kids Where They Learn. Today, too many kids know what it's like to open their textbooks with an empty stomach. Studies confirm that when a hungry child eats breakfast, they have better attendance, improve in math, and are more likely to graduate from high school. No Kid Hungry works with schools across the country to make sure every child starts the day with a healthy breakfast.
Feeding Kids Where They Play. Most kids look forward to the carefree days of summer, and can be certain there's a snack waiting for them at home when they get out of school. But, for the 1 in 6 American children facing hunger, the end of school can be a time of uncertainty. It's also hard on low-income families, who see already tight budgets stretched and strained. No Kid Hungry works to expand the availability of meals for kids who need them in the summertime and after the school day is over.
Feeding Kids Where They Live. Our signature Cooking Matters program teaches families to shop smarter, make healthier choices and cook delicious, affordable meals. Cooking Matters has been featured by First Lady Michelle Obama's Let's Move! campaign and recognized by the U.S. Department of Agriculture for excellence in nutrition education. Cooking Matters courses and grocery store tours provide families with the skills they need to maximize their food budgets and put healthy meals on their tables, every day.

Share Our Strength has led the charge among the philanthropic sector, surpassing industry standards and experiencing an unprecedented level of growth and impact. We attribute this success to a multitude of factors including our investments in talent, increased visibility of the childhood hunger issue, support from governors from across the political spectrum, and diversification and maturation of our revenue streams. But perhaps the single most important factor in our success has been our commitment to institute a data-driven and outcomes based infrastructure throughout our organization. We have built a performance mindset into our organizational DNA, to think in terms of macro-level metrics that supports a focused program strategy, and to invest in systems that support data-driven strategies at the program, development and communications levels. Our metrics-driven approach uses quantitative and qualitative reporting; by combining this method with the ability to recalibrate ongoing strategies based on frequent evaluation, we can ensure that effective initiatives are tailored to the unique needs of each community we serve.

A leader in innovative fundraising, Share Our Strength maintains diverse funding streams ensuring financial stability and flexibility for our mission. In 2012, we raised $42.2 million dollars— a nearly 23% growth over FY 2011. Share Our Strength estimates that the organization will generate revenue growth in fiscal year 2013 compared to 2012. The organization also anticipates realizing positive cash flow for fiscal year 2013. Audited financial statements for fiscal year 2013 are anticipated to be completed and approved by mid-June, 2014. Investment in our fundraising capacity, coupled with the growing strength of the No Kid Hungry brand, has supported expansion of all fundraising channels. This includes corporate and foundation support through cause marketing promotions, grants and sponsorships, individual membership contributions and grassroots fundraising through the Bake Sale for No Kid Hungry. A robust events program including our Taste of the Nation and Dine Out for No Kid Hungry events have become a signature cause of the nation's culinary community. We are supported by impact-focused funders such as The Laurie M. Tisch Illumination Fund and The Irving Harris Foundation, and some of the nation's leading corporations and corporate foundations, including WalMart, Arby's, American Express, and Food Network. Best practice financial management processes and support tools are deployed on a comprehensive basis across the entire organization. This includes a strategic, focused annual planning and budgeting process; frequent financial analyses and forecast updates to monitor progress against the annual budget and ensure optimal deployment of the organization's resources; and the use of a best-in-class financial management system that helps deliver timely financial reporting and supports a strong control environment.

The No Kid Hungry campaign focuses on measurement of our progress to ensure that every step is data-driven and successes are documented and communicated for replication in other geographic markets. Launched in 2012, Share Our Strength's measurement system known as “the Dashboard," was engineered according to our holistic approach to ending childhood hunger in America. Our Dashboard provides a snapshot of data on key aspects of organizational progress and simultaneously tracks overall advancement towards the larger goals that will result in No Kid Hungry. Externally, we measure for example the impact of our work by looking at the state-wide school breakfast participation data. Internally, we track campaign progress via metrics developed with our partners in each city or state campaign. This is a critical means to maintain clarity on the status of and holding ourselves accountable for our progress towards ending childhood hunger. It is also an innovative tool for revealing significant trends, successes or challenges, and our overall organizational progress.

As our main strategy to end childhood hunger is about raising awareness of, providing access to and increasing participation in nutrition programs, participation rate metrics related to each program were identified, and specific targets were developed to guide the campaign's vision in the intermediate to long-term. These goals are aspirational yet reachable. To best communicate the campaign's social impact we monitor our ability to increase participation in the following programs:
• School breakfast Summer mealsAfter school mealsCooking Matters/nutrition education

As a result of these targets, we can quantitatively evaluate and validate progress towards improving outcomes of nutrition programs. Already, we're on track to connect one million additional American school children with school breakfast by the end of 2015. This level of measuring progress and accountability is one of the differentiators of our organization. A critical centralized checkpoint, the Dashboard has been helpful not only in assessing our performance against key metrics and conducting geographic comparative analysis; it also helps guide our strategic direction as we look to the future and allows us to use hard data to communicate our progress.

Share Our Strength is an innovator, driving positive change, and seeking meaningful reforms in programs that feed children. Leading social entrepreneur Billy Shore and his sister Debbie Shore founded Share Our Strength in 1984 with the founding principle that everyone has a strength to share in the fight against hunger. Since then, through the leadership of our national network of chefs, grassroots activists, pioneering cause-marketing partnerships, and philanthropic support, we have raised and invested more than $507 million to combat hunger. We have earned a reputation as one of America's most effective nonprofits, and won the support of national leaders ranging from governors, corporate leaders and chefs, to Oscar-winning actor Jeff Bridges, who serves as our national spokesperson.

Our immediate focus is to prove to policy makers and the American people that we have the solution for ending childhood hunger in this country by continuing our innovative work in connecting kids in need with meals. We will advocate to strengthen federal nutrition programs and protect programs that feed children; and continue to roll-out our model nationally, replicating our effective tactics that are ending childhood hunger. Our 50 state approach reflects the importance Share Our Strength places on supporting these solutions nationwide. In all of our No Kid Hungry campaign states we are demonstrating our potent impact as a national change-maker by connecting children in need with breakfast at school.

Across our No Kid Hungry campaign states, positive results prove these tactics are working. Twenty-eight million more breakfasts were served nationwide during the 2011-2012 school year thanks to the collective work of Share Our Strength's No Kid Hungry campaign and our partners. The diverse challenges, including major administrative limitations as a result federal policy, that surround summer hunger have kept us from identifying a comprehensive strategy for summer meals that translates to consistent results, as we have with school breakfast. But, we are beginning to uncover tactics that are demonstrating initial success. Overall, in states and cities with No Kid Hungry campaigns there was an increase of nearly 4.1 million summer meals served above 2011 levels. We're making a difference for kids across the country each summer.

We know we still have a long way to go to make No Kid Hungry a reality. But, we also know that our model of ending childhood hunger—in ways that are strategic, systemic, and sustainable—promises hope to the nearly 16 million children who face hunger in our country. Already, No Kid Hungry and our partners have connected kids struggling with hunger with more than 107 million additional meals, and 225,000 families have learned how to cook and eat healthier. All by themselves these numbers would be astounding indicators of the power of the campaign. Together, they truly demonstrate the potent impact that we are having across the country.

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No Kid Hungry by Share Our Strength

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