Get to Know the Charity Food52's Supporting This Year

December  1, 2019

All year round, but especially during the holidays, we do our best to give back in as many ways as possible. Maybe it's volunteering at a local shelter, or participating in a food or clothing drive. And we know we can always count on you, our community, to help out, too. Because as part of our yearly Holiday Swap, we partner with a charity, to make all of that good will and good cheer go that much further. This year, we've partnered with No Kid Hungry, and we couldn't be more thrilled to help support their cause.

If you’re not familiar with the organization, you can probably surmise from the name alone that No Kid Hungry aims to end childhood hunger, but you might not be aware just how serious the issue is—one in seven American children lives in hunger. And it’s a BIG issue, with ramifications far beyond a missed meal:

  • Over 13 million American children will face hunger this year.
  • More than 11 million children in the United States live in "food insecure" homes.
  • Nearly 3 million children aren't getting the breakfast they need because of the way it's served in schools
  • 20 million children in the United States rely on SNAP benefits.
  • Almost 40 million people (12% of all Americans) lived in poverty in 2017, and of that number, over 13 million were children.

As No Kid Hungry explains, “Children aren’t hungry because there isn’t enough food to go around or because there are no programs to feed them. The problem is that these programs are failing to reach kids who need them.”

The good news is they’re working to change that. Since the launch of No Kid Hungry in 2010, 500 million meals have been served to hungry kids and 3 million fewer children are facing hunger. Every dollar we give can provide up to 10 meals for hungry kids. But their focus isn’t just about getting kids a meal today, it’s about building a long-term, sustainable solution for generations to come. No Kid Hungry is accomplishing that by advocating for necessary policy changes and implementing a variety of programs—like Summer Meals, which provides meals to children over summer break—to help make sure children are getting access to healthy foods where they live, work, and play.

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This Giving Tuesday, we're donating 5% of all sales made to No Kid Hungry, and you can donate too.

Help us take the pledge to end childhood hunger in America and be a part of #TeamNoKidHungry.

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1 Comment

Rosalind P. December 3, 2019
What's you're doing here is wonderful and thank you for bringing attention to those appalling numbers. I feel shame and anger every time I see that story. But -- not trying to be churlish here, and feeding even one hungry child is an imperative for all of us -- but we can't lose sight of the fact that private charity can't come close to solving this problem. This is a failure of our civil society and and policy, and if we want not to have the shame of the richest country in the world not taking care of its children, the solution has to be from all of us via our democratic government. In the meantime, as we work toward that (wont't we?) we do have to do whatever we can to ameliorate it in the moment. Thanks for your caring, Food52