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Nonprofit Spotlight: No Kid Hungry

Nonprofit Spotlight: No Kid Hungry

Nonprofit Spotlight
November 1, 2021

No Kid Hungry is a national campaign run by Share Our Strength, a nonprofit working to solve problems of hunger and poverty in the United States and around the world. After 25 years of successfully investing in local nonprofits and helping find the best approaches to eradicating poverty and hunger, Share Our Strength launched No Kid Hungry in 2010 

No Kid Hungry is the only national campaign committed to ending childhood hunger in the U.S. by ensuring that all children have access to the nutrition they need to grow and thrive through: 

  • School Meal programs that provide breakfasts, summer meals, and afterschool meals to millions of kids to help them to focus and learn.  

  • Grants for schools and community groups across the country so they can afford what they need to feed kids. 

  • Advocacy by working with elected officials and government agencies to strengthen and improve access to the nutrition programs that help feed hungry kids. 

  • Research and policy by working with educators and local leaders to learn how their programs work. No Kid Hungry Center for Best Practices created a world-class team of analysts, researchers, trainers, and program managers to take what they have learned and find ways to share it with everyone working to feed kids.  

Before the pandemic, No Kid Hungry had brought childhood hunger to its lowest level in decades. All at once, that progress vanished as school buildings closed, millions of parents lost jobs, and the number of children living with hunger skyrocketed,” said Liz Beauchamp, Atmos Energy vice president of governmental and public affairs.  “School meal programs did not stop and No Kid Hungry worked quickly to support local school districts with meal delivery servicesdrive-up sites and equipment such as coolers, delivery trucks, personal protective equipment, shelf-stable food, and boxes for packing meals.”  

Through Fueling Safe and Thriving Communities, Atmos Energy first partnered with No Kid Hungry in 2020 as part of its Week of Giving campaign. Week of Giving is an annual event that has raised millions of dollars over the years for vital organizations through the generosity of Atmos Energy’s employees.  Doubling the financial impact, Atmos Energy also matches all employee donations.  To date, Atmos Energy has pledged $414,000 to No Kid Hungry’s mission to eradicate hunger, contributing to the more than $74 million No Kid Hungry provided to schools and community groups between the start of the pandemic and April of this year—the largest private investment ever made in support of school meal programs. Those grants helped ensure workers had the resources to safely prep, cook and pack hundreds of meals every day and deliver them to children. 

Atmos Energy’s support can help ensure that every child gets three healthy meals a day,” said Jeff Knights, Atmos Energy senior vice president of technical and operating services.  “School meal programs are at the heart of No Kid Hungry’s work and we are proud to support their mission so that millions of kids have access to nourishing breakfasts, lunchessnacks, and dinners in or out of school.”  

Today, one in six kids are at risk of hunger in America. Visit https://www.nokidhungry.org/ to learn how you can connect vulnerable kids in your community with the nutritious food they need to grow and thrive.