No Kid Hungry North Carolina
No Kid Hungry NC is the North Carolina program of the nonprofit Share Our Strength’s national No Kid Hungry campaign.
Topic area(s): Child nutrition, Health Disparities
The goal of No Kid Hungry is to end childhood hunger in communities across the country by connecting kids to effective nutrition programs such as school breakfast and summer meals. The campaign also aims to educate and empower low-income families to stretch their food budgets and provide healthier meals for their kids. HPDP’s initiative with No Kid Hungry North Carolina is to help expand access to federal nutrition programs including School Breakfast and Summer Meals to reduce hunger in NC children.
In 2011, Share Our Strength joined together with Governor Bev Perdue and the nonprofit NC Serves to launch No Kid Hungry North Carolina. With generous support from corporate partners Arby’s Foundation and Weight Watchers, No Kid Hungry North Carolina is a public-private partnership working to end childhood hunger in the state. The initiative is working to achieve that goal by connecting kids to federal food and nutrition programs including the school breakfast and summer meals programs.
North Carolina has one of the nation’s highest percentages of children who are food insecure or at risk of hunger. More than one in four children in the state are at risk of not receiving the nutrition they need to grow and learn effectively.
At the core of the No Kid Hungry strategy to end childhood hunger in North Carolina are three goals: improve access to public and private nutrition programs that provide food to families and children in need, strengthen community infrastructure and systems for getting healthy meals to children and families, and improve families’ knowledge of available programs, as well as healthy and affordable food choices that will help to stretch the family budget.
Alice Ammerman, Principal Investigator
Tamara Baker, Project Manager
Lou Anne Crumpler, Investigator