By Karen Bremer, Executive Director Georgia Restaurant Association
Each September, Share Our Strength’s Dine Out For No Kid Hungry campaign encourages Americans to dine out to fight childhood hunger.
During this month, restaurants across America come together for this initiative and pledge to raise funds from their restaurants to help aid the 16 million kids in America who are living in households without dependable access to nutritious meals. By choosing to Dine Out For No Kid Hungry, we can help ensure that the nation’s youth is receiving access to healthy food year-round and on a daily basis.
Consider these facts, courtesy of dineout.nokidhungry.org: Three out of five K-8 public school teachers say they regularly see students come to school hungry and 17.5 percent is the average increase in standardized math scores seen by students who regularly start the day with a healthy breakfast. Hunger hinders children from reaching their full potential and Dine Out For No Kid Hungry helps ensure that these children have access to proper nutrition to help them exceed in school and beyond.
Giving back to the community is crucial, and the restaurant community never hesitates to step up and help out.
The Arby’s Foundation serves as a Core Partner to the Dine Out For No Kid Hungry campaign and works on other initiatives for the organization year-round. Last year, as part of their 10th anniversary year, Ted’s Montana Grill pledged to raise $150,000 to Dine Out For No Kid Hungry and Mellow Mushroom had limited edition T-shirts for donating a certain amount towards the initiative. These are just a few examples of the participating restaurants and how they are contributing to the cause.
This September, register your restaurant and join the thousands of restaurants nationwide who are helping to end childhood hunger through the Dine Out For No Kid Hungry campaign. The money raised will benefit the 1 in 5 children who are struggling with hunger and provide them with the nutritious meals that they need to learn, grow and exceed. To learn more and to sign up to participate, visit http://dineout.nokidhungry.org.