No Kid Hungry, the Washington, D.C.-based nonprofit ending childhood hunger in America is hitting the road in a serious way. The organization, which connects children to millions of meals annually, is launching a national bus tour to raise awareness and funds as we move into Hunger Awareness Month in September.
Restaurants and chefs have long supported No Kid Hungry, raising critical awareness and money through a variety of programs like Chefs Cycle and the annual Dine Out For No Kid Hungry. The later takes place each September with more than 11,000 restaurants signed up to participate, each offering a variety of promotions in which customers donate in exchange for money-saving rewards.
The Dine Out bus tour kicked off August 21 in New York and ends in Los Angeles September 13. Along the way, special events will be held in New York, Washington, D.C., Atlanta, Nashville, Dallas, Denver, Phoenix, San Diego and Los Angeles. You can follow the bus and find a participating Dine Out For No Kid Hungry restaurant by visiting NoKidHungry.org.
“It’s critically important that communities work together to help kids succeed in school and beyond,” said Pul Brown, CEO of Arby’s, a long-time Dine Out for No Kid Hungry partner. “With three out of four teachers regularly seeing kids come to school hungry and more than half of teachers buying food out of their own paychecks for students, it’s clear that this is an issue we can’t turn our backs on.”
Every $1 donated connects a child to 10 meals through No Kid Hungry’s programs and partnerships. Last year, Dine Out For No Kid Hungry connected children to more than 900 million meals.