CHILDREN'S HUNGER ALLIANCE
Who We Are: Founded in 1970 in Columbus, Children’s Hunger Alliance is a statewide nonprofit organization dedicated to ending childhood hunger in Ohio. Our mission is to ensure children without access receive healthy food, nutrition education and physical activity. Headquartered in Columbus, Ohio, with regional offices in Cleveland, Cincinnati and Toledo, Children’s Hunger Alliance has 50 dedicated staff who are committed to improving the wellbeing of Ohio's 1 in 5 children living in food-insecure households. No child should go hungry, yet more than 528,000 children in Ohio do not know where their next meal will come from.
What We Do: Children’s Hunger Alliance partners with child care providers, schools, local parks and recreation centers, and faith-based organizations as well as the USDA and Ohio Department of Education to provide healthy meals and snacks for Ohio’s at-risk children. Last year we provided more than 7.1 million healthy meals and snacks through our partner network of nearly 1,000 childcare providers and more than 285 afterschool programs. Thousands more enjoyed school breakfasts and summer meals because of our support for local schools and summer feeding programs. We also lead nutrition education and physical activity for thousands of children and childcare providers each year.
Why We're Important: Children’s Hunger Alliance works toward long-term solutions to reduce childhood hunger in Ohio. Beyond providing healthy meals and snacks to children who attend partner programs, we also work to expand access to school breakfasts and summer nutrition programs so children have a healthy start to their school day and meals when school is out for summer. Research shows that children who have access to nutritious balanced meals and snacks are not only healthier but also concentrate better in school and score higher on tests. Consistent access to nutritious food is critical in order for children to grow, learn and thrive.
How We Impact the Community: Services provided by Children’s Hunger Alliance contribute to the overall economic vitality of our local neighborhoods. Whether partnering with child care providers, school districts, or afterschool enrichment programs, our work helps offset the financial burden of providing healthy meals to children. With $3.5 million of funding over three years from the Walmart Foundation, we have been able to offer expert guidance and critical financial support to many of our partners. For example, we helped local schools expand school breakfast by offering breakfast-in-the-classroom and helped fund mobile food trucks to deliver summer meals.
How You Can Help: Ohio’s 1 in 5 children living in food-insecure homes rely on the generosity of community members like you to provide them with the healthy meals they need. You can help by making a donation to Children’s Hunger Alliance. Visit www.ChildrensHungerAlliance.com/Donate or text FOOD4KIDS to 72727 to make a donation of any amount. For every $1 donated we can leverage $3 in federal funding coming directly back into Ohio to help provide meals and/or snacks to a child. Become a member of the Children's Hunger Alliance Giving Society when you make an individual contribution of $1,000 or more.
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ExecutiveDirector: Judy Mobley, President and CEO
Development Director: Kathryn Stephens, Vice President, Development
Board Chair: Susan Gueli, Nationwide