Thank you for Voting for the No Kid Hungry Innovation Awards!
In three weeks, we received over 18,000 votes. We can’t thank you enough for participating.
There is an abundance of food and nutrition programs for children, but there are gaps, and too many kids are slipping through. Sometimes children don’t have a safe way to get to the programs, sometimes they don't want to participate because it's "not cool" to receive free lunch and all too often families just don’t know that programs exist.
Share Our Strength created the No Kid Hungry Innovation Awards to honor innovative organizations that are overcoming barriers and connecting hungry kids with food.
Now, what we’ve all been waiting for: here are the No Kid Hungry Innovators you picked to win a grant courtesy of C&S Wholesale Grocers!
Beyond the Lunch Line
Feeding kids when school is out
Greater Berks Food Bank, No Kid Hungry Innovator and winner of $25,000
The Greater Berks Food Bank (Reading, PA) started a new program this year called "Produce for Kids." This innovative program delivers a bag filled with fresh produce to elementary school children on a weekday afternoon immediately after school to help stock their fridges with healthy ingredients.
The Greater Berks Food Bank is very honored and appreciative that the public chose us to win a No Kid Hungry Innovation Award. The funds will allow us to establish the "Produce for Kids" program, allowing many, many at-risk elementary school kids in the city of Reading to enjoy eating fresh, nutritious fruits and vegetables after school or on the weekend - when many low-income children go without proper nutrition.
-Peg Bianca, Executive Director, Greater Berks Food Bank
Reaching hungry kids where they are
Homefront, No Kid Hungry Innovator and winner of $12,500
HomeFront (Lawrenceville, NJ) provides transportation, education and recreational programs for homeless children, while providing comprehensive services designed to help homeless families meet the unique challenges they face in qualifying for programs like school lunch and food stamps.
Portland Parks Foundation, No Kid Hungry Innovator and winner of $12,500
Portland Parks Foundation (Portland, OR) is taking its popular mobile Rock Climbing Wall to high need communities to attract kids and serve them healthy meals.
Portland Parks Foundation is committed to reaching out to children in neighborhoods where resources are scarce with healthy activity, healthy food and hope. Being selected by Share Our Strength to receive this grant provides the tools for us to reach children who wouldn't normally find their way to a lunch site.
-Maura White, Executive Director, Portland Parks Foundation
More meals for more kids
PlusTime New Hampshire, No Kid Hungry Innovator and winner of $25,000
PlusTime New Hampshire (Concord, NH) will expand after school meals and snack sites in New Hampshire with a focus on replication and expansion of effective programs.
PlusTime New Hampshire is absolutely thrilled with the opportunity this award provides us to bring nutritious snacks and meals to NH's most vulnerable children and youth during afterschool and summer programs.
-Cynthia Billings, President & CEO, PlusTime New Hampshire
With your support, Share Our Strength and our partners across the country are bridging the gaps between kids and the healthy, nutritious food they need to thrive.
As always, thank you for your support of Share Our Strength, and thank you for helping to recognize these innovators.