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No Kid Hungry - Share Our Strength

No child should grow up hungry in America, but one in five children struggles with hunger. Share Our Strength’s No Kid Hungry® campaign is ending childhood hunger in America by ensuring all children get the healthy food they need, every day. The No Kid Hungry campaign connects kids in need to effective nutrition programs like school breakfast and summer meals and teaches low-income families to cook healthy, affordable meals through Cooking Matters. Join us at NoKidHungry.org.

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About the Sodexo Foundation

Sodexo Foundation works to ensure that every child in the United States, especially those most at-risk, grows up with dependable access to enough nutritious food to enable them to lead a healthy, productive life. Sodexo Foundation engages youth in the anti-hunger movement by inspiring a new generation of leaders who will advocate for this cause among their peers. Since 1999, it has granted nearly $20 million to eradicate hunger in America. Learn more at SodexoFoundation.org.

View Our Lesson Plans

Make the No Kid Hungry letter-writing campaign part of your curriculum with our standards-aligned lesson plans for:

Recently, No Kid Hungry and WeAreTeachers challenged teens to help solve the problem of childhood hunger in the United States through their own words by writing their local and state leaders, congressperson or senator and asking him or her to take action.

The response we received was astonishing - over 1600 students shared letters!

Nothing gives us more hope for the future than reading the powerful messages that students across the country crafted in the name of helping other children who don’t always know where their next meal is coming from.

After much deliberation - and input from a special celebrity judge - we hand-selected three letter writers to receive cash scholarships and donations to the child hunger nonprofit of their choice, generously sponsored by Sodexo Foundation. They are:

  1. Bret Serbin - Read the letter [pdf]
  2. Anna Huebner - Read the letter [pdf]
  3. Hanxing Kuang - Read the letter [pdf]

Blake Michael, the star of the Disney Channel original hit series “Dog With A Blog” was a special guest judge for the 2013 Go Orange for No Kid Hungry Essay Contest. Joining our existing panel of judges, Blake read the top 10 entries and submitted his thoughts. Check out a blog post from Blake announcing the winner of the contest and be sure to follow him on Twitter at @BlakeMichael14.

Thank you to these students and to everyone who took the time to let their leaders know how important it is that we tackle child hunger today.

Contest Details
The Contest is open only to legal residents of the United States who are (a) at least thirteen (13) years old, (b) currently enrolled in an accredited public or private K-12 school in the United States. Educators who are (a) at least eighteen (18) years old, (b) currently employed full-time as an educator by an accredited public or private K-12 school in the United States may apply on behalf of eligible students.  

Submit Your Essay By: 9/27/2013

Winners Announced: 10/21/2013

See complete rules here.
How to Enter
  1. Invite your students to learn about the problem of child hunger in the United States. (View our standards-aligned English Language Arts, social studies, and service learning lesson plans for help.)
  2. Challenge students to write a letter asking local leaders and politicians to take action on child hunger.
  3. Share the letter with your community and the team at No Kid Hungry/WeAreTeachers.
  4. We will hand-select three letter-writers to receive cash scholarships and donations to the child hunger nonprofit of his or her choice.
Prize Package
  • One first-place winner will receive a $500 cash scholarship and a $500 donation toward a child hunger nonprofit of his or her choice.
  • The first-place winner’s teacher will receive $1,000 to use for his or her classroom.
  • One second-place winner will receive a $250 cash scholarship and $250 donation.
  • One third-place winner will receive a $75 cash scholarship and $75 donation.
  • All prizes are generously sponsored by Sodexo Foundation.
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