Share Our Strength is a national non-profit organization whose primary mission is to end childhood hunger in the United States (by 2015) by mobilizing industries and individuals, and creating community wealth to promote lasting and permanent change.
Share Our Strength is a national non-profit organization whose primary mission is to end childhood hunger in the United States (by 2015) and abroad by mobilizing industries and individuals, and by creating community wealth to promote lasting and permanent change.
To this end, Share Our Strength holds annual culinary events, solicits individual donations, and utilizes social media in efforts to raise funds for long-term solutions to the hunger problem.
Founded in 1984 by brother and sister Billy and Debbie Shore, who continue to lead the organization today, Share Our Strength initially focused on looking for long-term solutions to what they deemed “seemingly eternal problems.” During those early years, Share Our Strength (spurred by the 1984 famine in Ethiopia) focused almost exclusively on fundraising (magnifying the effects of fundraising dollars by using corporate sponsors to match donated amounts), and granted its funds out entirely to other nonprofit organizations who would then do the actual charitable work.
Since that time however, Share Our Strength has expanded both its interests and methodology by raising funds through four nationwide events and a number of smaller initiatives. Thus far, the main events have been:
> Taste of the Nation (1988), a series of food and wine tastings, seated dinners, and brunches that take place in 50 cities across North America. To date, the annual events have raised more than $70 million, supporting 450 groups working to end hunger and poverty (visit: http://taste.strength.org/site/PageServer?pagename=TOTN_homepage).
> Great American Bake Sale (2003), Share Our Strength encourages people across the country to host annual bake sales to fight childhood hunger (visit: http://gabs.strength.org/site/PageServer?pagename=GABS_homepage).
> A Tasteful Pursuit (2005), a touring dinner series with the nation's top chefs, augmented by high end auctions (visit: http://www.strength.org/a_tasteful_pursuit/).
> Great American Dine Out (2010), a week-long event where restaurants across the country donate a portion of sales (visit: http://join.strength.org/site/PageServer?pagename=GADO_homepage).
Additionally, Share Our Strength currently has state partnerships in:
DC: The Partnership to End Childhood Hunger in the Nation's Capital, a joint effort of the Food Research and Action Center, D.C. Hunger Solutions and Share Our Strength.
Florida: Florida Partnership to End Childhood Hunger with Florida Impact as its lead agency.
Washington: End Childhood Hunger Washington with advocacy leader Children's Alliance.
Maryland: Partnership to End Childhood Hunger in Maryland with the Governor's Office for Children.
Share Our Strength’s current campaign, the “No Kid Hungry by 2015” project, is the celebrity-endorsed initiative designed to insure that children in need are enrolled in federal nutrition programs which invest in community organizations fighting hunger, teaches families how to cook healthy meals on a budget, and builds public-private partnerships to end hunger, both nationally and at the state level. “Because it's a shame that, in the richest country in the world, we have so many children that don't get enough to eat every day.”
The No Kid Hungry Pledge:
I believe that no child in America should go hungry. By pledging today, I add my voice to the national movement of people committed to ending childhood hunger in America by 2015.
I pledge to do more than I ever thought I could to help children gain access to the healthy food they need to grow and thrive.
I will help make the invisible hunger visible for my neighbors, my family, and our local, state, and national leaders.
By uniting my voice with thousands of others, I believe that we can make No Kid Hungry a reality.
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