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Co-ops Raise $106,500 for World Food Day

We're pleased to announce that food co-ops, vendors and co-op shoppers raised $106,500 to support Share our Strength’s No Kid Hungry® campaign in October 2012.

This initiative brought together three events—October as national Co-op Month, World Food Day on October 16, and 2012 as the International Year of Cooperatives—and is just one of the ways co-ops are helping to build a better world. Learn more about this initiative below.

Background

Every parent knows that a hungry child is a disadvantaged child. He can’t grow, develop and learn like other kids. She has trouble focusing and getting along. They complain often of headaches, stomachaches and other ailments. They fall behind in virtually every way.

In the world’s wealthiest nation, no child should grow up hungry. Yet over the course of a year, more than 16 million children in America cannot count on having enough nutritious food. That’s one in five kids in America today who struggle with hunger.

We can help. World Food Day 2012 was  October 16. In support of this worldwide event designed to increase awareness, understanding and action around hunger issues, food co-ops across the country joined together to raise $100,000 for Share our Strength’s No Kid Hungry® campaign, a national effort to end childhood hunger in America.

Share Our Strength’s No Kid Hungry® campaign is ending childhood hunger by connecting kids to the healthy food they need, every day. No Kid Hungry brings together governors, mayors, businesses, chefs, federal and state agencies, educators and community leaders to connect children at risk of hunger with food and nutrition programs where they live, learn and play. No Kid Hungry also teaches families how to cook healthy, affordable meals through Cooking Matters® and invests in community organizations that fight hunger.

How can you help?

You can make a direct donation at www.nokidhungry.org/co-op and take the No Kid Hungry Pledge at NoKidHungry.org.

Help us fight childhood hunger in our communities! It's just one of the ways food co-ops and food co-op shoppers and owners are building a better world. We are Stronger Together!