What Your Dollars Can Do

At No Kid Hungry, we say that $1 can help provide 10 meals for kids. Our donors sometimes ask: How is this possible?

It’s not because we get a bulk discount on food. In fact, we don’t buy food at all. Because lack of food isn’t the problem in the United States. The problem is ensuring that children have reliable access to the food they need.

No Kid Hungry does that by supporting school and community meals programs, providing grants to help people get the equipment they need to feed kids and advocating for better laws and policies.

When we carefully invest donor dollars in this work, schools and communities can feed a lot more kids. We’ve been monitoring and analyzing data for these programs for more than a decade, so we know that your support can help provide 10 meals for every $1 spent.

Here are a few examples of what our help looks like today:

  • Since early 2020, we've provided over $120 million in grants to communities across the country to help them feed children.
  • We successfully advocated for increases to SNAP and emergency grocery benefits to help struggling families afford food, as well as major improvements to the national summer meals program.
  • We help educators and community leaders who want to feed more children, not just through grants and legislation, but by offering research and training.
  • When school buildings were closed at the height of the COVID pandemic, schools and community groups had to rapidly transform their operations to feed children the meals they normally receive at school. They used No Kid Hungry grant funding to buy meal carts, temperature-controlled containers, vehicles and packaging to deliver pre-packed meals to millions of children.

At No Kid Hungry, we rely on the generosity of individual donors as well as charitable support from many companies to fund our work to end childhood hunger. Maintaining the trust of donors in our organization is incredibly important to us as an organization – and essential to our work. (You can find our most recent annual report and an accounting of our financials here.)

Our promise to you is that we will be transparent and communicate regularly about how your dollars are being used to help provide healthy meals to children in the United States.


Learn more about the ways you can help hungry kids or make a donation today.