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- SOS raises more than $5M to fight childhood hunger
- More fundraising efforts
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Nearly 8,300 restaurants pitched in throughout the month of September in an effort to end childhood hunger by participating in Share Our Strength’s annual Dine Out for No Kid Hungry fundraising campaign.
Restaurateurs, together with their employees and customers, raised more than $5 million, or double the amount raised last year, helping to ensure that hungry children across the nation are fed.
Billy Shore, founder and chief executive of Washington, D.C.-based SOS, called the effects of childhood hunger “far-reaching. This is not a political issue; it’s a commonsense issue. When we feed our kids, they grow up smarter, stronger and healthier.”
SOS said more than 16 million children in the United States face hunger problems.
Throughout the month of September, chain and independent restaurants around the country focused their energies on raising funds for the campaign through a variety of methods.
From Aug. 20 through Sept. 30, Arby’s restaurants reached a new record by raising $2.5 million. The Atlanta-based quick-service chain collected money for the Arby’s Foundation and its mission to end childhood hunger, through a partnership with SOS’s No Kid Hungry campaign. Customers who donated $1 received a pin-up pledge to sign and hang on the wall of the restaurant to show their support.
“We’re extremely proud of the extraordinary efforts of our franchisees, company-owned restaurants and employees who went the extra mile,” said Hala Moddelmog, president of Arby’s Restaurant Group Inc. “Childhood hunger is a monumental problem in this country, and we’ve pledged as a brand to stand up and take action to ensure that no child grows up hungry.”
Bruegger’s Bagels in Burlington, Vt., said it would donate $125,000 to the SOS campaign. The funds were raised in a monthlong fundraising drive on the Bruegger’s Facebook page and through coupon-book sales in the brand’s 300-plus locations.
Bruegger’s said its customers participated in record numbers this year, enabling the bagel bakery to meet its fundraising goal — four times the amount raised in 2011.
“Bruegger’s employees and its guests pulled out all the stops this year in the fight against childhood hunger,” said Jim Vinz, co-CEO of Bruegger’s parent company Le Duff America and chairman of the Dine Out for No Kid Hungry Advisory Board. “Their tremendous efforts will help Share Our Strength provide relief for the 16.6 million children in this country who are at risk of hunger and help ensure that every child in the U.S. gets the food they need.”