Did you know that 16 million kids in the United States struggle with hunger? What’s more, 3 out of 4 teachers say their students regularly come to school hungry.

I learned about the statistics on child hunger back in 2014. To say that I was dismayed was an understatement. Child hunger in the land of milk and honey? But it was true. That’s how I ended up as a Connecticut No Kid Hungry volunteer. In 2014, I met up with other volunteers at Kennedy Park, then we went door-to-door to let Danbury residents know about the free, nutritious, CT summer meals for children and teens 18 and under (children from low-income families have no access to food when school’s out). I’d love to start a Bake Sale for No Kid Hungry, but I need other bakers to chip in with their baked goodies. If anyone in Connecticut is interested in a bake sale to benefit No Kid Hungry, just message me here.

Next week, there’s the upcoming Taste of the Nation in Washington, D.C. (April 4) and another one in New York (April 25) to benefit No Kid Hungry. Pass the info along to your friends in DC and NY. Let’s increase awareness to curb child hunger!


DC’s Taste of the Nation for No Kid Hungry, The District’s Favorite Culinary Event for a Cause, Returns on Monday, April 4
DC’s top chefs, restaurateurs and mixologists join forces to help end childhood hunger

March 30, 2016 (Washington, D.C.) — Residents of our nation’s capital can enjoy the most celebrated food in the area on April 4, when DC’s Taste of the Nation for No Kid Hungry returns to the historic National Building Museum. The annual tasting event will feature the city’s top chefs, sommeliers and mixologists united for a cause: making sure all children in this country get the healthy food they need every day. Proceeds from the event benefit No Kid Hungry’s efforts to end childhood hunger in America.

Date: Monday, April 4, 2016
Location: National Building Museum, 401 F ST NW, Washington, DC 20001
Time: 6:00 – 9:30 p.m. for VIP/VIP Plus; 7:00 – 9:30 p.m. for General Admission
Admission: $120 for General Admission; $175 for VIP; and $275 for VIP Plus
Ticket Sales: Tickets to DC’s Taste of the Nation can be purchased at ce.strength.org/dc

Led by Chef Chair Bryan Voltaggio (VOLT, Lunchbox, Family Meal, Range, Aggio), Dessert Chair Tiffany MacIsaac (Buttercream Bakeshop), Mixology Chair Derek Brown (Columbia Room, Mockingbird Hill, Southern Efficiency, Eat the Rich), and Sommelier Chair Nadine Brown (Charlie Palmer Steak), DC’s culinary tastemakers will provide guests with scrumptious bite-size fare, craft cocktails, and the finest sweets. With DC’s ever-changing restaurant scene, Taste of the Nation will showcase many of the city’s latest dining spots, including Clarity, Honeysuckle, Maketto, Succotash, Thip Khao, and Yona. Guests will also enjoy live DJ entertainment and the chance to win one of a kind auction items.

Every Kid, Healthy Food, Every Day

One in five children in this country struggles with hunger, and in DC the insecurity rate is even higher at 1 in 4. No Kid Hungry is ending childhood hunger in this nation by ensuring that kids start the day with a nutritious breakfast and and families learn the skills they need to shop and cook on a budget. Already, No Kid Hungry and its partners have connected kids struggling with hunger with 460 million meals.

In 2015, DC’s Taste of the Nation for No Kid Hungry raised enough to help feed children in need more than more than 2,300,000 healthy meals. Area beneficiaries include Capital Area Food Bank, DC Hunger Solutions, and Mary’s Center.

DC’s Taste of the Nation for No Kid Hungry is supported by national presenting sponsors Citi and Sysco®, national media sponsor Food Network, national sponsors OpenTable, LG, and Food Should Taste Good and local sponsors Maryland Live! Casino and Ikea.

The best eateries in the DC area will be represented at the event, including:

1789 Restaurant * Al Dente * Alba Osteria * Ardeo + Bardeo * Art & Soul * Bar Civita * Bar Pilar * BBQ Joint * Beuchert’s Saloon * Bidwell * BLT Steak * B&O American Brasserie * Brabo * Carlyle * Cava Mezze * Centrolina * Clarity * Compass Rose * Cork * Del Campo * DGS Delicatessen * Dino’s Grotto * Dolcezza Gelato * El Centro * Fainting Goat * Food & Wine Co. * GCDC * Hank’s Oyster Bar * Honeysuckle * Jack Rose Dining Saloon * Jackson 20 * Juniper * Kapnos * Le Diplomate * L’Hommage Bistro * Maketto|Toki Underground * Mandu * Mason Dixie Biscuit Co. * Maple * Medium Rare * NoPa * Ocopa * Osteria Morini * Ottoman Tavern * Partisan * Pinea * Provision No. 14 * Requin * The Wine Kitchen * Shake Shack * Sona * Soup Up * Succotash * Tabard Inn * Thally * The Wine Kitchen * Thip Khao *  Toro Toro * Trummer’s On Main * Urbana * Vidalia | Bistro Bis | Woodward Takeout Food * Vinoteca * VOLT Restaurant Group * West End Bistro * Yona * Zentan

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About No Kid Hungry

No child should go hungry in America, but 1 in 5 kids will face hunger this year. Using proven, practical solutions, No Kid Hungry is ending childhood hunger today by ensuring that kids start the day with a nutritious breakfast, and families learn the skills they need to shop and cook on a budget. When we all work together, we can make sure kids get the healthy food they need. No Kid Hungry is a campaign of national anti-hunger organization Share Our Strength. Join us at NoKidHungry.org.

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