Program areas at Share Our Strength
No kid hungry campaign:in 2010, Share Our Strength launched the no kid hungry campaign with the goal of ensuring three healthy meals a day, every day, for every child in america. In just over a decade, we've identified and addressed huge gaps in federal child nutrition programs, connected children to more than one billion meals, and dramatically expanded the reach of afterschool and summer meal programs. We work with schools, elected officials, and community groups to launch and grow effective, sustainable programs that will feed hungry kids today and well into the future. In the first half of fiscal year 2020, Our team worked with schools across the country to support the implementation of innovative models for more effectively reaching kids at risk of hunger with healthy meals. We distributed 275 school breakfast grants across 23 states, and we released new training guides, resources, and research through Our center for best practices to support Our national network of school meal providers. In addition, we successfully advocated for policies to feed more children at the state and federal level securing breakfast policy in Ohio and an additional $7 million in funding for the national summer ebt program.in the wake of the coronavirus, millions more children in the united states are facing poverty and hunger. In march, Our team rapidly pivoted Our focus to ensure financial support for the thousands of school and community programs working to feed an increasing number of children and families in need. In the remainder of fiscal year 2020, we deployed over $22 million in emergency grants to 850 school districts and community partners who projected serving 10 million meals daily during the first few months of the crisis. We advocated for critical child nutrition program waivers and new programs, such as pandemic ebt, to ensure more flexibility for families and communities to feed kids safely and with dignity. In addition, we expanded Our texting hotline to connect 125,000 families with free meals in the first 4 months of the pandemic. We are continuing this critical work to make sure children are fed, both during this crisis and in the recovery to follow, through a combination of grants, strategic assistance, advocacy and awareness.
Cooking matters campaign:share Our Strength's cooking matters campaign delivers quality food skills and nutrition education to low-income families to help them provide their kids with healthy, affordable meals at home. Participants learn to shop smarter, use nutrition information on products, and cook delicious meals on a tight budget. We accomplish this work by 1) leveraging Our nationwide network of partners that directly educate families using Our cooking matters in-person curricula and resources, 2) making Our content widely available to parents and caregivers online and through technology tools that allow them to learn at a pace and time that is convenient for them, and 3) increasing the opportunities parents and caregivers have to access food skills and nutrition education within systems they are already accessing (i.e., healthcare).in fiscal year 2020, we launched a new pilot testing shorter format in-person programming with 28 partnering community groups, while also exploring for the first time utilizing facebook live as a means of online education. Our work continued in evaluating the potential to achieve behavior change through digital channels and creating an appropriate means of measuring holistic impact in relation to Our theory of change. We also launched a project to increase the effectiveness and reach of snap-ed by giving states critical knowledge, research, and a field model to guide their planning efforts. With the onset of the coronavirus pandemic in march, we halted in-person programming and accelerated Our efforts to expand Our digital offerings. We launched a new digital curricula series - cooking matters at home - along with new videos, activities, and handouts and weekly facebook live sessions. In fiscal year 2020, both through Our team on the ground and more than 150 partners, we reached 283,485 participants with in-person and digital content. With the coronavirus impacting the ways in which we are able to offer education, we are listening to Our partners and to parents and caregivers to better understand how, where, and when we can best meet their needs and continue to strive toward a world in which all have access to the skills and resources to make healthy meals at home. Since cooking matters started in 1993, we've reached 1 million families through in-person and digitally-delivered food skills and nutrition education. And through Our evaluation of cooking matters programming, we know that over 30% of all adult participants intend to let kids help plan, prepare, and serve themselves during meals for the first time; over 60% of all adult participants intend to compare prices, read ingredient lists, and compare food labels to make healthy choices when shopping; and99% of parents accessing the special supplemental nutrition program for women, infants and children (wic) report the ability to identify wic foods at the grocery store and maximize their wic benefits toward the purchase of fruits and vegetables.
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