The No Kid Hungry campaign connects kids in need with nutritious food and teaches their families how to cook healthy, affordable meals. The campaign also engages the public to make ending childhood hunger a national priority.

The campaign does this by connecting kids to effective nutrition programs like school breakfast and summer meals. This work is accomplished through the No Kid Hungry network, made up of private citizens, government officials, business leaders, and others providing innovative hunger solutions in their communities. These partners work together, implementing solutions that break down the barriers that keep kids from healthy food.

Through its Cooking Matters program, the No Kid Hungry campaign educates and empowers low-income families to stretch their food budgets so their kids get healthy meals at home. Cooking Matters participants learn to shop strategically, use nutrition information to make healthier food choices, and cook delicious, affordable meals.

The campaign works to shine a national spotlight on the crisis of childhood hunger in America, creating a powerful movement of individuals committed to bold action.

“We build partnerships that enlist influential individuals in the cause and advocate policy changes needed to achieve our goals,” said the organization.

Share Our Strength’s Great American Bake Sale is a grassroots fund-raising initiative that encourages people to host bake sales in their communities and donate the proceeds to No Kid
Hungry to help end childhood hunger in America.

Charlene Cooper is one local resident who has answered the call for help.

“It’s something I’ve wanted to do for awhile,” said Cooper. “I figured it was no time like the present, so I got on the phone and started sending out donation request letters.”

Cooper said not as many local bakeries as she would have hoped were receptive, but she was able to secure donations from Fresh & Easy, Trader Joe’s, and the Cheesecake Factory. She will also raffle gift cards that were donated from El Torito, and Wetzel Pretzel.

“It’s more than just a bake sale. It’s part of a mission to end childhood hunger and each dollar can go a long way,” said Cooper.

Charlene’s Bake Sale will be held at St. Albert the Great Catholic School at 804 E. Compton Blvd., Compton, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. All proceeds will go to Share Our Strength’s No Kid Hungry campaign. To volunteer or to make a donation, contact Charlene Cooper at (310) 800-0327.

For more information on the No Kid Hungry campaign and the Great American Bake Sale, visit the organization’s website at www.strength.org.