Today, National Cooperative Grocers Association (NCGA) announced a partnership with national nonprofit Share Our Strength to support the organization's No Kid Hungry® campaign. As part of World Food Day, the No Kid Hungry campaign aims to raise awareness and funds to end childhood hunger in America. NCGA has joined the campaign and pledged to raise $100,000 by working with member co-ops, consumers and other partner brands that have pledged contributions, including: Alaffia, Alter Eco, Divine, Dr. Bronner's, Equal Exchange, Frontier, Nutiva, Once Again, Organic Valley and Shady Maple Farms.
"More than 16 million children cannot count on having enough nutritious food; that’s one in five kids in America today who struggle with hunger,” said Robynn Shrader, chief executive officer for NCGA. “We're proud to support this campaign and work with our vendors, food co-ops and their shoppers and owners to help work towards the goal of a world without childhood hunger."
This initiative brings together three events that highlight NCGA and its member co-ops as they work to address the growing problem of childhood hunger: October as national Co-op Month, World Food Day on October 16, and 2012 as the International Year of Cooperatives, as declared by the United Nations in recognition of the tangible economic and social contributions made by cooperative businesses.
Consumers can get involved by shopping at their participating local food co-op on Saturday, October 13, and taking the No Kid Hungry Pledge at NoKidHungry.org.