Share Our Strength began in the basement of a row house on Capitol Hill in 1984, in response to the ‘84-‘85 famine in Ethiopia. Moved by the famine, siblings Billy and Debbie Shore founded Share Our Strength to help combat global hunger and poverty.
In the beginning the organization focused on looking for long-term solutions to these seemingly insurmountable problems. During those early years, Share Our Strength focused almost exclusively on fundraising and providing grants to other non-profit organizations.
The Shores founded the organization with the belief that everyone has a strength to share in the global fight against hunger and poverty and that in these shared strengths lie sustainable solutions to large problems. Today the team focuses these strengths on making No Kid Hungry a reality in America.
Steps Taken Toward Ending Childhood Hunger
Since summer 2011, No Kid Hungry efforts have helped bring more than 34 million additional meals to kids who need them, including 28 million additional breakfasts and 6 million summer meals. They have also reached kids through afterschool meal programs, making more than 1,100 strategic investments in innovative local hunger organizations, and empowering families to shop for and cook healthy meals on a budget through Cooking Matters.
No Kid Hungry. ‘The Problem’. Accessed July 9, 2013. http://www.nokidhungry.org/problem/overview
No Kid Hungry. ‘The Impact’. Accessed July 9, 2013. http://impact.nokidhungry.org/