Arby’s restaurants across the country raised more than $3.7 million to end childhood hunger in America, surpassing last year’s record-breaking $3.4 million. From August 3 to September 20, participating Arby’s restaurants teamed with guests to collect donations for the Arby’s Foundation, in support of its mission to end childhood hunger in America in partnership with No Kid Hungry.
“Childhood hunger is a serious but solvable issue affecting more than 16 million kids in the U.S.,” says CEO Paul Brown. “Most Americans don’t realize the prevalence or consequences of childhood hunger, which impacts academic achievement and overall health. I’m proud of Arby’s commitment, from our guests, Arby's Restaurant Group Inc. team members, and Arby's franchisees, to achieve our goal of ending childhood hunger through our partnership with No Kid Hungry.”
Twenty-two million children across the country rely on free or reduced lunches during the school year and six out of seven kids do not receive that meal during the summer. As a response, Arby’s Foundation launched the School’s Out, Food’s In initiative, a summer meals program aimed to support children who struggle to find meals when school is out. Since the launch, the foundation has been able to provide an additional 17 million meals to kids struggling with hunger during the summer months.
“Our vision is that all children will have access to the wholesome food choices they need to learn and grow,” says Christopher Fuller, executive director of the Arby’s Foundation. “The Arby's Foundation is committed to working together with Arby’s Restaurant Group Inc. team members, guests, Arby's franchisees, and local community organizations towards a day where all children across our country have access to three wholesome meals a day, every day of the year.”
The national fundraiser has generated more than $15 million since 2011. Through these funds and its partnership with No Kid Hungry, Arby’s has helped connect children in need with more than 345 million additional meals across the country.