Noodles & Company, serving classic noodle and pasta dishes from around the world, announced Tuesday that its September “20 for $2” program raised more than $420,000 for No Kid Hungry. The month-long campaign rounds out the company’s inaugural year of partnership with the leading non-profit, which also included a $100,000 donation in August as part of the brand’s Kids Meal launch program.

Throughout the entire month of September, Noodles & Company guests were encouraged to donate $2 to No Kid Hungry, and its mission to end childhood hunger in America. A $2 donation helps connect up to 20 healthy meals to the nearly one in five U.S. children struggling with hunger. As a result, Noodles & Company, along with its guests, have helped to provide a total of more than 5 million meals to children in need.

“All of us at Noodles & Company are extremely proud of what we were collectively able to raise and subsequently donate to No Kid Hungry this year,” says Dave Boennighausen, interim chief executive officer of Noodles & Company. “We were truly blown away and owe an immense thank you to our amazing guests, who showed through their generosity that childhood hunger is as important to them as it is to us.”

“We are so thankful for Noodles & Company’s support and hard work throughout this 2016 campaign,” adds Diana Hovey, senior director at No Kid Hungry. “They were whole-heartedly committed to this campaign, and their incredible donation will help provide more than 5 million meals to children who need them most, allowing us to take another step toward our goal of ending childhood hunger in America.”

Noodles & Company’s total fundraising commitment is the result of more than $420,000 raised in-restaurant through the “20 for $2” guest donation program in September and $100,000 raised during 2015’s year-long kid’s meal donation program, whereby 5 cents from every Kids Meal purchased was set aside to be donated to No Kid Hungry.

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