Noodles & Company, serving classic noodle and pasta dishes from around the world,  announced it will once again team up with No Kid Hungry to help end childhood hunger in America. By donating $2 to the nonprofit campaign at participating Noodles & Company restaurants or online at now through October 3, 2017, guests will receive a coupon for a free Shareable item to enjoy with their family and friends on their next visit. Every $2 donation helps supply up to 20 meals to kids in need.

“Together with our guests, we raised more than $500,000 for No Kid Hungry in 2016, which put us 5 million meals closer to ending childhood hunger in America once and for all,” says Dave Boennighausen, chief executive officer of Noodles & Company. “With one in six kids struggling with hunger in our country today, there’s no better time than now to empower our people, our guests and our communities to come together and positively impact the lives of those kids who need it most.”

In addition to the in-restaurant fundraising campaign, Noodles & Company will also host the Dine Out for No Kid Hungry School Bus Tour on Tues., September 5, at its Market Street Station restaurant (1460 16th St.) in Denver. From 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m., Boennighausen will be joined by local Noodles and No Kid Hungry team members to take action, drive fundraising efforts and help shine a light on the childhood hunger crisis in America. The bus tour, which began in New York on Aug. 21 and concludes in Los Angeles on Sept. 13, aims to highlight the true impact of hunger in schools and communities across the country. A new study by No Kid Hungry found that 95 percent of teachers believe hunger impacts their students’ ability to succeed and 77 percent of teachers directly correlate hunger with poor academic performance.

“For the second consecutive year, we’re so proud and thankful to have Noodles & Company’s continued support of our mission to ensure that no child in this country ever goes hungry again,” says Diana Hovey, senior vice president of Dine Out for No Kid Hungry. “With just the simple act of dining out and making a donation at Noodles & Company during the month of September, we can all help make an immediate difference in a big way.”

Coupons for the free Shareable item are valid through Oct. 17, 2017 and are good for any size Korean BBQ Meatballs, Cheesy Garlic Bread or Potstickers. The coupon cannot be combined with any other offer.

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