Sharky’s Woodfired Mexican Grill, a premium fast casual restaurant brand serving a “Feel Good About Eating,” Mexican-inspired menu at 27 restaurants in California, Oregon and Nevada, has raised $10,000 for No Kid Hungry through a fundraising campaign held at all of its locations this winter. In partnership with Alaska Seafood Marketing Institute, Sharky’s donated $1 to No Kid Hungry for each Wild Alaska Salmon menu item purchased at its restaurants between February 16 and April 13, 2017. Sharky’s offers several menu items featuring wild-caught and sustainable Alaska Salmon, including the popular Wild Salmon Lite Burrito and the recently introduced Organic Roasted Veggie Bowl.

“We are so grateful to be able to support No Kid Hungry’s mission to end childhood hunger in our country,” says Steven Paperno, founder and CEO, Sharky’s Woodfired Mexican Grill. “No Kid Hungry is a tremendous organization and one with which we are so very proud to partner. Through their work, thousands of children receive nutritious meals each day to support their physical and emotional health. At Sharky’s, we are all committed to helping make a real difference in this effort.”

Since 1984, No Kid Hungry has connected vulnerable children with effective nutrition programs where they live, learn and play by creating public-private partnerships that work together to identify and break down barriers to meal access. No Kid Hungry also teaches low-income families how to stretch their food budgets and cook healthy, affordable meals. The organization supports many local agencies in the cities with Sharky’s restaurants, including: Los Angeles Fund for Public Education, Los Angeles Regional Food Bank, West Side Food Bank, Second Harvest Food Bank of Orange County, and Child Care Resource Center in the Los Angeles area; Oregon Food Bank, Partners for Hunger Free Oregon, and Society of St. Vincent de Paul in the Portland area; and Three Square in Las Vegas.

As part of the partnership with No Kid Hungry, Sharky’s also collects donations at grand opening events, including recent openings in May in Las Vegas and Marina del Rey, California.

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