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New Partnership to Address Childhood Hunger Over the Summer

The Arby’s Foundation kicked off its 'Hungry for Happiness' mobile tour on Tuesday in Smyrna at Belmont Hills Elementary School.

the Arby’s Foundation kicked-off their summer “Hungry for Happiness” mobile tour today at Belmont Hill Elementary School in Smyrna. Credit: Griffin Gibson Photography
the Arby’s Foundation kicked-off their summer “Hungry for Happiness” mobile tour today at Belmont Hill Elementary School in Smyrna. Credit: Griffin Gibson Photography
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The Arby’s Foundation, the charitable arm of Arby’s Restaurant Group Inc. (ARG), and Share Our Strength’s No Kid Hungry campaign has announced the launch of School’s Out, Food’s In, the nation’s largest partnership investment around childhood hunger during the summer.

Over the course of four years, the Arby’s Foundation will invest an unprecedented $4 million in innovative strategies and programs with Share Our Strength to solve the problems children face over the vulnerable summer months.

The Arby’s Foundation kicked off its 'Hungry for Happiness' mobile tour on Tuesday in Smyrna at Belmont Hills Elementary School. The tour will stop in 25 states across the country this summer to raise awareness around childhood hunger in America and increase enrollment in summer meals programs.

According to the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), while more than 21 million school children in America receive free or reduced-price school lunches during the school year, just over 3 million of those kids receive a free summer meal when school is out. That equates to six out of seven low-income kids who eat a free or reduced-price lunch during the academic year not receiving a free meal during the summer.

“Arby’s is committed to supporting youth causes, particularly ending childhood hunger,” Paul Brown, CEO of Arby’s Restaurant Group, Inc., said in a news release. “We partner with the No Kid Hungry campaign to provide access to free summer meals. Children should enjoy their summer vacations and not have to worry about where their next meal is going to come from. Arby’s is stepping up to make summer better for the families who otherwise may not have access to a meal.” 

School’s Out, Food’s In will add a deep layer to the involvement Arby’s has in ending childhood hunger, as the announcement comes in conjunction with the kick-off for the Arby’s Foundation’s Hungry For Happiness mobile tour.

School’s Out, Food’s In will start with an innovative pilot program in Atlanta on May 16, typically the last day of school and the last day children can count on receiving a guaranteed meal before summer hits. Atlanta Public School children will receive an Arby’s punch card to redeem for ten free Arby’s kids meals during the summer. The punch card will also encourage families to participate in the leading-edge summer meals texting program with No Kid Hungry, which connects people to local summer meal sites through their phone.

Arby’s is the largest quick service restaurant chain to partner in a nationwide effort with Share Our Strength’s No Kid Hungry campaign, which is dedicated to ending childhood hunger in America, and has raised more than $9 million for its mission since 2011. Arby’s and the Arby’s Foundation have generated significant national awareness of the childhood hunger movement by leveraging its restaurants and digital and social media properties in the fight to end childhood hunger in America.

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