Los Angeles – May 13, 2014 – On May 19 through May 21, the Hungry for Happiness mobile tour will visit Los Angeles to help raise awareness about the issue of childhood hunger and increase participation in free summer meals sites for kids located in the area. Summer continues to be a vulnerable time for those who rely on school breakfast and lunch during the school year. The Arby’s Foundation, the charitable arm of Arby’s Restaurant Group, Inc., in partnership with Share Our Strength’s No Kid Hungry® campaign, is committed to helping kids get the food they need.
In California, only 16 percent of school children who rely on free or reduced-price school lunches during the school year currently participate in summer meal programs. These free programs are available to kids and teens age 18 and under at thousands of summer meals sites across the country. Sites are registered with USDA and are held at safe local places such as schools, churches and community centers.
The Hungry for Happiness mobile tour has partnered with the Our Saviour Center – Kids Campus and Magnolia Place Family Center to provide more area children access to healthy food during the summer months. Local stops in the Hungry for Happiness mobile tour include:
” Monday, May 19, 5:00pm-8:00pm, Arby’s, 19051 Brookhurst St. Huntington Beach, CA 92646
” Tuesday, May 20, 11:00am-1:00pm, Magnolia Place Family Center, 1910 Magnolia Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90007
” Wednesday, May 21, 2:00pm – 6:00pm, Our Saviour Center-Kids Campus, 4316 Peck Road, El Monte, CA 91732
In each market, the tour will provide Arby’s® Kids Meals (which are endorsed by Kids LiveWell and include a Jr. turkey and cheese sandwich, apple slices and Shamrock Farms low-fat milk) to children participating in the summer meals program, distribute information on local resources to the public, and provide fun summer activities such as hula-hoop contests, tug of war, bean bag toss, basketball and other family-friendly games to get kids moving.
“Children who eat healthy meals perform better in almost all subjects. Yet, too many of our kids go hungry daily. At our Kids Campus, we see the huge difference nutritious food can make for the children of our after-school, recreation, and enrichment programs,” said Rex Botengan, Executive Director, Our Saviour Center’s Kids Campus. “We are very grateful for the Arby’s Foundation and Share Our Strength for partnering with local agencies to address child hunger in our community.”
The tour will also host a benefit night at Arby’s®, 1525 West Sepulveda Blvd., Torrance, CA where 20% of the evening’s sales will be donated to Boys & Girls Clubs of Huntington Valley.
Families in California can find a free summer meals site near them by visiting NoKidHungry.org/summer, calling 1-866-3HUNGRY, or texting FOOD to 877-877.
Los Angeles is one of 30 stops on the national 2014 Hungry for Happiness mobile tour. The Los Angeles stop is sponsored locally by King’s Hawaiian. National sponsors supporting the mobile tour include Pepsi, Dr Pepper, Comcast and Shamrock Farms. Arby’s is the largest quick service restaurant chain to partner in a nationwide effort with Share Our Strength’s No Kid Hungry campaign, and has raised more than $11 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.
About the Arby’s Foundation
The Arby’s Foundation, whose mission is to end childhood hunger in America, is the charitable arm of Arby’s Restaurant Group, Inc. Building on a philanthropic heritage that has contributed more than $60 million to child-related causes since its inception in 1986, the Arby’s Foundation has launched a bold new movement to educate, mobilize and empower Americans with the knowledge and resources needed to ensure food security for every single child. With more than 16.7 million U.S. children-more than 1 in 5-facing hunger daily, the Arby’s Foundation has devoted its resources to providing education and access to wholesome food choices for children across the country. The Arby’s Foundation is a registered 501 (c) (3) organization headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia. To learn more, visit www.arbysfoundation.org.
About Share Our Strength’s No Kid Hungry Campaign
No child should grow up hungry in America, but one in five children struggles with hunger. Share Our Strength’s No Kid Hungry® campaign is ending childhood hunger in America by ensuring all children get the healthy food they need, every day. The No Kid Hungry campaign connects kids in need to effective nutrition programs like school breakfast and summer meals and teaches low-income families to cook healthy, affordable meals through Cooking Matters. This work is accomplished through the No Kid Hungry network, made up of private citizens, public officials, nonprofits, business leaders and others providing innovative hunger solutions in their communities. Join us at NoKidHungry.org.