What is your organization’s mission statement?
Children’s Hunger Alliance aims to ensure all children are fed regular and nutritious meals and develop lifelong healthy eating habits.
What population do you serve?
Children’s Hunger Alliance serves hungry children in Ohio. More than 25% of Ohio households with children reported not being able to afford enough food at least one time in the past year. Children’s Hunger Alliance exists to ensure those children are properly fed.
How many do you serve in a year?
Children’s Hunger Alliance helps feed the hungry minds and bodies of hundreds of thousands of children every year.
What region or area do you provide services in?
Children’s Hunger Alliance provides services throughout Ohio. Children’s Hunger Alliance directly feeds children, increases access to nutritious food, and educates children about healthy food choices and physical activity. The organization has programs and services that touch communities in every county in Ohio.
How and when did the organization get started?
Children’s Hunger Alliance was founded in 1970. The organization started with one volunteer, a $2,000 grant, and office equipment that was donated by the YMCA.
Today, Children’s Hunger Alliance has regional offices in Cincinnati, Cleveland, Dayton, Akron, and Toledo and is headquartered in Columbus. Its programs and services touch communities in all counties in Ohio.
How many employees do you have?
Children’s Hunger Alliance has more than 50 staff and board members
How many volunteers does your organization have? (click the “Service Projects” tab to learn more about volunteer opportunities)
In 2014, Children’s Hunger Alliance had more than 100 corporations, organizations, universities, and school districts provide more than 1,000 volunteers. This amounted to more than 15,000 hours of service to children participating in Children’s Hunger Alliance programs.
How do your programs or services help the community?
Children’s Hunger Alliance directly feeds children, increases access to nutritious food, and educates children about healthy food choices and physical activity. More than 25% of Ohio households with children reported not being able to afford enough food at least one time in the past year. Children who are not properly nourished (who do not get enough food or the right kinds of food) are more likely to miss school and more likely to do poorly on tests. Children’s Hunger Alliance helps keep kids in Ohio fed so they are healthy and able to succeed in school.
Afterschool Nutrition Program: provides meals to children after the typical school hours. During programs that take place in schools, libraries, churches, recreation centers, and youth organizations, Children’s Hunger Alliance helps provide nutritious meals where they would not otherwise exist because of lack of resources. This program helps children who normally can only depend on receiving meals during school.
Healthy Kids, Healthy Schools: educates children on healthy choices. Children’s Hunger Alliance, along with American Dairy Association Mideast and Ohio Action for Healthy Kids, created this is a five-year anti-obesity initiative that targets middle school students. This program aims to empower children to eat healthy and be active.
Name: Megan Michaelis
Title: Community Outreach Coordinator
Organization: Childrens Hunger Alliance
Work: (614) 643-8030
370 South Fifth Street
Columbus, Ohio 43215