How Maryland’s No Kid Hungry Is Maximizing the Power of Data
Share Our Strength’s No Kid Hungry campaign is dedicated to ending childhood hunger, which affects 16 million kids in the United States. That’s one in five children nationwide. Writing in CNN, actor Jeff Bridges, who has been a national spokesperson for the campaign since 2008, describes the impact of childhood hunger in simple, stark terms: “Kids who come to school hungry get sick more frequently. They have more trouble concentrating on their schoolwork and struggle with their studies. This has a huge effect on their potential for success later in life, and that’s not good for our country.”
No Kid Hungry aims to solve the problem by making sure kids have access to food where they live, learn, and play. The Cooking Matters program provides low-income families with tools and education to help them cook healthy, nutritious meals on a budget. In schools, No Kid Hungry is expanding the number of students eating breakfast, and during the summer, when school is out of session, the nonprofit works to ensure that hungry kids still have access to food.
Maryland’s No Kids Hungry Campaign Uses Data to Make a Difference
Maryland’s No Kids Hungry Campaign is led by David Sloan. Having previously served the citizens of Maryland in the Governor’s Office and at state agencies, you can now find David in classrooms and at fundraisers such as Chefs Behind Bars, which challenged Maryland chefs to serve their best cocktails to support the nonprofit’s mission.
No Kid Hungry serves as co-chair of the Partnership to End Childhood Hunger in Maryland. Founded in 2008, the coalition is composed of nonprofits, agencies, advocacy groups, and private companies. Beyond building awareness and fundraising, Maryland leads with data.
Increased access to breakfast in schools is one of the Partnership’s key efforts. Data enables the Partnership to identify the biggest barriers that prevent children from eating breakfast, judge the effectiveness of breakfast programs, and more.
Under David’s leadership, the Partnership sets goals, uses data to target efforts, and tracks progress in the fight to end childhood hunger.
Meet David Sloan at Socrata Connect and don’t miss his session, No Kid Hungry: How Public Data Analysis Is Helping to End Child Hunger.