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Dine Out - No Kid Hungry

How It Works
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Step1
Sign up to be a Dine Out participating restaurant. It only takes a few minutes, it's free, and there's no minimum commitment.
Step2
Customize a promotion that fits your needs, using our library of customizable promotional resources and our dedicated account managers.
Step3
Kick off your campaign! Support sales while creating awareness and community around a common cause: feeding hungry kids.

The Basics

Q What is Dine Out for No Kid Hungry?

Dine Out for No Kid Hungry is a guest-supported, fundraising campaign from No Kid Hungry. When your customers dine out with you, you can make a difference for the 1 in 6 kids who struggles with hunger. Through a customized, valuable promotion that you design with our support, you’ll be doing well while doing good for kids all across America. Join us and learn how you can stand out when you stand up for No Kid Hungry.

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Q What is No Kid Hungry?

No child should go hungry in America, but nearly 1 in 6 kids will face hunger this year. Using proven, practical solutions, No Kid Hungry is ending childhood hunger today by ensuring that kids start the day with a nutritious breakfast, get the meals they need in the summer, and families learn the skills they need to shop and cook on a budget. When we all work together, we can make sure kids get the healthy food they need. No Kid Hungry is a campaign of national anti-hunger organization Share Our Strength.

Q How many restaurants participate?

Since its launch in 2008, tens of thousands of restaurants around the country have joined Dine Out for No Kid Hungry to end childhood hunger in America. Dine Out for No Kid Hungry is embraced by the food service industry the charity to unite behind, proving that feeding people for a living is more than a profession – it’s a passion. Check out our participating restaurants and we look forward to seeing you on the list!

Participating Restaurants
Q Is there a minimum required to participate?

Participation is free. Yes, free. We know this is different from a lot of non-profit partnerships out there, and it’s part of what makes Dine Out for No Kid Hungry flexible to fit your brand and your goals. It’s also how we can unite the whole industry—we’ve removed the barrier to entry. Every restaurant can play a part in ending childhood hunger.

Q Where does the money go?

No Kid Hungry provides grants, expertise, research and other support for local groups feeding kids across the country, as well as advocacy for policies that help children and families. For a comprehensive picture of how No Kid Hungry feeds children and how your donations make it possible, check out our most recent annual report.

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Getting Started

Q How do I register my restaurant/s?

Start by filling out our interest form and we'll guide you through the process.

Fill Out Interest Form
Q What does participation look like?

Participation options are flexible and you can choose what works best for your brand’s needs. We do have some suggestions based on what we know works well:

  • Create a Bounce Back coupon – Customers donate $X and, in return, receive a coupon to redeem on their next visit, driving return traffic and redemptions that increase sales. Example: “Donate $2 and receive a coupon for a free dessert on your next visit."
  • Donate a Percentage of Sales – You may choose to donate a portion of sales from one day, one week, an entire month—whatever fits your brand. Example: "$1 from all Kids Meals sold will be donated to No Kid Hungry."
  • Special Menu Promotion – Choose a particular menu item and donate the sales from that item, helping push a new LTO or maximizing a popular best-seller. Example: "For every guacamole sold, $2 will be donated to No Kid Hungry."
Q Do I have to participate for a whole month? And does it have to be in September?

There is no requirement as to how long or when you run your promotion. However, September is Hunger Awareness Month, and so we do encourage restaurants to participate for the complete month of September. We also heavily promote Dine Out for No Kid Hungry in the media, on social, and on our website—directing consumers to participating restaurants—during September, so it has its advantages.

Q What is the marketing support behind September? – How will you promote my promotion?

Yes! Check out our online Resource Center. Once you have registered, you can use the tools located here (photos, press releases, point-of-purchase materials, consumer outreach communications, employee training templates, etc.) to make the most of your promotion. You will also find great local market content to highlight your work with No Kid Hungry in your home state.

Promotion Resources
Q Do you provide resources (like photos, videos, and messaging) we can use to design our promotion materials?

Yes! Check out our online Resource Center. Once you have registered, you can use the tools located here (photos, press releases, point-of-purchase materials, consumer outreach communications, employee training templates, etc.) to make the most of your promotion. You will also find great local market content to highlight your work with No Kid Hungry in your home state.

Promotion Resources

Running Your Promotion

Q How do I engage my team?

We offer guides for employee engagement in our Resource Center, and we can help you get creative. But we also have a few quick tips:

  • Inform them - Educate your team on the fact that 1 in 6 kids face hunger in America, and how No Kid Hungry is working to end childhood hunger, not just nationally, but also in your state. We have videos that speak to power of our work, and how the restaurant industry can make a difference.
  • Encourage friendly competition among locations - Harness the power of cheerful competition and incentives to reward top fundraisers on your team, among your locations, and in your leadership.
Promotion Resources
Q Can I see examples from other restaurants?

Absolutely - you can see them in our Cases for Success. The benefit of uniting an industry around this cause is that many partners are happy to share how they’ve created successful promotions to help end childhood hunger.

Cases for Success
Q How do I talk about No Kid Hungry’s local impact in my state?

No Kid Hungry works to end childhood hunger in all 50 states, and our national programmatic and advocacy work supports state-level work to connect more kids with the food they need. To learn more, see the Local Market Content section of our Resource Center and check out our State Impact Sheets that detail No Kid Hungry’s work in each state.

Promotion Resources
Q Where do I submit my funds once the promotion is over?

All donations are collected by the restaurant and submitted at the end of your promotion via a check made out to “Share Our Strength” (No Kid Hungry is a campaign of national anti-hunger organization Share Our Strength) and mailed to the P.O. Box below:

Dine Out for No Kid Hungry
P.O. Box 759242
Baltimore, Maryland 21275