ATLANTA, Nov. 10, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Arby's® restaurants across the country raised more than $3.7 million to end childhood hunger in America, surpassing last year's record-breaking $3.4 million. From August 3 – September 20, participating Arby's restaurants teamed with guests to collect donations for the Arby's Foundation, in support of its mission to end childhood hunger in America in partnership with No Kid Hungry.
"Childhood hunger is a serious but solvable issue affecting more than 16 million kids in the U.S.," said Paul Brown, CEO, Arby's Restaurant Group, Inc. "Most Americans don't realize the prevalence or consequences of childhood hunger, which impacts academic achievement and overall health. I'm proud of Arby's commitment, from our guests, Arby's Restaurant Group, Inc. team members and Arby's franchisees, to achieve our goal of ending childhood hunger through our partnership with No Kid Hungry."
Twenty-two million children across the country rely on free or reduced lunches during the school year and six out of seven kids do not receive that meal during the summer. As a response, Arby's Foundation launched the School's Out, Food's In initiative, a summer meals program aimed to support children who struggle to find meals when school is out. Since the launch, the Foundation has been able to provide an additional 17 million meals to kids struggling with hunger during the summer months.
"Our vision is that all children will have access to the wholesome food choices they need to learn and grow," said Christopher Fuller, executive director of the Arby's Foundation. "The Arby's Foundation is committed to working together with Arby's Restaurant Group, Inc. team members, guests, Arby's franchisees and local community organizations towards a day where all children across our country have access to three wholesome meals a day, every day of the year."
The national fundraiser has generated more than $15 million since 2011. Through these funds and its partnership with No Kid Hungry, Arby's has helped connect children in need with more than 345 million additional meals across the country.
Arby's, founded in 1964, is the first nationally franchised sandwich restaurant brand, with more than 3,300 restaurants worldwide. The Arby's brand purpose is "Inspiring Smiles Through Delicious Experiences™." Arby's delivers on its purpose by celebrating the art of Meatcraft™ with a variety of high-quality proteins paired with crave-able sides, such as Curly Fries and Jamocha shakes. Arby's® restaurants are Fast Crafted™, a unique blend of quick-serve speed and value combined with the quality and made-for-you care of fast casual. Arby's Restaurant Group, Inc. is the franchisor of the Arby's brand and is headquartered in Atlanta, Ga. Visit Arbys.com for more information or socially connect with Arby's at: Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and Instagram.
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About the Arby's Foundation, Inc.
The Arby's Foundation, the charitable arm of Arby's, carries out a mission to end childhood hunger in America. Building on a philanthropic heritage that has contributed over $76 million to child-related causes since its inception in 1986, the Arby's Foundation is working to ensure every child in America has the meals they need to succeed, especially when school is out. With more than 16 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. To learn more, visit www.arbysfoundation.org.
SOURCE Arby's Foundation