Hunger affects a large population in America. National Geographic reported as many as one in six people in America have reported running out of food in the last year. Recently, the U.S. government replaced the term “hunger” with “food insecure” and not only did the terminology change, but so did those affected by the issue. Not only are those who live in poverty worrying about where their next meal may come from, but it also affects those who appear to be middle class. Bob Aiken, chief executive officer of Feeding America told USA Today that “hunger exists in literally every county in America. It’s an urban problem, it’s a suburban problem, and it’s a rural problem.”

Each year, nonprofit organization Share Our Strength shines light on the childhood hunger crisis in America through the No Kid Hungry campaign, connecting kids with healthy food through programs like breakfast in the schools and summer meals, and providing innovative nutrition programs to the communities most in need. Founded in 1984 by Bill and Debbie Shore, the organization believes in fighting the hunger crisis by bringing together volunteers’ strengths to deliver sustainable solutions to make No Kid Hungry a reality in America.

This fall, restaurants across the country can pledge their support for this cause by participating in Dine Out For No Kid Hungry. By participating, restaurants can get involved through a number of unique promotions like special menus, limited-time offers, item-specific promotions and donations at the register. As a national fundraising effort, consumers are encouraged to dine out at participating restaurants during the month of September to raise funds for the cause. Visit www.dineoutfornokidhungry.org/maps to see a list of participating businesses.

Participating restaurants receive a number of resources including a pin-up donor card, press release template, ready-to-print promotional materials, custom Ad-a-Glance® inserts for Xpressnap napkin dispensers, and electronic assets for their websites, to name a few. To encourage restaurants to get involved, Tork has launched a sweepstakes with prizes including a trip for two to attend the New York City Wine and Food Festival, Forbes Wine Club Wine Tasting Kits, four month subscriptions to Pastoral’s Cheese of the Month program and gift cards to participating Dine Out for No Kid Hungry restaurants. For each entry in the contest, which runs now through September 30, Tork will donate $1 to Share Our Strength that will connect a child in need to ten meals.

Restaurants can learn more about Dine Out For No Kid Hungry at www.dineoutfornokidhungry.org and pledge their support for this year’s campaign. To learn more about the New York City Wine and Food Festival and eligibility for the sweepstakes, restaurant owners and managers can visit www.torkusa.com/dineout.