Arby’s Kicks Off 2016 National Restaurant Fundraiser to Help End Childhood Hunger in America
ATLANTA, August 29, 2016 /3BL Media/ – Childhood hunger lives in communities large and small across the country, with no regard for geographic or demographic boundaries. In an effort to raise awareness to this issue and help end childhood hunger in America, Arby’s® restaurants are teaming up with their guests to make a difference. Starting today through Oct. 9, 2016, the Brand is hosting the 2016 Arby’s Foundation National Restaurant Fundraiser, where guests can make in-restaurant donations to support the Arby’s Foundation and its mission to end childhood hunger in partnership with No Kid Hungry.
A $1 donation can provide up to 10 nutritious meals for children in need. As a thank you for their donations, guests who make a donation of $1 or more also receive a coupon for a free slider on their next visit.
"1 in 5 children struggle with hunger in this country. That means that more than 16 million kids are lacking in one of the most basic of needs" explained Paul Brown, CEO, Arby’s Restaurant Group, Inc. "Unfortunately, this issue can often go unnoticed. That is why Arby's and the Arby's Foundation are doing everything we can this year to make sure that this issue gets attention and funding."
Since 2011, the fundraiser has generated more than $15 million, helping to further the impact Arby’s has made in ending childhood hunger. Nationally, in partnership with No Kid Hungry, these funds have helped connect kids struggling with hunger with more than 460 million additional meals.
The Arby’s Foundation is currently wrapping up School’s Out, Food’s In, a summer meals program aimed to support children who struggle to find meals when free or reduced school lunches are not available. The summer initiative includes a meal card program that has provided access to more than 1.6 million free lunches since May.
“The question of hunger is a dire yet solvable problem for millions of American children. We know that a solution to this issue can lead to better tests scores, fewer discipline problems, fewer health problems, and higher graduation rates,” said Christopher Fuller, executive director of the Arby’s Foundation. “For that reason, we’re excited to see the entire Arby’s system come together during this year’s National Restaurant Fundraiser and take one step closer to ending childhood hunger.”
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® restaurants feature Fast Crafted® service, 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 parent company of the franchisor of the Arby’s brand and is headquartered in Atlanta, Ga. Visit Arbys.com for more information.
With the current growth and momentum of the Brand, Arby’s is actively seeking new franchisees. To learn more about available markets and requirements, visit ArbysFranchising.com.
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 $71 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.