SPARTANBURG, S.C. (Sept. 3, 2013) – Breakfast has long been touted as the most important meal of the day, but of the 21 million low-income students in the U.S. who rely on reduced-price school lunches, only 11 million eat a school breakfast. As America’s Diner, Denny’s (#DennysNKH) is committed to closing that gap and ensuring that children throughout the country have access to and are able to start the day off right with healthy, attainable meals. For the third straight year, Denny’s is teaming up with Share Our Strength’s No Kid Hungry® campaign, a national movement aimed at ending childhood hunger by connecting kids with healthy food where they live, learn and play.
Now through Oct. 31, more than 1,200 Denny’s nationwide will sell coupons in support of No Kid Hungry’s efforts to help the more than 16 million American children struggling with hunger. For a $3 donation that helps provide 30 meals for hungry children, guests will receive $9 worth of coupons redeemable at participating Denny’s restaurants.
“Share Our Strength’s September No Kid Hungry fundraising program for restaurants has quickly become one of the most important and influential annual anti-hunger campaigns in the country, and Denny’s is proud to be participating in the movement for the third year in a row,” said Denny’s Chief Executive Officer John Miller. “A healthy breakfast each morning has been positively linked to kids’ academic, health and economic futures. Denny’s remains committed to No Kid Hungry and in the organization’s efforts to increase school breakfast participation as part of its strategy to end childhood hunger nationwide.”
Share Our Strength’s No Kid Hungry fundraising program runs the full month of September. In order to increase its guests’ impact, Denny’s chose to extend its fundraising calendar through the full month of October.
“We are so grateful for Denny’s continued commitment,” said Sheila Bennett, director of restaurant partnerships for Share Our Strength. “Our recent studies revealed that kids who eat breakfast are more apt to attend class, get higher scores on standardized math tests, and as a result of those two improvements, are 20 percent more likely to graduate high school. It’s clearer now more than ever that ‘No Kid Hungry’ starts with breakfast. Pledging support at your local Denny’s can help us ensure that every child in the U.S. has access to that most important meal of the day.”
In addition to the in-store fundraising drive, Denny’s is partnering with America’s Egg Farmers to further its efforts in providing breakfast to hungry children. For every “Build Your Own Omelette” purchased Sept. 9 through Sept. 15, America’s Egg Farmers will donate one egg on behalf of Denny’s guests to a No Kid Hungry partner.
About Denny’s Corp.
Denny’s is one of America’s largest full-service family restaurant chains, currently operating more than 1,680 franchised, licensed and company-owned restaurants across the United States, Canada, Costa Rica, Mexico, Honduras, Guam, Puerto Rico and New Zealand. For further information on Denny’s, including news releases, please visit the Denny’s website at www.dennys.com.
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About Share Our Strength’s Dine Out For No Kid Hungry™
Share Our Strength’s Dine Out For No Kid Hungry™ is a national fundraising event that brings together thousands of restaurants and millions of consumers to help make sure no child in America grows up hungry. Every September, participating restaurants raise funds in a variety of ways to support the No Kid Hungry® campaign to end childhood hunger in America. Since summer 2011, the No Kid Hungry campaign has helped provide 34 million additional meals to kids in need. Visit DineOutForNoKidHungry.org.