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  • What is the Arby’s Foundation?

    The Arby’s Foundation is the charitable giving arm of Arby’s Restaurant Group, Inc., dedicated to ending childhood hunger. Since its inception in 1986, the nonprofit organization has contributed more than $76 million to child-related charities across the U.S. Leveraging resources on a national level and within communities, the Foundation is committed to educating, mobilizing and empowering communities to ultimately ensure that all children nationwide have the nutrition they need to learn, play, and live happy, active lives.

  • Why has the Arby’s Foundation made childhood hunger its singular mission?

    Childhood hunger is a largely invisible—yet eminently solvable—crisis impacting thousands of communities across the United States. Today, 16.7 million children (more than 1 in 5) live in food-insecure households and do not have access to the wholesome meals they need to live a healthy life. For many children (ages 0-18), the meal they receive at school may be their only meal of the day—and many go hungry when school is not in session or they are unable to attend.

  • Why are children going hungry in America?

    The problem is not that there is insufficient food in the U.S., but that many communities do not have proper access to that food—nor the ability to locate and use vital resources and information on how to obtain access. More than 20 million children receive a free or reduced-price school lunch on an average day, but 10.5 million children eligible for free or reduced-price school breakfast and 16.3 million children who qualify for summer meals do not receive them.

  • How does hunger affect children?

    Chronic hunger affects a child’s ability to learn, play and grow. Children without adequate nutrition get sick more often, are more likely to be hospitalized and are also more susceptible to obesity. Undernourished children do not learn as quickly or as much as healthy children, and they often have trouble concentrating and performing well at school. They are also more likely to face behavioral and emotional challenges.

  • How is the Arby’s Foundation taking action to end childhood hunger?

    Through advocacy, education, community grants and the investment of national and franchise resources, the Arby’s Foundation supports strategic initiatives whose goal it is to ensure that children have access to the food they need to live active, healthy lives.

    Each year, Arby’s restaurants nationwide participate in the National Restaurant Fundraiser, which in 2015 supported the Arby’s Foundation and its partnership with Share Our Strength’s No Kid Hungry campaign by raising a record-setting $3.7 million. Grants are awarded to highly vetted nonprofits, schools, churches and other community organizations that are involved in the fight against childhood hunger. The Arby’s Foundation recently launched the School’s Out, Food’s Local Program in cities across nine states to help close the summer meal gap by giving and distributing wholesome, fresh meals to children in need and inspiring others to join the fight to end childhood hunger in their own communities. In Arby’s home state of Georgia, the Foundation invested $3 million to execute a strategic plan aimed at ending childhood hunger across the state and developing a sustainable model that can be replicated nationwide. Through that investment, the state of Georgia saw an increase of one million additional summer meals. The Arby’s Foundation also invested an unprecedented $4 million investment in innovative strategies and programs with Share Our Strength to solve the problems children face over the vulnerable summer months.

  • How is the Arby’s Foundation financed?

    Funding comes from a variety of sources including the Arby’s Foundation Partner Program, which brings together suppliers and vendors dedicated to making a difference for hungry children at the community level. With each purchase of an Arby’s Kids Meals, a donation is made to the Arby’s Foundation; during August and September, Hunger Action Month, customers can make a $1 donation through the Arby’s National Restaurant Fundraising program. Arby’s is enormously proud of our franchisees, team members, partners and guests who individually and collectively help bring us one step closer to ending childhood hunger in America.

  • What are some ways that Arby’s employees can join the cause?

    Under the leadership of Paul Brown, CEO of Arby’s Restaurant Group, Inc. and Christopher Fuller, Executive Director of the Arby’s Foundation, Arby’s team members are actively encouraged to give back to their communities. Whether they are volunteering to raise awareness about childhood hunger and/or to distribute wholesome food, or lending a hand at local food banks, Arby’s team members are dedicated to making a real difference in the communities they serve. Mr. Fuller, who’s extensive experience in CSR and hunger relief, travels the country to engage with and inspire Arby’s franchisees, empowering them to tackle hunger head-on in their communities.

  • What can I do to ensure children in my community gain access to the food they need?

    Resources vary from community to community. There are many federally funded programs that stand ready to assist those in need. The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), formerly known as the Food Stamp Program, provides low-income Americans with a stipend to purchase food. For children who are eligible, there is also the National School Lunch Program, the National School Breakfast Program, and the Summer Meal programs, all of which are administered by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. For information on community-based organizations and additional resources on addressing hunger in your local community, you can call the National Hunger Hotline at 1-866-3HUNGRY (1-866-348-6479).

  • How can I help?

    There are many ways to join us in our mission to end childhood hunger in America. You can help raise funds by encouraging your employer to partner with Arby’s or sponsor one of our national events. You can watch for special fundraising initiatives to donate $1 at your local Arby’s restaurant, or organize a food drive for your local community food bank. You can also share information about childhood hunger with your friends, family and colleagues. Visit www.arbysfoundation.org to learn more about our partnerships and activities and stay involved by “Liking” us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/arbysfoundation, following us on Twitter at www.twitter.com/arbysfoundation, and following us on Instagram at @arbysfoundation. 


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, Georgia.

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Matt Frate
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mfrate@arbysfoundation.org
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