Bearing Witness

by Billy Shore

Good News for Kids at Year End

Friday, December 29, 2017


Yesterday New York Governor Andrew Cuomo announced that a comprehensive 5 point plan to end childhood hunger would be part of his 2018 State of the State package. The Governor’s “No Student Goes Hungry Program” includes requiring breakfast after the bell for schools in which 70% of the students qualify for free and reduced price meals.  The state will provide $7 million in capital funds for technical assistance and equipment needed to expand breakfast in 1400 schools.

Statewide advocacy wins like this are at the core of Share Our Strength’s No Kid Hungry campaign strategy. Theycontinue to reinforce that concrete, dramatic and measurable progress is possible, even in the context of a national political environment characterized by division and dysfunction.

Another leader whose accomplishments have been extraordinary is Virginia First Lady Dorothy McAuliffe. This recent Washington Post retrospective on her work includes her efforts on childhood hunger.

We look forward to being back in touch after the first of the year to report on year-end giving. Have a great holiday weekend and New Year.  Thanks as always for your support and friendship, and for all it makes possible.