Dine Out For No Kid Hungry unites the restaurant industry and millions of consumers to raise money to help end childhood hunger in America. Since launching in 2008, the event has raised more than $18 Million to get children in the U.S. healthy food. Hunger is a global issue and the U.S. is no different. 22% of American kids live in poverty and, consequently, 1 in 5, or 16 million children live in households that don’t have consistent access to adequate food. Several children are dependent upon their school’s food program for nutrients.

The National Agricultural Library (NAL) has sourced materials dating back to the 1990’s connecting food and learning for growing kids. Research has shown that better nutrition equals better grades and test scores. Dine Out’s site also states that children who regularly eat a healthy breakfast increase their standardized math scores by an average of 17.5%.

This September, diners can help end childhood hunger in America by dining out at any of the more than 7,500 restaurants participating from coast to coast. They aim to raise $10 Million to help provide healthy foods to children in need and teach their families how to create nutritious, affordable meals.