Deloitte Pro Bono Analysis Fuels Study on Ending Childhood Hunger
One step closer to ‘No Kid Hungry’
Share Our Strength, a non-profit organization working to increase the effectiveness of public food and nutrition programs, launched the No Kid Hungry campaign in 2010 to help address the issue of childhood hunger.
With limited resources, Share Our Strength needed a way to better understand its potential impact on families and effectively target new partners and participants for its programs.
How Deloitte helped
“There are occasions when the words ‘thank you’ don’t sound strong enough. I was so impressed with Deloitte’s work. The next-level data delivered will serve as a critical compass as we look ahead to our 2013 plans and beyond.”
- Share Our Strength President Tom Nelson
Through research and data analysis, a team of Deloitte Consulting LLP professionals developed a “social impact model” that Share Our Strength can use to engage new investors and program participants and show how its childhood nutrition programs can have a long-term effect on a child’s education, health and economic prosperity.
For example, the model studied the potential impact of Share our Strength’s target for increasing the number of low-income students who take advantage of school provided meals. Deloitte’s analytics demonstrated that by meeting its goals nationally, 3.2 million more students could achieve math proficiency per year, school absences could be cut by 4.8 million per year and an additional 800,000 students could graduate from high school.
Share Our Strength President Tom Nelson said, “There are occasions when the words ‘thank you’ don’t sound strong enough. I was so impressed with Deloitte’s work. The next-level data delivered will serve as a critical compass as we look ahead to our 2013 plans and beyond. With Deloitte’s help we are one step closer in our No Kid Hungry campaign to end childhood hunger in America.”
Deloitte analysis fueled a major new study
The research and analysis our Deloitte Consulting team provided also fueled a major new study that was released at an event for media, donors and stakeholders on February 27 in New York City. Along with Share Our Strength Founder and CEO Bill Shore, attending the event were Deloitte LLP CEO Joe Echevarria, United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Secretary Tom Vilsack and No Kid Hungry national spokesperson and academy award winning actor Jeff Bridges, who participated in a media roundtable and luncheon panel discussion.
Speaking personally about his own childhood experience growing up in the South Bronx where he benefited from a free school breakfast and lunch program, Echevarria expressed pride in the impact Deloitte’s pro bono program, which serves non-profits with the same dedication and skill as paying clients, is making on important issues and within the community. In a statement released at the time of the event, Echevarria said: “School breakfast does much more than provide essential nutrition. It also improves a student’s ability to focus and thrive in the classroom. Share Our Strength’s No Kid Hungry campaign helps children develop into our country’s future innovators and productive members of our workforce. Deloitte is passionate about advancing educational opportunities and proud to be a part of this important project.”
Other participants also spoke to the connection of childhood breakfast with school performance, college attendance and a stronger economy, and praised Deloitte’s contribution. USDA Secretary Vilsack noted that there is a great need to make sure the children of our country are fed well, and having the information provided by the study could help him in convincing Congress as well as empower advocates at the local level.
Also presented at the event by Share Our Strength was a “Breakfast changes lives” interactive map sponsored by Deloitte. The map uses innovative crowdsourced technology to build a new view of school breakfast programs across the nation.
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