Local Charities Receive $33,000 to Fight Childhood Hunger, Sickness

The charitable arm of Dunkin' Donuts and Baskin-Robbins recently donated $33,000 in grants to the Freestore Foodbank and Cincinnati Children's Medical Hospital Center.
The contribution is part of an effort by the Joy in Childhood Foundation, the charitable arm of Dunkin' Donuts and Baskin-Robbins, in which $2.7 million will be contributed to help bring joy to sick and hungry children across the U.S.
In 2017 alone, including this most recent grant, the Joy in Childhood Foundation has awarded over $5 million in grants to help bring joy to sick and hungry kids nationwide.
“The Joy in Childhood Foundation brings joy to kids year-round, but to have an opportunity to bring joy to kids facing hunger and health issues during the holiday season is very special to us,” said Karen Raskopf, Co-Chair, Joy in Childhood Foundation. “We know that this time of year can be difficult for children and their families and it’s also an especially busy time for the food banks and health organizations they rely on. Our new commitment will help ensure that children in our local communities who are facing hunger and health issues can experience the joy of the holidays – just like any other child – without having adult-like worries, such as where their next meal will come from.”
The $2.7 million in funding reinforces the Joy in Childhood Foundation’s commitment to bringing joy to sick and hungry kids nationwide. Earlier this year, the Joy in Childhood Foundation announced a three-year, $3 million commitment to Feeding America and Starlight Children’s Foundation.
“We are very grateful for the generous support we have received from the Joy in Childhood Foundation and are proud of the impact we’ve been able to make in the lives of children facing hunger,” said Nancy Curby, Senior Vice President of Corporate Partnerships and Operations, Feeding America. “The holiday season is a critical time for our network of food banks. The support we are receiving will help us provide programs that will bring joy to millions of children nationwide who face hunger and will help keep them healthy so they can reach their full potential.”
In the 2016 – 2017 school year, the Foundation helped provide more than 2.4 million pounds of food – the equivalent of more than 1.4 million meals – to children and families struggling with hunger in communities nationwide through grants made to the Feeding America network of member food banks. Feeding America and the Joy in Childhood Foundation have partnered together for over a decade to help fight hunger.
-Staff report
Photo: Rob Beil, DOO Gilligan Oil Dunkin' Division; Heidi Becker, Freestore Foodbank; Mike Reilly, franchisee, Dunkin' Donuts; Cuppy, the Dunkin' mascot; Natalie Gerano, corporate relations officer II, CCHMC; Kerri Finke, director of stewardship, donor relations and special events; Travis Sensabaugh, Gilligan Oil district manager for Dunkin' Donuts; Don Auer, operations manager, Dunkin' Brands (provided)