Childhood Hunger in Ohio

Approximately 529,000 children across Ohio live in food-insecure households.
That means 1 in 5 children are unsure of where their next meal is coming from.

Our Mission

Our mission is to ensure that children
without access receive healthy food,
nutrition education and physical activity.

How Children’s Hunger Alliance Helps

Founded in 1970, Children’s Hunger Alliance is a statewide nonprofit organization dedicated to ending childhood hunger.

We partner with organizations throughout Ohio to provide nutritious meals to at-risk children who need them most. We help day care providers, day care centers, local school districts and afterschool and summer programs provide balanced, healthy meals to children in their care. Our team of educators also deliver nutrition education and lead children in physical activities to provide a balanced approach to childhood health.

Children’s Hunger Alliance has a team of 50 professionals throughout the state who are passionate about ending childhood hunger in Ohio’s 88 counties. Our home office is in Columbus, Ohio with regional offices in Cincinnati, Cleveland and Toledo.

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    In 2017 we helped provide 7 million nutritious meals and snacks to hungry children throughout the state of Ohio.

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    We partner with 900 in-home child care providers and 25 daycare centers to ensure they offer nutritious meals to infants, toddlers and preschoolers.

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    Education is key to ensuring kids and their caregivers understand the importance of nutrition and how it fuels overall health. Last year we led over 2.200 children through a 10-week nutrition and physical education.

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    We advocate for school breakfasts and provide financial grants to school districts to help students start their day with a healthy meal.

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    We partner with 265 afterschool programs to provide healthy meals and snacks to children at the end of their school day. We also lead students in nutrition and physical education.

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    Only 10% of children who receive free or reduced school lunches access summer meal programs. We advocate to increase awareness so children can attend summer enrichment programs and still receive nutritious meals.


Our Leadership

Judy Mobley
President and Chief Executive Officer

Board of Directors

Susan Gueli (Chair)

Brooke Wagner (Past Chair)
SVP MPA & Operations

Jennifer Allen (Vice Chair)
Crowe Horwath LLP

Steve Bennett (Treasurer)
Market President Central Ohio
US Bank

Troy Kemelgor (Secretary)
Managing Partner
Northwestern Mutual

Diane Bean (At-Large)
Senior Manager

Ellen Berndt (Advisory Director)
Community Member

Kyle Brandon
Business Development Manager
Clark Schaefer Hackett

Jeff Burt

Corey Case
Vice President, Customer Engagement
Cardinal Health

Lisa Dodge
Vice President
Sean P. Dunn & Associates

Ryan Hecht

Brett Kim
VP Operations South Region

Meliss Klorer
Mercy Health

John Kompa
VP Investor Relations and Public Affairs

Mark Lombardozzi
SVP, Human Resources
The Huntington National Bank

Jeff Markowski
Division Manager

Judith Matsko
Community Member

Bob McCann
Manager of IT Support Services
Crane Group

Melissa McHenry (At -Large)
Director, External Communications
American Electric Power

Aaron Ockerman
Ockerman Consulting

Hansel Rhee (At-Large)
Ice Miller LLP

Anita Sipes
Manager, Corporate Affairs Department
Honda of America Mfg., Inc.

Nikki Scarpitti
Director of Strategic Initiatives
Columbus Metropolitan Library

Laurie Starner
Director Corporate Internal Communications
Nationwide Children’s Hospital

Dan Williamson
Senior Vice President
Paul Werth Associates

Nikki Scarpitti (Chair)
Columbus Metropolitan Library

Megan Blake-Weinman
BMO Harris Bank

Lauren Brown
Vorys, Sater, Seymour & Pease LLP

Priyam Chokshi

William Creedon
Scott, Scriven & Wahoff LLP

Reginald Fields
Ohio State Medical Association

Jennifer Jarrell

Rand McClellan
Baker Hostetler

Theresa Potter
Community Member

Kent Rademaker
Human Heart Marketing

Steven Rigdon

Ryan Singer
Crow LLP

Mike Walter
United Healthcare

Meliss Klorer (Chair)
Mercy Health

Justin Burris
First Federal Bank of the Midwest

Marty Connors
USI Insurance Svcs.

Wes Evans

Kristi Hill
Dana Incorporated

Elizabeth Gorski
B.G. Blooms

Bailey Koester

Dave Kontour
Lucas County Family & Children First Council

Dr. Mary Murray
Bowling Green State University

Jennifer Pizio
University of Toledo

Michael Whalen
Community Member

Brett Kim (Chair)

Adam Bennett
Porter Wright Morris & Arthur LLP

Carolyn Mendel
General Mills, Inc. (Wellston)

Shelly Mulkern
Bellisio Foods

Katie Schacht
Ohio University

John Wharff III
Jawco, Inc.

 Jeff Markowski (Chair)

Christine Arvay
Cleveland Jr. League

Lora Brand
Falls Communication

Shari Caruso
Celebrations by Shari

Catherine Hanlin
Community Member

Jeff Jackson
Applied Industrial Technologies

Christina Niro
Frantz Ward

Jill McFarland
The Sherwin-Williams Company

Machele Merriweather
Community Member

Stephanie Morman

Gina Petredis
Cleveland Clinic

Brent Ryan

Beth Weber

Diane Yates
Community Member

Kyle Brandon (Chair)
Clark Schaefer Hackett

Mark Brownstein
Duke Energy

Kevin Crapsey

Travis Green
AdvancePierre Foods

Jim Hunter

Caitlin Krebs
PNC Bank

Daniel Schilens
Mint Energy

Robert Stallman
Miami Valley Lighting

Nicole Walker

Our Supporters

We are very grateful for the generosity of the individuals, groups, businesses, foundations and friends that partner with us in the fight against childhood hunger. Their continued support truly makes a difference in the lives of hundreds of thousands of children throughout Ohio each year. The gifts and grants reported here reflect contributions received between October 1, 2016 and September 30, 2017.










Alliance Data Systems, Inc.
The Andrew Jergens Foundation
Battelle Memorial Institute
Cardinal Health Foundation
Children’s Practicing Pediatricians
Columbia Gas of Ohio
Columbus Business First*
The Community Foundation of the Mahoning Valley
General Mills Foundation
Hexion Inc.
IBM Employee Giving
Ice Miller LLP
Indu and Vijay Gopal
Ingram-White Castle Foundation
MAZON: A Jewish Response to Hunger
Harry C. Moores Foundation
Nationwide Mutual Insurance Company
William Swanston Charitable Fund
UnitedHealthcare Services Inc. of Ohio
United Parcel Service of America, Inc.
United Way of Greater Cleveland
US Bank – West Broad
The Robert Weiler Company
The Western Reserve Health Foundation
John C. Williams Charitable Trust
Michelle R. Yeager-Thornton

*Indicates a portion of in-kind support

2017 Giving Society
Jennifer J. Allen
Shawn Anderson
Anil Arya
Mark Baer
Carrie Barclay
Lori Barreras and Alex Fischer
Diane Bean
Brenda and Stephen Bennett
Ellen Berndt
Andrea Biada
Georgia A. Bishop
Chris Bouzounis
Kyle T. Brandon
Joelle and Jeffrey Brock
Lisa Brooks
Randolph Brubaker
Matthew Cavanaugh
Irina Ceaparu
Carrie Crockett
Vana D’Aurora
Kenton R. Davis
Melissa Davis
Jami Dewolf
Raquel P. Dowdy-Cornute
Alex Fischer
Renee Flack
David O. Frantz
Shannon Gerasimchik*
Megan and John Gilligan
Vijay Gopal
Travis Green
Susan Gueli and John Fenzl
Bade Vasfiye Guney
Catherine Hanlin
Pam Heminger
Laurie and Al Hill
Thomas Hill
Carl Hott
Barrie and Robert Howell
Donna and Larry James
Kathryn Jeffrey
Peggy Kelley
Leslie and Troy Kemelgor
Erica and Brett Kim
Devray Kirkland
Margaret Klorer
Meliss Klorer
George F. Knight
George Kontogiannis
Melodee S. Kornacker
Benjamin Kramer
Brian M. Lee
Lisa N. Levine
Helen Liebman and Tom Battenberg
Mark Lombardozzi
Jeffrey Markowski
David M. Masterson
Judith E. Matsko
William H. Matthews
Robert McCann
Melissa A. McHenry
Machele Merriweather
Bernadette A. Minton
Brian G. Mittendorf
Judith and Randy Mobley
Stephanie Morman
Steve Morris
Robert Murray
Rachel and Stephen Mushrush
Randy Nelson and Anne Nelson
Colleen and Timothy O’Dell
Theresa Olson and Mark Owens
Karen L. Payne
Becky Phillips
Thaliyil V. Rajanbabu
Anne Powell Riley
Jack E. Reall
Robert Robbins
Joseph Ruble
Gary Sabel
Gregory G. Samijlenko
Jenniffer and Daniel Schilens
Andrea and Tom Seipelt
Charles Seipelt
Pamela A. Severance
Hewitt Shaw
Thomas J. Sheridan
Julie A. Sherwood
Julie and Christopher Slagle
Vicki and Robert Stallman
Ty Stickdorn
Sheri Tackett
Katie and Luke Ubelhor
Steven Ubelhor
Nicole Vangeloff
Lisa M. Vidacs
Brooke E. Wagner
Eric J. Walker
Diana Westhoff and Robert Kiger
Alan W. Whitlow
Diane and Robert Yates
Brian Yeager
Michelle Yeager-Thornton



Join Our Team

Children's Hunger Alliance is looking for dedicated people who want to make an impact on the lives of Ohio's kids.

Open Positions