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1 in 5 Kids in Ohio are Food Insecure

Childhood Hunger in Ohio

Over 400,000 children across Ohio live in food-insecure households. That means 1 in 5 children are unsure of where their next meal is coming from. This is the lowest number in decades due to many special programs available during the pandemic. 

Our Mission

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

 

How Children's Hunger Alliance can help

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

We collaborate with organizations throughout Ohio to provide nutritious meals to at-risk children who need them most. CHA partners with in-home childcare providers, childcare centers, afterschool and summer programs to provide balanced, healthy meals to children in their care. Additionally, we work with schools to increase breakfast participation and provide weekend meals to students. 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.

Our Programs

  • IN-HOME CHILDCARE PROVIDERS

    We partner with more than 500 In-Home Childcare providers to ensure they offer nutritious meals to children in their care.

  • CHILDCARE CENTERS

    We partner with approximately 65 Childcare Centers to provide healthy meals to the children in their centers.

  • TEACHING HEALTHY HABITS

    Education is key to ensuring kids and their caregivers understand the importance of nutrition and how it fuels overall health. We provide nutrition education in childcare centers, afterschool programs, and at summer sites.

  • SCHOOL BREAKFAST

    We work with schools to increase school breakfast participation and in some situations, we provide financial grants to ensure students start the day with a healthy meal.

  • AFTERSCHOOL MEALS

    We partner with approximately 250 afterschool programs to provide healthy meals and snacks to children at the end of their school day.

  • SUMMER MEALS

    We sponsor approximately 150 summer sites to help fill the meal gap many children face during the summer. Only 10% of children who receive free or reduced meals during the school year have access to a summer meal program, much works needs to be done to provide children with the food they need during the summer.

Our Leadership

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Judy Mobley
President and Chief Executive Officer

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Jodi Beekman
Senior Vice President, Finance & Operations

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Shannon Amos
Vice President, Programs

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Joy Kouns-Lewis
Vice President,
Human Resources & Risk

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Cindi Marshall
Vice President, Development

Governing Board of Directors

John Kompa (Chair)
Vice President, Inv. Relations & Public Affairs
Hexion

Melissa McHenry (Past Chair)
Senior Vice President, Communications and Marketing
AEP

Aaron Ockerman (Vice Chair)
President
Ockerman Consulting

Ryan Hecht (Treasurer)
Assurance Partner
BDO USA, LLP

Nikki Scarpitti (Secretary)
Executive Director
The Walter Foundation

Ellen Berndt (Advisory Member)
Community Member – Retired from Hexion

Masa Abdelhadi
Partner
EY

Sathu Alagappan
DEI Leader
Safelite AutoGlass

*Kelli Berner
Chief People Officer
The Champion Companies

Heather Brockler
Vice President, People and Culture
Cleveland Cavaliers

Jeff Burt
Owner/CEO
Eclipse Creative Inc

Sheldon Clarke
Vice President of Engineering, Head of Claims & Benefits Platforms
Northwestern Mutual

Frank Combs
Executive Director, CPP
PPAC at Nationwide Children’s Hospital

Lisa Dodge
Vice President
Sean P. Dunn & Associates

Steve Forry
Corporate Counsel
BMW Financial Services

Abigail Goolsby
Director of Operations
UPS

* Executive Committee Member 

Jennifer Jarrell
Deputy Chief Communications Officer
Ohio Department of Commerce

Jon Jasper
Market President
Fischer Homes

Skyler Kalady
Pediatrician
Nationwide Children’s Hospital

Meliss Klorer
MRC Health Educator
Mercy Health

Brenda Lemon
Library Media Specialist
Logan-Hocking School District

Nicole Loar
Vice President
U.S. Bank

Dr. Robert Murray
Professor
The Ohio State University

Theresa Olson
M&A Integration Program Manager
JPMorgan Chase & Co.

Brett Radulovich
Vice President, Strategy & Risk Operations
NiSource

Shyam Rajadhyaksha
Managing Principal
Xcellium Advisors

*Steve Rigdon
Managing Director
KPMG US

John Singleton
Partner
Government Advantage Group, LLP

Gary Sorrell
Senior Vice President, Human Resources
Nationwide Insurance Company

*Laurie Starner
Sr. Communications Strategist Lead
JPMorgan Chase & Co.

Ryen Stewart
Commercial Relationship Manager – Franchise Banking
Huntington National Bank

*Dan Williamson
Senior Vice President
Paul Werth Associates

Regional Advisory Boards

Tracy James
Grange Insurance

Stephanie Johnson
Battelle

Brett Radulovich
NiSource/Columbia Gas

Jason Roche
Bob Evans

Mike Walter
United Healthcare

Ann Whisler
DSW

Meliss Klorer (Chair)
Mercy Health

Julie Dolan
SSOE

Bailey Koester
Renhill

Dave Kontur
Lucas County Family & Children First Council

Dr. Mary Murray
Bowling Green State University

Amy Ricker
Lima Pallet

Tyler Smith
Mercy Health

Christine Arvay
Junior League of Cleveland

Nora Cook
Benesch Law

Jill McFarland
The Sherwin-Williams Company

Sister Barbara Davis
Sister’s of Charity Cincinnati

Steve Denny
Winton Woods City Schools

Sister Karen Elliott
CPPS Heritage Mission Fund & Mount St. Joseph University

Brenda Lemon
Teacher’s Union

Paula Nyika-Makone
Humana

Cathy Ponitz
Community Volunteer

Donors

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. Together, we’re making a difference in the lives of the food-insecure children throughout Ohio. The gifts and grants reported here reflect funding received between October 1, 2021 and September 30, 2022.

100,000+

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Ronald And Paula Raymond Charitable Foundation

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Champion Companies(1)

Elaine & Henry Fischer

50,000+

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25,000+

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Herbalife-Nutrition-Foundation
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The-Reinberger-Foundation
Yeager-Thornton Family Foundation

10,000+

Amazon
Ball Corporation – Dayton
Aerospace Division
Battelle
Big Lots
Charles D. Berry
Cincinnati Bengals / The NFL Foundation
Crane Group
Franklin County Economic Development
and Planning Department
Greif, Inc.

Harry C. Moores Foundation
Hexion Inc.
Ingram-White Castle Foundation
Kettering Family Foundation
Nordson Corporation Foundation
Ohio Mutual Insurance Group
Owens-Illinois
Peoples Bank
PPG Coating Services-MetoKote
Roach Family Foundation

SC Ministry Foundation
Scripps Howard Foundation
Thatcher Family Fund
The Greer Foundation
The Robert Weiler Company
United Way of Central Ohio
UPS Foundation
Westerville Sunrise Rotary Foundation
Wohlgemuth Herschede Foundation
Xhibition

5,000+

Jennifer J. Allen
Buckeye Health Plan
Burton E. Stevenson Fund
Cardinal Health Foundation
Champion Foodservice, LLC.
Children’s Practicing Pediatricians
Christie and Steven Prue
Cleveland Browns Foundation
Community Health Foundation
Crown Battery
DLZ
Elsa Heisel Sule Foundation
Encova Insurance

Fifth Third Bank
Gartner
Ice Miller LLP
KPMG LLP
Lightwell
Mathile Family Foundation
Metro Health System
Northwestern Mutual
Ohio Education Association
Paramount Advantage Medicaid
ProMedica
Anne Powell Riley
Janet and Gary Sorrell

Springfield Foundation
T. Marzetti Company
Target Corporation
The Fortney Foundation
The Ohio State University
The PNC Financial Services Group, Inc.
The Wendy’s Company
TSG Advice Partners
UnitedHealthcare
US Bank
White Castle Management Co.
Worthington Industries, Inc.

Financials

FISCAL YEAR 2021

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Careers

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.

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