The , the charitable arm of , has announced grants totaling $2.7 million to address critical child health and hunger needs in the United States.
The grants include $1 million to in support of the organization's food-security initiatives. In addition, local Joy in Childhood Foundation chapters awarded $1.7 million in grants to nearly two hundred nonprofit organizations working in local communities, including Boston, Chicago, Miami, Philadelphia, and New York.
"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 Joy in Childhood Foundation co-chair Karen Raskopf. "We know that this time of year can be difficult for children and 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."