To end hunger and poverty in the United States and abroad by mobilizing industries and individuals and creating community wealth to promote lasting change.
In response to the Ethiopian famine and concerns about hunger in the United States, former congressional staffer Bill Shore started Share Our Strength (SOS) in 1984 in his basement by organizing several chefs to cook for fundraising events. Over nearly two decades, the group has developed creative fundraiser events and marketing endeavors that have generated more than $55 million for anti-hunger, anti-poverty organizations worldwide. Building upon the strength of SOS, Shore established Community Wealth Ventures, Inc. in 1997 to provide strategic counsel to corporations, foundations, and nonprofit organizations that are interested in raising money through profitable enterprise to promote social change.
SOS's premier program is Taste of the Nation, which brings together thousands of community leaders to organize culinary fundraising events in more than sixty-five cities in the United States and Canada. Events include cooking classes, tasting evenings, and auctions. Along similar lines, the Great American Bake Sale program encourages people to hold bake sales and donate the money to SOS for distribution to help feed children.
To help low-income parents make healthy, economical choices to feed their families, SOS's Operation Frontline program provides classes on cooking, nutrition, and budgeting in more than two hundred communities. The organization's Taste of the Game program sells tickets to one-day sports clinics offered by talented coaches who volunteer their time to fight childhood hunger. Other SOS programs include a gourmet dinner series, a literary reading series, and book sales.
Earlier this year, SOS and meat producer Tyson Foods, Inc. released the results of their survey on childhood hunger. The survey found that 68 percent of food banks and emergency food providers say half of their clients are children. The survey led to the development of programs such as the Great American Bake Sale.
The SOS Web site provides information about hunger and poverty in the U.S. and around the world, as well as descriptions of its national and local programs. A new section features biographies, interviews, and recipes of chefs who participate in SOS events. The Share Your Strength section explains how people can get involved by making donations, attending SOS events, and volunteering.
Taste of the Nation is presented by American Express and Jenn-Air, and Operation Frontline is sponsored by Tyson Foods, Inc. Other SOS contributors include SYSCO Corporation, EVIAN Natural Spring Water, and illy caff�.