One of the biggest perks of living in the Bay Area is getting to dine at so many amazing restaurants- from the ones that are all over national press to the mom and pop taco places that should be. Yet, one in five children in the United States live in households without consistent access to enough food. That’s where No Kid Hungry and Taste of the Nation come in.

“More than 13 million children in America don’t get the food they need every day. No Kid Hungry not only raises money to help feed those hungry kids, but also raises awareness on the issue of child hunger, elevating it to a national priority,” states James Quinn, Director of No Kid Hungry’s Taste of the Nation. “There is still a lot of work to be done to end child hunger, but our annual Taste of the Nation events only continue to grow, raise more money, and increase public awareness of this systemic issue.”

At Taste of the Nation events, top chefs from around the city come together for a culinary event where diners can taste bites of dishes from all around town- all to raise money for No Kid Hungry’s efforts. Money from ticket sales support efforts such as expanding breakfast in the Bay Area by working with schools to make the meal a part of the school day. Locally, less than half of kids who need school breakfast get one in the Bay Area, and no child should have to sit through class distracted because of hunger.

And there are Taste of the Nation events all over! See the full list here. If you’re local, we hope to see you March 23 for the 10th annual SF Taste of the Nation.

The VIP events kick off at 6pm, while general admission is from 6:30 until 9pm. Guests can help raise money to fight child hunger while enjoying the Bay Area’s best restaurants, breweries, wineries, and mixologists with host Chef Melissa Perello. 100% of proceeds support Share Our Strength’s national No Kid Hungry campaign to end childhood hunger in America. Beneficiaries include No Kid Hungry Bay Area, 18 Reasons, California Association of Food Banks, California Food Policy Advocates, and Children of Shelters, all of whom do powerful work in the Bay Area to bring nutritious food to locals in need.