Who We Are

Vision — Michigan No Kid Hungry:

All children in Michigan will have sufficient and sustainable access to the nutritious meals they need to live, learn and play.

Powered By: State and Local Collective Impact Efforts

Collective Impact is the combined efforts of cross sector stakeholders working together to solve complex social issues. The model stresses shared goals, shared measurements, continuous communication, mutually reinforcing activities, and the leadership of a “backbone” organization. Share Our Strength’s model lends itself to collective impact in state-level collaboration.

Michigan No Kid Hungry (MNKH) takes this model a step further by building collaborations at the local level and providing an infrastructure to intentionally connect disparate efforts to improve the child nutrition system across Michigan.

Statewide Collective Impact:

The MNKH Executive Committee meets regularly to discuss vision for Michigan No Kid Hungry, set strategic priorities, and weigh in on local partnership development.

Community Based Coalitions:

MNKH builds partnerships in targeted areas of high need to power collective impact and encourage collaborations that bring stakeholders, program providers and advocates together under a unified vision.

Implemented Through: Local Partnerships

Though child nutrition programs are administered at the state level, kids eat in their communities and local partners run programs. Though many organizations are already doing great things, their efforts will not have the same impact as a coalition with shared vision and ownership of the local child nutrition system. In order to sustain changes and make big gains in providing continuous access to nutritious food, community organizations must begin to see themselves as working together with broader purpose.

MNKH is working to build collaborative efforts in what we call Community Clusters – clusters of communities anchored by a core city – where our partners are building collaborations that all work toward our MNKH goals.

Rooted In: Design Thinking Discipline

Design thinking is, at its core, a problem solving process which helps organizations address challenges creatively and places the needs of the customer at the heart of its solutions. MNKH emphasizes a design thinking discipline that puts children and their families at the center of our strategies. Design thinking forces us to intentionally move through a series of often non-linear steps: Observation, Insight, Prototype, and Solution – as we work towards sustainable changes. This discipline helps us understand how to move from research to action in communities, when to bring our prototypes and ideas to scale, and how to best define Michigan No Kid Hungry’s role as we set shared goals in our collective approach.

Michigan No Kid Hungry Core Partners

Michigan No Kid Hungry Regional Partners

  • Pivot LLC – Lansing and Ingham County
  • Kids’ Food Basket – Grand Rapids and Kent County
  • Groundwerx.CI – Detroit and Wayne, Oakland and Macomb Counties
  • Arellano and Associates – Flint and Genesee County

Michigan No Kid Hungry Statewide Executive Committee:

  • Arellano & Associates
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • Food Bank Council of Michigan
  • Forgotten Harvest
  • Gleaners Community Food Bank of Southeastern Michigan
  • Groundwerx.CI
  • Kids’ Food Basket
  • Michigan Association of United Ways
  • Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development
  • Michigan Department of Community Health
  • Michigan Department of Education
  • Michigan Fitness Foundation, Michigan Nutrition Network
  • Michigan Hunger Solutions
  • Michigan Parent Teacher Association
  • United Dairy Industry of Michigan