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East Franklin Restaurant Participates in “No Kid Hungry” Campaign

Ponderosa Steakhouse in East Franklin Township donated $1 for every child meal purchased in September to the Share Our Strength No Kid Hungry campaign again this year. (submitted graphic).

An East Franklin Township restaurant part of Franklin Village Mall gave back to local children in-need in September.

Ponderosa Steakhouse pledged during the middle of September to donate $1 for every child’s meal purchased at the restaurant this month to support Share Our Strength’s No Kid Hungry® campaign, which helps connect children across the country to the nutritious food they need, every day.

The Ponderosa Steakhouse restaurant is owned and operated by Homestyle Dining, based in Plano, Texas. The company also owns and operates the Bonanza Steakhouse restaurant chain and a new, “fresh casual” steakhouse restaurant concept called Bo’s Steak & Grill, which opened its first location in Lindale, Texas, in May.

All three restaurant brands are participating in the fundraising effort, with a commitment from Homestyle Dining to raise a total of $15,000.

This is the second year that Homestyle Dining and its franchisees have participated in No Kid Hungry, joining thousands of restaurants nationwide in the quest to eradicate hunger among America’s children.

“In this great country of ours, and here in Kittanning, it just not acceptable that one single child goes hungry,” said Tom Sacco, CEO, Homestyle Dining LLC. “On behalf of all the wonderful staff here at Ponderosa, I am honored to be able to contribute to this very worthwhile cause.”

The Ponderosa Steakhouse restaurant in Kittanning has been a local gathering spot for about 30 years


Share Our Strength’s No Kid Hungry campaign is ending childhood hunger in America by ensuring all children get the healthy food they need daily. According to the organization’s website, six restaurants within a 25-mile radius of Kittanning – including three Ponderosa Steakhouse’s – are taking part in the campaign

The No Kid Hungry campaign connects kids in need to effective nutrition programs like school breakfast and summer meals and teaches low-income families to cook healthy, affordable meals. This work is accomplished through the No Kid Hungry network, made up of private citizens, public officials, nonprofits, business leaders and others providing innovative hunger solutions in their communities.