Supporters Like You

Supporters of the No Kid Hungry campaign, like you, are a compassionate group committed to ending childhood hunger now and for years to come.

Meet Legacy Society Members: Patty and Jerry

Patty and Jerry

Patty Larson and Jerry Martin are one of those “meant to be” couples. Both share deep commitments to international development. Both love biking, travel and being outdoors. And both experienced the loss of a parent at a young age.

“We had parallel lives,” says Patty.

Jerry confronted hunger for the first time as a Peace Corps volunteer in Africa, and Patty’s first experiences were as a volunteer in Haiti.

“I came from a society where people went out to eat for entertainment, and here I was living in a place where people were eating just to hopefully stay alive,” Jerry says. “I have never really forgotten that.”

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Remembering Joan Baxt

Joan Baxt

The community lost a special friend last Fall. Joan Baxt of Hollywood, Florida passed away at the age of 84. Joan left a generous gift to Share Our Strength and the No Kid Hungry campaign in her will. And to continue Joan’s legacy of compassionate support, her family has established the “Mooma’s Meals” Fund for hungry children. Many thanks to Joan and her family for their thoughtful and generous support.

Dale Kern

Dale Kern

The late philanthropist Dale Kern supported many worthy causes from her home in Montecito. Special among them were those devoted to the health and welfare of children, especially those at risk. 

She understood that a healthy mind and a healthy body begin with a full stomach. It was for that reason she was so generous in her support of No Kid Hungry.

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Melissa Meder


Melissa Meder was a longtime Atlanta resident and supporter of No Kid Hungry. She was Vice President of Tax for several multinational conglomerates after having been a partner at Deloitte for several years. So she knew the tax benefits of estate planning, and the pitfalls if one fails to plan. Through her foresight, her estate benefited a number of charities mostly focused on military survivors and women causes, with some other local social services charities.  

We are grateful for Ms. Meder’s support of No Kid Hungry during her lifetime as well as the very generous gift she left in her will to combat childhood hunger for years to come.