Funding is part of $2 million in grants given nationwide in support of programs that serve children battling hunger or illness

SYRACUSE, NEW YORK; – The Joy in Childhood Foundation, an independent organization powered by Dunkin’ and Baskin-Robbins, is celebrating #GivingTuesday in a big way. Today, the Foundation announced it has awarded a total of $2 million in funding to 150 organizations nationwide, including  $5,000 to Food Bank of Central New York in Syracuse, NY as part of an effort to bring the simple joys of childhood to kids battling hunger or illness.

When children face health and hunger issues, it robs them of the simple joys of childhood. The Joy in Childhood Foundation’s mission is to help kids feel like kids, even on their most difficult days. The grants given in honor of #GivingTuesday align with this mission and have a history of making a lasting impact on kids’ lives.

“We’re excited to celebrate Giving Tuesday with nonprofit organizations in communities like Syracuse that share our commitment to bring joy to children who are battling hunger or illness,” said Karen Raskopf, Co-Chair of the Joy in Childhood Foundation. “We know how critical the services provided by this organization are to kids in Central New York, which is why we’re so proud to support their work.”

To date, the Joy in Childhood Foundation has awarded over $62,000 to Food Bank of Central New York to help address child hunger in Central New York.

Additionally, beginning today through December 24th, guests who purchase a Dunkin’ gift card online will also have the opportunity to support kids battling hunger or illness when they make a donation to the Joy in Childhood Foundation through a donate button at checkout. All donations will support the Joy in Childhood Foundation’s efforts to bring joy to children and their families.

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About the Joy in Childhood Foundation 
The Joy in Childhood Foundation is a 501(c)3 not-for-profit organization, powered by Dunkin’ and Baskin-Robbins. The Foundation’s goal is to provide the simple joys of childhood to kids battling hunger or illness. The Foundation brings together a wide range of stakeholders — including franchisees, crew members, employees, partners and guests — and partners with food banks, children’s hospitals, and nonprofit organizations directly committed to serving kids to fund joyful environments and joyful experiences for kids when they need it most. Since launching in 2006, the Joy in Childhood Foundation has granted more than $16 million to hundreds of national and local charities across the country. For more information, please visit

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