About the Founder
A Woman On A Mission
Janiqua Whittington is a mother of 2, born in South Central Los Angeles raised by her grandmother and the system. She was a ward of the courts of Los Angeles. Her mother was a drug addict, her biological father was unknown and the father that raised her was in and out of prison.
Janiqua grew up in underprivileged communities and attended underserved schools, but her grandmother always provided her with the best. Janiqua graduated high school, went to college, earned a Bachelor of Science in Accounting, went to medical assistant school, worked in business, management, and the medical field. Janiqua turned her disadvantages into advantages.
Janiqua moved to Las Vegas in March of 2007 and has lived in Las Vegas for the past 14 years, and she and her family have called Vegas home. On May 10, 2020, Janiqua and her daughter fed 25 families on Twain and Cambridge at the 7-eleven gas station, they gave uncooked Mother’s Day meals. Janiqua’s children attended Title 1 schools in their communities growing up, both have graduated from Del Sol High School, so giving back in her own community was where it started.
Janiqua prayed and ask God how she could be more of service, she woke up with a plan, wrote it, researched it, and birthed “No Children Left Hungry INC.” Janiqua started feeding 75-150 children at Dean Peterson Elementary school, Rancho High, and Victory Village every other Friday, handing out food sacks to the children and families in line and those coming to the school for their meal pickup.
Janiqua’s meal services were a second meal program for the children and families in the communities. Janiqua was fortunate during the pandemic, so she just wanted to pass her blessing forward. In September 2020, when school was returning, and she didn’t want to interfere or stop helping the children and families, so she prayed and took the services on the go.
Since her first on-the-go pantry deliveries, she has partnered up with Culinary Academy who has been helping her make this journey a success. NCLH Inc has its own food pantry as well and they too supply food to the children and families.
They have clothing, shoes, and hygiene products that they supply as well. Each family receives food from both pantries twice a month, we serve 25-30 families on average per month. In December NCLH celebrated its first annual Christmas Angel Tree toy drive.
We were able to help all the children and families that we served and feed all year long with toys and food for Christmas. Janiqua wanted to let families know we were in this together. She also wanted to let the children like her know, “if we can dream it, we can make it, we have to work hard, be determined, be fierce and let our disadvantages become our advantages.
We can do anything we put our minds to. Knowledge is power. Our current life due not determine our future”. The children of today are our future for tomorrow. NCLH wants to be the bridge of support in closing the gap between the communities, the schools, the parents, and the children.
Mission - Vision - Purpose
Our mission starts first with the belly. We must first feed the bellies, then feed the minds for success to bridge the gap in the communities between the schools, the children, and parents in hopes to meet their needs
No Children Left Hungry stands on the principles of feeding the belly, then the mind for success. We will serve the communities to give hope, support, second chances, and resources to underprivileged children and their families. We will work together as one towards improving the lives of others. It takes a village to raise a child. No Children Left Hungry wants to be that place of hope and second chances.
Our purpose is to help the children and families in underprivileged communities and underprivileged schools in finding opportunities that can enrich and change their lives. Our fight first, starts with the belly. We have to feed the belly, then feed the mind for success.
Our on-the-go food pantry delivers all across Nevada serving the underprivileged communities. We believe “the children are our future”. Our investment starts first with the children. We offer free clothing, shoes, and hygiene products to all children to help build self-esteem and personal care.
No Children Left Hungry wants to offer middle school children a safe haven for after school care for working parents. This allows parents peace of mind knowing their pre-teens are in a safe environment, has homework assistance, tutoring if needed, hot lunch, supervision, and activities such as; basketball, arcades, ping pong, tetherball, and more.
We believe middle school-aged children are the window for success or failure. This is the time we must focus. We will work together with the schools and parents to find what resources are needed to help aid in the betterment of the child. A child’s home life can also affect their school life.
No Children Left Hungry bridges the gap, giving support, hope, and resources, for the children that is vital to their success. Our house of Angel's closet provides clothing, shoes, and other hygienic necessities including hair care for boys and girls from K-12.
We believe if the house dynamics improve, the child can improve. They can now focus on their goals. The child’s success is our success and their failures are our failures. We want all children no matter where they come from to have a chance at success. If you can dream it, you can achieve it. We are here to support the children. Our annual Angel Christmas tree toy drive is one of our special events. We take pride in giving back to our communities. Ordinary people trying to make a difference in ordinary people's lives.