Our Mission

To nourish and transform the lives of children who face adversity.

The Foundation continues Paul Newman’s commitment to use all the money that it receives from the sale of Newman’s Own products to support children, their families, and their communities.


Childhood Hardship
in America

Millions of children face challenges like food insecurity, chronic health conditions, and poverty. Nearly 50% of children live through an adverse childhood experience—with estimates increasing due to the ongoing pandemic.


under age 18 have had at least one significant
adverse childhood experience1

1 in 6

live in poverty; 73% are
children of color2

13M U.S. Children

live in food-insecure

40% of School-aged Children

have at least one chronic
health condition4


Continuing the commitment
to “Give it all away”

Paul Newman was passionate about bringing joy to children. Our work today honors his commitment to improving children’s lives.

Joyful Experiences
for Children with
Serious Illnesses

Nutritious Food in Schools

Nutrition Education
and School Food

Nutrition Security for Indigenous Youth

Food Justice


Joyful Experiences for Children
with Serious Illnesses

SeriousFun Children’s Network empowers children with serious illnesses and their families to reimagine what is possible by creating inclusive camp and recreational experiences, inspiring confidence and joy, and building community and connection.

Mission-SeriousFun Kids camping

Nutrition Education and School Food

School meals have the potential to anchor a child’s nutrition, improving educational outcomes and the health and well-being of children across the US.

Through our partnerships, we support programming and advocacy, and seek policy changes to make nutrition education and healthier school meals available to all children regardless of their ability to pay.


Focus area background image -- girl eating lunch

Indigenous Food Justice

Indigenous people are creating solutions to nutrition insecurity  caused by centuries of the forced erasure and suppression of their traditions. Relying on their wisdom, we seek to aid in revitalizing and preserving their long-established approaches and supporting their innovative ideas.


Indegenous Youth


  1. https://www.nichq.org/insight/bringing-trauma-forefront-early-childhood-systems
  2. https://www.childrensdefense.org/policy/resources/soac-2020-child-poverty/
  3. https://www.feedingamerica.org/sites/default/files/research/map-the-meal-gap/2016/2016-map-the-meal-gap-child-food-insecurity.pdf
  4. National Survey of Children’s Health. NSCH 2018 19: Number of Current or Lifelong Health Conditions, Nationwide, Age in 3 Groups website. childhealthdata.org. Accessed February 24, 2021.
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