MANALAPAN, N.J., April 3, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — The Little Kernel, a healthy line of «miniature» popcorn snacks, is proud to announce a donation of $2500 to Generation Rescue, the leading national organization that provides hope, information and treatment assistance to families affected by autism spectrum disorders, in honor of April as Autism Awareness Month. Further, The Little Kernel is additionally launching an ongoing charitable program wherein 25 cents per case of popcorn sold will be donated to Generation Rescue throughout 2017.

Co-Founded by Chris Laurita, husband of Real Housewives of New Jersey star Jacqueline Laurita, The Little Kernel was inspired by their experience with their autistic son, Nicholas. Determined to provide a better-for-you snack that fits specialty diet requirements typical for those with autism, Laurita set out to develop a «miniature» popcorn line with only non-GMO, gluten-free, and dairy-free ingredients.

As a result, Laurita launched The Little Kernel in August 2016 with a focus on giving back to the autism community. Using the brand as a platform, the company’s donations to Generation Rescue are the next step in their commitment to making a difference through philanthropic efforts.

«Throughout our journey with my son’s autism diagnosis, Generation Rescue has provided my family with an unbelievable amount of support and guidance when we needed it the most,» said Chris Laurita, Co- Founder of The Little Kernel. «Through this donation we hope to help other families affected by autism spectrum disorders, and continue to raise awareness by being an advocate for this non-profit near and dear to The Little Kernel’s heart.           

«We’re thrilled and grateful to The Little Kernel for their generous donations to our organization,» said Candace McDonald, Executive Director of Generation Rescue. «The Little Kernel’s ongoing contributions help make our mission of improving the quality of life for children, adults and families affected by autism possible, and increases visibility for the amazing work we do here.»

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About The Little Kernel:
Founded by Chris Laurita and Andy Epstein, The Little Kernel is a health-minded snack brand dedicated to providing better-for-you options to consumers. Made with a unique, hulless, «miniature kernel,» and popped with 100 percent pure olive oil, The Little Kernel is gluten-free, non-GMO, dairy-free, kosher and is certified whole grain. The Little Kernel is available in six delicious flavors including Truffle Sea Salt, Sweet & Salty, Pink Himalayan Salt, White Cheddar, Butter and Naked. For additional information or to find a Little Kernel retailer near you, please visit

About Generation Rescue

Generation Rescue was founded in 2005 by JB and Lisa Handley, parents of an autistic child who were looking for autism support resources. The information they learned from other parents about how to treat the underlying symptoms of autism, in order to improve a child’s quality of life, became the inspiration for Generation Rescue. Generation Rescue educates, supports, advocates and truly empowers families affected by autism to achieve a better quality of life today and encourages healthy choices for future generations. Generation Rescue currently helps more than 25,000 families yearly affected by autism spectrum disorders – offering programs nationwide that provide services on a local level and providing mentors in 39 countries around the world.

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