The Walmart Foundation Provides More Than 250,000 Americans with Access to School Breakfast and Nutrition Education

  The Walmart Foundation Provides More Than 250,000 Americans with Access to
                   School Breakfast and Nutrition Education

Grants to five national nonprofits help children and adults of all ages live
better, healthier lives

PR Newswire

BENTONVILLE, Ark., March 4, 2013

BENTONVILLE, Ark., March 4, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Today, the Walmart Foundation
kicked off National Nutrition Month and National School Breakfast Week by
announcing $6.7 million in grants to five national nonprofit organizations
that are providing children with school breakfast and helping families develop
better eating habits. The grants are part of Walmart and the Walmart
Foundation's $2 billion cash and in-kind commitment through 2015 to help fight
hunger in America and Walmart's 2011 initiative to provide customers with
healthier and more affordable food choices.


Grants to Action for Healthy Kids and the American Association of School
Administrators will support programs that help more children start their
school day with a morning meal, providing them with the nutritional substance
they need to learn and grow. Additional grants to Common Threads, the Gaston &
Porter Health Improvement Center and the National 4-H Council will fund
programs that empower people of all ages with the education and training they
need to identify, shop for and prepare healthier meals.

"Through Walmart and the Walmart Foundation's ongoing commitment to help
Americans live better, we are working to make nutritious food more accessible
and affordable to children and adults across the nation," said Julie Gehrki,
senior director of the Walmart Foundation. "Many Americans are not making a
well-balanced diet part of their daily routine. According to the Centers for
Disease Control, only 25 percent of adults, and even fewer children, eat the
recommended amount of fruits and vegetables each day. Through these grants, we
are proud to partner with nonprofits to assure families not only have access
to the healthy food they need, but also are empowered with the knowledge to
develop and maintain better eating habits so they can live long and healthy

In addition to not eating enough fruits and vegetables, most Americans do not
get enough whole grains and fat-free or low-fat milk products in their diets,
and are consuming too much fat, sweetened beverages and sodium.[i] Yet, a
report from the U.S. Department of Agriculture shows that nutrition education
programs can make a significant contribution to improving dietary habits.[ii]

The Walmart Foundation grants are expected to reach 250,000 Americans across
the country over the next two years through the following programs:

Nonprofit               Grant Amount Grant Overview
                                     Provide 30,000 children at 100 schools
Action for Healthy Kids $1 million   nationwide with breakfast and nutrition
(AFHK)                               education programs through the Universal
                                     Breakfast for Healthy Kids Campaign.
American Association of              Implement a universal breakfast program
School Administrators   $2.5 million in six urban school districts to help
(AASA)                               feed 132,000 children over the next two
                                     Increase nutritional literacy and cooking
                                     skills among 20,000 low-income children
                                     and their families with a year-round
Common Threads          $720,000     program that will be expanded to 20
                                     schools in both Chicago and Miami, which
                                     have some of the highest rates of
                                     childhood obesity, poverty and food
                                     insecurity in the nation.
                                     Expand nutrition education for current
                                     participants, graduates and facilitators
Gaston & Porter Health               in Chicago, Washington, D.C. and the
Improvement Center      $500,000     surrounding area, and Philadelphia of
(GPHIC)                              Prime Time Sister Circles®, a
                                     culturally-competent intervention program
                                     designed for African American women ages
                                     Educate 74,000 at-risk children and their
National 4-H Council                 families about nutritional choices and
(4-H)                   $2 million   food security challenges by expanding
                                     nutrition education programming in 22

Well-known dietitian and Cordon Bleu-certified chef Michelle Dudash has joined
forces with Walmart to kick off National Nutrition Month and help raise
awareness about the importance of school breakfast and nutrition education
programs. Michelle offers unique insight and easy-to-follow tips that can help
every family make nutritious eating choices.

"When it comes to eating healthy, knowing where to start can be the hardest
part," said Michelle Dudash, who recently released the bestselling cookbook
Clean Eating for Busy Families. "Nutrition education provides a foundation to
understand what foods to buy and how to prepare meals that are part of a
well-balanced diet. By following simple steps as you shop and cook, all
families can come together every day to eat meals that are healthy,
kid-friendly and delicious."

To learn more about Walmart's commitment to fighting hunger and nutrition

About Philanthropy at Walmart
Walmart and the Walmart Foundation are committed to helping people live better
through philanthropic efforts. By operating globally and giving back locally,
Walmart is uniquely positioned to address the needs of the communities it
serves and make a significant social impact within its core areas of giving:
Hunger Relief and Nutrition, Sustainability, Workforce Opportunity and Women's
Economic Empowerment. Walmart and the Walmart Foundation are leading the fight
against hunger in the United States with a $2 billion commitment through 2015.
To date, Walmart has donated more than 1 billion pounds of food to those in
need across the country. To learn more about Walmart's giving, visit

[i] USDA Center for Nutrition Policy and Promotion. Diet Quality of Low-Income
and Higher Income Americans in 2003-04 as Measured by the Healthy Eating
Index-2005. Nutrition Insight 42, December 2008.
[ii] Nutrition Education and Promotion: The Role of FNS in Helping Low-income
Families Make Healthier Eating and Lifestyle Choices. (2010). U.S. Department
of Agriculture Food & Nutrition Service.

SOURCE Wal-Mart Stores, Inc.

Contact: Scott Pope, Walmart, 1-800-331-0085,
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