Walmart Foundation Kicks-Off Summer by Continuing Commitment to Out-Of-School
Feeding, Helping Families in 450 Communities
$14 million in donations to five nonprofits provides greater access to meals
and expands nutrition education programs to reach 1.7 million children
BENTONVILLE, Ark., June 20, 2013
BENTONVILLE, Ark., June 20, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Today, the Walmart Foundation
(NYSE: WMT) announced $14 million in grants to provide more than 1.7 million
children and families with free meals and nutrition education programs. The
grants will expand access to meals for children outside of school this summer
and throughout the year, while also teaching families how to develop healthy,
low-cost eating habits. Five nonprofit organizations – Alliance for a
Healthier Generation (Alliance), Food Research and Action Center (FRAC),
National League of Cities Institute for Youth, Education and Families, Texas
Hunger Initiative (THI), and YMCA of the USA (The Y) – will use the grants to
fund programs that serve families in more than 450 communities across the
According to a new FRAC report, while 19.6 million low-income children rely on
the U.S. Department of Agriculture lunch programs during the school year, only
1 in 7 of these children participates in Summer Nutrition Programs. In fact,
while summer meal program participation declined from 2008 to 2012, the need
for these programs grew, as suggested by an increase in school lunch
participation among low-income children during the same time. Limited access
to healthy meals leaves children vulnerable, with negative impacts to their
health and development. During the summer, this issue is compounded by reduced
access to educational opportunities that contribute to learning loss.
"At Walmart, we recognize that many children rely on the meals provided at
school to sustain an adequate nutrition level, and often go without after
class ends and during summer vacation. That's why we're committed to
supporting organizations that work to ensure children have access to meals all
year long and are also teaching families about eating healthy," said Julie
Gehrki, senior director of the Walmart Foundation. "Through Walmart's own
efforts and by working with dedicated nonprofit partners to make healthy foods
more accessible and affordable, we strive to help families live better,
To help raise awareness about the importance of access to meals and nutrition
education programs throughout the year, the Walmart Foundation has joined
forces with Dr. Michele Borba, recognized children's health and development
expert and award-winning author of 22 parenting and educational books,
including Parents Do Make a Difference. Dr. Borba offers valuable insight and
simple tips that every family can follow to enjoy a healthy summer.
"Parents and caregivers can and should take an active role in helping children
avoid the 'summer-slide,'" said Dr. Borba. "Look for programs in your
neighborhood that will help your children access regular meals and stay active
throughout their school break. These programs will not only benefit your
children's health during the summer, they will have a lasting impact on their
The grants from the Walmart Foundation will serve 1.7 million children and
families over the next two years through the following programs:
Nonprofit Grant Amount Grant Overview
Increase access to healthy food and
nutrition education for children and
Alliance for a parents outside of school in eight U.S.
Healthier Generation $1.5 million cities, including Little Rock, Los
(Alliance) Angeles, Miami, New Orleans, Oklahoma
City, Philadelphia, Sacramento, Calif.
and Washington, D.C.
Increase access, participation and
Food Research and awareness of nutrition programs that
Action Center (FRAC) $4 million provide meals to children and families
across the country during the school year
and summer months.
National League of Expand afterschool and summer nutrition
Cities Institute for $1.5 million initiatives and implement year-long
Youth, Education and feeding programs for more than 25,000
Families low-income children across the country.
Expand sponsorship and locations for
Texas Hunger Initiative $2 million summer and afterschool meal programs
(THI) throughout Texas, while increasing
participation by 583,000 children.
Expand The YMCA's Summer Food Program at
YMCA of the USA (The Y) $5 million more than 2,300 sites to provide children
with access to meals outside of school
These grants are part of Walmart's and the Walmart Foundation's $2 billion
commitment through 2015 to fight hunger in America, and Walmart's 2011
initiative to provide customers with healthier and more affordable food
choices. To learn more about Walmart's commitment to fighting hunger and
nutrition education, visit foundation.walmart.com.
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 & Healthy Eating, Sustainability, Career 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.
Walmart has donated more than 1 billion meals to those in need across the
country. To learn more about Walmart's giving, visit foundation.walmart.com.
SOURCE Walmart Foundation
Contact: Scott Pope, Walmart, 1-800-331-0085, news.walmart.com/reporter
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