Walmart’s Back To School Grants Fight Hunger Across America. We believe that every child should have access to nutritious food at every meal. Don’t you?
Just so you know, I’m writing this post on behalf of Walmart Foundation and The Motherhood, but all opinions are my own.
Every morning, I make my children breakfast and then I pack them a nutritious lunch. I try to make sure they have well-rounded meals and that their bellies will be full all day long. As I do this, I say a little prayer of gratitude because I know that there are many children all across America that do not have enough to eat each day.
The USDA reports that in 2015, 42.2 million people in America, including more than 13.1 million children, lived in households at risk of struggling with hunger.
This is why we’ve partnered with Walmart and the Walmart Foundation… because hunger is a reality for many families, and with school back in session, many face financial barriers to getting enough healthy food to thrive.
To help, Walmart and the Walmart Foundation have awarded 11 grants totaling $33 million to national nonprofits across the country, helping provide meal programs and nutrition education for youth and families as well as increase access to healthy food, like fruits and vegetables, through state and federal nutrition assistance programs.
These meals will go to those who need them the most and will help students access the healthy food they need for focused minds – both in and out of school.
Back to School Grant Overview
The Walmart and Walmart Foundation grants will provide nearly 57 million meals to support nearly 1.5 million people in communities across the country through programs providing year-long meals, breakfast in the classroom, nutrition education and increased access to fresh fruits and vegetables through nutrition assistance programs.
Walmart and the Walmart Foundation are working with long-standing grant partners to fund the following programs:
Chef Ann Foundation: $350,000 grant provides 101 grants to help schools increase fresh fruit and vegetable procurement, increase participation in the Department of Defense’s Fruit and Vegetable program at 50 schools and provide at least six hours of nutrition education and fruit and vegetable tastings to 35,000 children.
National League of Cities: $2 million grant to fund year-long meal programs that will provide 2.5 million year-long meals to 32,000 school-aged children across the U.S. by leveraging the Child and Adult Care Food Program and the Summer Food Service Program.
National Recreation & Park Association: $2.5 million grant to provide 18 million meals to 600,000 children and nutrition education to 150,000 children through its local park and recreation agencies.
Partners for Breakfast in the Classroom: $7.5 million grant providing funding to support 10.8 million federally reimbursed school breakfast meals through an expansion of the consortium’s state-based universal breakfast strategy.
Share Our Strength: $75 million grant to provide eight-week cooking courses and Cooking Matters at the Store shopping tours to 153,000 participants and to create and pilot a self-guided nutrition education application that aims to serve 25,000 people.
An additional $17.5 million in funding was also provided through grants to the Boys & Girls Clubs of America, Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, Children’s Hunger Alliance, Food Research and Action Center, Single Stop USA, and Y-USA. The organizations are using the grant funds to provide meal programs for students and increase families’ access to healthy food, like fruits and vegetables, through state and federal nutrition assistance programs.
Walmart’s Commitment to Hunger
Walmart and the Walmart Foundation believe that everyone should have access to safe, affordable, nutritious and sustainably grown food, which is why they have committed to providing four billion meals to those who need them between 2015 and 2020.
To learn more about Walmart and the Walmart Foundation’s commitments to fighting hunger and providing nutrition education, visit walmart.com.
We believe that every child should have access to nutritious food at every meal. Don’t you?
Denine & Daniele