HAZARD – Walmart and the Walmart Foundation announce $25,000 in grants to several Hazard, Kentucky schools to fund local hunger programs and help provide meals to people who need them the most. The grants to Hazard hunger relief program are part of more than $33 million in grants given to nonprofits nationwide and illustrate Walmart and the Walmart Foundation’s commitment to fight hunger.
The $25,000 in Walmart and Walmart Foundation funding will help area children and families through the following programs:
· Perry County Schools received funding through Walmart’s support of the Chef Ann Foundation. The foundation received $350,000 grant being distributed as 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.
“Walmart is dedicated to ensuring every family has access to healthy and affordable food,” said Hazard Walmart Store Manager Jason Higgins. “We’re proud to work with Perry County Schools to support hunger relief and nutrition education for Hazard families in need.”
The USDA reported 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. The Walmart and Walmart Foundation grants will fund nutrition education and meal programs for youth, and increase families’ access to fruits and vegetables through state and federal nutrition assistance programs.
In October of 2014, Walmart and the Walmart Foundation announced a commitment to create a more sustainable food system, with a focus on improving affordability by lowering the “true cost” of food for both customers and the environment, increasing access to food, making healthier eating easier, and improving the safety and transparency of the food chain. The commitment includes a goal of providing four billion meals to those in need by 2020.