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

March 4, 2013

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

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.

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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 lives.”

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
    ---------       ------------              --------------

    Action for                     $1 million  Provide 30,000 children at 100
     Healthy                                   schools nationwide with
     Kids (AFHK)                               breakfast and nutrition
                                               education programs through the
                                               Universal Breakfast for Healthy
                                               Kids Campaign.
    ------------                   ---------- -------------------------------

    American                     $2.5 million  Implement a universal breakfast
     Association                               program in six urban school
     of School                                 districts to help feed 132,000
     Administrators                            children over the next two
     (AASA)                                    years.
    ---------------              ------------ --------------------------------

    Common                           $720,000  Increase nutritional literacy
     Threads                                   and cooking skills among 20,000
                                               low-income children and their
                                               families with a year-round
                                               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.
    --------                         -------- --------------------------------

    Gaston &                         $500,000  Expand nutrition education for
     Porter                                    current participants, graduates
     Health                                    and facilitators in Chicago,
     Improvement                               Washington, D.C. and the
     Center                                    surrounding area, and
     (GPHIC)                                   Philadelphia of Prime Time
                                               Sister Circles(R), a
                                               intervention program designed
                                               for African American women ages
    ------------                     -------- -------------------------------

    National 4-H                   $2 million  Educate 74,000 at-risk children
     Council                                   and their families about
     (4-H)                                     nutritional choices and food
                                               security challenges by
                                               expanding nutrition education
                                               programming in 22 states.
    ------------                   ---------- --------------------------------

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 education, visit: www.walmartfoundation.org.

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 foundation.walmart.com.

[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.

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