The Walmart Foundation has announced grants totaling $10.5 million to four organizations working to provide nutritious food to students in need.
The grants include an award of $1.5 million to Action for Healthy Kids in support of its efforts to increase student participation in universal breakfast in three hundred and eighty-five schools in twenty states, and one of $5 million to Partners for Breakfast in the Classroom to increase participation in its breakfast programs by twenty-five thousand students in seven states. In addition, AASA, the School Superintendents Association will receive $2.5 million to increase school district implementation of universal breakfast programs, while the National Farm to School Network will receive $1.5 million to increase the number of school sites implementing farm-to-school activities in the high-need states of Kentucky, Louisiana, and Pennsylvania.
"As students and teachers prepare to head back to school this fall, I know that our school district is not alone in working to fulfill this need," said Jessica Shelly, food service director for Cincinnati Public Schools. "According to the USDA, nearly three-point-eight million households with children in the United States were food insecure in 2013. While that figure may seem daunting, I’m encouraged by my school's mission…to help make a difference for our students, one meal at a time."