The grant will boost the efforts of senior nutrition programs that provide critical services to more than six million seniors in the United States facing the threat of hunger. As a partner in Walmart's $2 billion commitment to support hunger relief efforts, MOWAA will use the funding to help more than one hundred local Meals on Wheels programs purchase stoves, refrigerators, trucks, and other equipment; support a new training initiative that includes a senior nutrition certificate program and online resources for senior nutrition professionals and the general public; and help organize additional MOWAA-affiliated state associations in the U.S.
"We know that seniors are among those hardest hit by hunger in this country," said Walmart Foundation president Margaret McKenna. "Many are home-bound and rely on neighbors and community volunteer programs like Meals on Wheels to help put food on the table. Through this $5 million grant, we hope to bring additional attention to senior hunger and help ensure our parents, grandparents, and friends who have added so much to our lives have access to healthy and nutritious food."