Walmart Foundation grants $6.7 million to spread nutrition education
March 05, 2013
The Walmart Foundation is currently making strides in its work to improve Americans' health through education about nutrition. The organization, which is the retail giant's philanthropic arm, recently granted $6.7 million to 5 nonprofits across the country, including $1 million for Action for Healthy Kids (AFHK), $2.5 million for the American Association of School Administrators (AASA), $720,000 for Common Threads, $500,000 for Gaston & Porter Health Improvement Center (GPHIC) and $2 million for the National 4-H Council.
This is part of a larger effort being conducted by Walmart, which has committed to donating $5 billion over the next five years to promote nutritious food choices and end hunger throughout the United States.
"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," said senior director of the Walmart Foundation, Julie Gehrki.
Through this grantmaking cycle, which commemorates the start of National Nutrition Month and National School Breakfast Week, the Walmart Foundation hopes to help 250,000 people over the next two years.
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