Recently, the Walmart Foundation announced $4 million in grants to organizations working to reduce the hunger crisis in Texas where more than 4 million people battle with hunger, including 1.6 million children, as per Feeding America. Organizations Brighter Bites and Baylor University’s Texas Hunger Initiative to receive $1.3 million and $2,600,000 respectively in a grant from Walmart Foundation in assistance.
Brighter Bites, a Houston based non-profit concentrates on improving access to fresh fruits and vegetables in combination with nutrition education to fight obesity and encourage improved health for low-income children and families. Walmart’s contribution will help Brighter Bites in Dallas, Houston, and Austin, as well as other markets in the U.S.
The Texas Hunger Initiative, a Baylor Collaborative on Hunger and Poverty is a project to help build strategies to end the hunger crisis through education, awareness, and overall community development. The grant will support access to healthy food through direct outreach, research, policy engagement, and will strengthen pilot community-based programs.
“As the nation’s largest grocer, Walmart is in a unique position to create effective and sustainable solutions to help combat food insecurity in the communities we serve. By leveraging the strengths of our business and engaging with the right partners on the ground through philanthropic investments, we’re supporting innovative programs that both address immediate needs locally and strengthen the broader meal system.” stated said Julie Gehrki, vice president of philanthropy at Walmart.
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