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June 26, 2013

Wal-Mart Foundation provides $14 million in grants for meals

BENTONVILLE, Ark — The Wal-Mart Foundation announced recently $14 million in grants to provide more than 1.7 million children and families with free meals and nutrition education programs.

 The grants will expand access to meals for children outside of school this summer and throughout the year, while also teaching families how to develop healthy, low-cost eating habits.

Five nonprofit organizations — Alliance for a Healthier Generation; Food Research and Action Center;  National League of Cities Institute for Youth, Education and Families; Texas Hunger Initiative; and YMCA of the USA — will use the grants to fund programs that serve families in more than 450 communities across the nation.

“At Wal-Mart, we recognize that many children rely on the meals provided at school to sustain an adequate nutrition level, and often go without after class ends and during summer vacation. That's why we're committed to supporting organizations that work to ensure children have access to meals all year long and are also teaching families about eating healthy,” Julie Gehrki, senior director of the Wal-Mart Foundation, said in a statement.

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