Children’s Hunger Alliance Reports Program Results from $1.5 Million Walmart Grant to Support Ohio’s Food Insecure Children
Funding is part of more than $33 million in grants awarded to 11 national non-profits by Walmart and the Walmart Foundation
COLUMBUS, OH (September 29, 2016) – Children’s Hunger Alliance is one of 11 organizations that share the commitment to fight hunger with Walmart and the Walmart Foundation and earlier this year received $1.5 million grant funding to help expand access to nutritious meals for Ohio children living in food-insecure households.
With the USDA reporting that in 2015, 42.2 million people in America, including more than 13 million children lived in households at risk of struggling with hunger, the Walmart and the Walmart Foundation grants are helping provide meals to those who need them the most and helping students access the nutritious food they need for focused minds – both in and out of school.
Children’s Hunger Alliance is working with partners throughout the state to expand school breakfast participation and awarded 36 grants to local school districts totaling nearly $200,000. The Walmart Foundation funds were regranted by Children’s Hunger Alliance to the following local school districts to help tens of thousands of children access school breakfast:
- Newark City Schools in Licking County – $25,000 award
- Black River in Ashland County – $15,990 award
- Southwest Licking Local Schools in Licking County- $15,000 award
- Racine Southern Local Schools in Meigs County – $10,000 award
- Fremont Local Schools in Sandusky County – $10,000 award
- Washington-Nile Local Schools in Scioto County – $10,000 award
- Northwest Local Schools in Stark County – $10,000 award
“No child should be trying to learn on an empty stomach. We share Walmart and the Walmart Foundation’s commitment to fighting hunger and were excited to put the grant funding to work in Ohio,” said Mary Lynn Foster, President and CEO of Children’s Hunger Alliance. “Schools at times need financial support to supplement their resources so they can offer every child the chance to enjoy a healthy breakfast. Thanks to our work with the Walmart Foundation we’ve been able to consult with local school districts and support the implementation of best practices that allow more students to participate in school breakfast.”
Beyond helping to expand school breakfast, the $1.5 million grant went toward supporting a number of additional initiatives that will ensure more children in Ohio receive access to nutritious meals. Children’s Hunger Alliance conducted a proprietary statewide childhood hunger assessment to guide the agency’s strategic expansion into areas where children experience low food security. Children’s Hunger Alliance also began offering the USDA’s Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) to daycare centers throughout Ohio. The organization already sponsors nearly 900 in-home child care providers through its CACFP program. Finally, in an effort to sponsor additional childcare providers and afterschool programs, five community outreach coordinators were hired to increase awareness of program availability and drive community engagement around reducing childhood hunger throughout the state.
“These philanthropic investments are the latest examples of our long-standing commitment to hunger relief and dedication to ensuring every family has access to healthy and affordable food in the times and places they may need it,” said Karrie Denniston, Senior Director of the Walmart Foundation. “Collaboration and dedication are key to making a positive impact on the issue of hunger in the U.S. and we’re proud to work with Children’s Hunger Alliance and our ten other nonprofit partners to support hunger relief and nutrition education for families in need. Thanks to the programs our partners have implemented, millions of children and families will have access to the healthy food needed to support a successful school year and beyond.”
The grant awarded to Children’s Hunger Alliance is one of 11 grants awarded to national nonprofit organizations totaling more than $33 million to fund nutrition education and meal programs for youth, and increase families’ access to fruits and vegetables through state and federal nutrition assistance programs.
Other school districts that received funding from Children’s Hunger Alliance through the Walmart grant to increase school breakfast participation include:
- Lima City Schools in Allen County – $2,000 award
- Tri-County Career Center in Athens County – $5,000 award
- Federal Hocking Local Schools in Athens County – $3,000 award
- Carrollton EV Schools in Carroll County – $1,000 award
- Graham Local Schools in Champaign County – $3,100 award
- Greenon Local Schools in Clark County – $6,000 award
- Clark-Shawnee Local Schools in Clark County – $2,499 award
- Bucyrus City Schools in Crawford County – $2,995 award
- Richmond Heights Schools in Cuyahoga County – $5,000 award
- Warrensville Heights Schools in Cuyahoga County – $5,000 award
- Cleveland Metropolitan School District in Cuyahoga County – $2,645 award
- Euclid City Schools in Cuyahoga County – $1,902 award
- Lancaster City Schools in Fairfield County – $5,000 award
- South-Western City Schools in Franklin County – $1,900 award
- Edison Local Schools in Jefferson County – $4,045 award
- NorthPointe Schools in Lucas County – $5,000 award
- Marion City Schools in Marion County – $9,292 award
- River Valley Local Schools in Marion County – $1,500 award
- Meigs Local Schools in Meigs County – $5,000 award
- Eastern Local City Schools in Meigs County – $2,000 award
- Lewisville Schools in Monroe County – $5,000 award
- Kettering Middle School in Montgomery County – $3,090 award
- West Muskingum Local Schools in Muskingum County – $5,000 award
- Tri-County North Local Schools in Preble County – $2,000 award
- Newcomerstown Schools in Tuscarawas County – $7,000 award
- Van Wert City Schools in Van Wert County – $1,500 award
- Marietta City Schools in Washington County – $1,510 award
In October of 2014, Walmart announced a commitment to create a more sustainable food system, with a focus on improving affordability by lowering the “true cost” of food for both customers and the environment, increasing access to food, making healthier eating easier, and improving the safety and transparency of the food chain. The commitment includes a goal of providing four billion meals to those in need by 2020.
For more information about the grant awarded to Children’s Hunger Alliance visit ChildrensHungerAlliance.org.
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About Children’s Hunger Alliance
Founded in 1970 in Columbus, Children’s Hunger Alliance is a statewide nonprofit organization dedicated to ending childhood hunger in Ohio. The organization’s mission is to ensure children without access receive healthy food, nutrition education and physical activity. In 2015 the organization worked with partners including childcare providers and afterschool programs to help provide more than 5.2 million nutrition meals and snacks to hungry children throughout Ohio’s 88 counties. Learn more at childrenshungeralliance.org.
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