NRPA Launches National Hunger Relief Initiative at Indianapolis’ Douglass Park

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As millions of families across the United States are struggling financially due to the recession, child hunger is significantly on the rise...

The National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA) is pleased to announce the launch of its national hunger relief initiative supporting summer and before/after school food programs, which took place on Monday, June 21, 2010, at Indianapolis Parks and Recreation’s Douglass Park. NRPA received a $2.1 million grant from the Walmart Foundation for this initiative. Spanning two-years, it will enable agencies like Indianapolis Parks and Recreation to serve an estimated 4.9 million meals to children nationwide.

“As millions of families across the United States are struggling financially due to the recession, child hunger is significantly on the rise—particularly during the summer months when school is not in session,” said Barbara Tulipane, CEO of NRPA. “Today we celebrate the launch of our national hunger relief program with the gift from the Walmart Foundation, which will bring nutritious meals to millions of children in need—fighting hunger in a real way and laying the foundation for learning and growth.”

U.S. Senator Richard Lugar attended to enjoy breakfast with the day campers and speak about his commitment to securing legislation that supports hunger relief and nutritional education programs for those in need.

Walmart Foundation representatives also attended. The grant is part of Walmart’s recently announced $2 billion commitment to help end hunger in America through its “Fighting Hunger Together” initiative, which includes $250 million pledged to support hunger relief organizations at the national, state and local levels through 2015.

For questions about the event, including local media inquiries, please contact Jennifer McGilvray, Indianapolis Parks & Recreation public information officer, or 317.327.7035.    

Indianapolis Parks and Recreation is the recipient of a $50,000 grant to expand its food service program through this initiative. The complete list of cities benefiting from this gift in 2010 include Albuquerque, NM; Atlanta, GA; Austin, TX; Bakersfield, CA; Chicago, IL; Columbus, OH; Greenville, SC; Indianapolis, IN; Los Angeles, CA; Montgomery, AL; Portland, OR; San Diego, CA; St. Petersburg, FL; Washington, DC and Wichita, KS.

About Indianapolis Parks and Recreation
The mission of Indianapolis Parks & Recreation is to create fun, safe, engaging and sustainable parks that enhance the quality of life for individuals, neighborhoods and communities. Indy Parks will be a national model of excellence and destination for facilities and programs, protecting parks, greenways and open spaces and championing environmental initiatives. To learn more, visit http://www.indyparks.org.

About Philanthropy at Walmart
Walmart and the Walmart Foundation are proud to support the charitable causes that are important to customers and associates in their own neighborhoods. The Walmart Foundation funds initiatives focused on education, workforce development, economic opportunity, environmental sustainability, and health and wellness. From Feb. 1, 2009 through Jan. 31, 2010, Walmart and the Walmart Foundation gave more than $512 million in cash and in-kind gifts globally, $467 million of which was donated in the U.S. To learn more, visit http://www.walmartfoundation.org.

About the National Recreation and Park Association
The National Recreation and Park Association is a national not-for-profit organization dedicated to advancing park, recreation and conservation efforts that enhance quality of life for all people. Through its network of roughly 21,000 recreation and park professionals and citizens, NRPA encourages the promotion of healthy lifestyles, recreation initiatives, and conservation of natural and cultural resources.

For more information, visit http://www.NRPA.org. For digital access to NRPA’s flagship publication, Parks & Recreation, visit http://www.parksandrec-magazine.org.

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