Walmart Foundation Continues $2.1 Million Grant Partnership With Nrpa To Support Summer Feeding Programs

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Walmart Launches $25 Million Effort to Expand Summer Services for Kids NRPA to Provide an Additional 2.5 Million Meals to At-risk Children

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NRPA is grateful to the Walmart Foundation for their generous partnership, which will enable park and recreation agencies nationwide to serve an additional 2.5 million nutritious meals to children this summer.

The National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA) is pleased to partner with the Walmart Foundation for a second year to expand after-school and summer feeding programs across America.

For the second year, thanks to the Walmart Foundation’s $2.1 million grant, NRPA has awarded grants to park and recreation agencies for feeding programs that will serve nearly 13 million meals to low-income children, an increase of 2.5 million meals over 2010 figures.

A report released in 2009 by the U.S. Department of Agriculture found that an estimated 49 million Americans struggle to get enough healthy food to eat. During the summer months, the number of children that receive free or reduced-price meals drops by roughly 80 percent compared to that of the school year.

“While more than 18 million children across America receive free or reduced-price meals during the school year, less than 3 million children do so in the summer,” said NRPA CEO Barbara Tulipane. “This means that more than 15 million children go hungry. NRPA is grateful to the Walmart Foundation for their generous partnership, which will enable park and recreation agencies nationwide to serve an additional 2.5 million nutritious meals to children this summer. Together, we’re fighting hunger in a real way and giving these kids a chance for a healthy and bright future.”

Walmart and the Walmart Foundation are committed to funding more than 350 local nonprofit organizations—including NRPA and local park and recreation agencies—to help expand nutrition, learning and employment services for elementary, middle and high school students throughout the summer months.

The list of cities benefiting from this gift through NRPA in 2011 include: Aberdeen, Miss.; Bloomington, Ind.; Brownsville, Tenn.; Flint, Mich.; Houston, Texas; Hialeah, Fla.; Kansas City, Mo.; Monte Vista, Colo.; New Bedford, Mass.; New York; Philadelphia; Plainfield, N.J.; Richmond, Va.; Saint Paul, Minn.; West Bend, Wis.; Atlanta, Ga.; Austin, Texas; Portland, Ore.; and Wichita, Kan.

For more information on NRPA’s food service programs, contact Jimmy O’Connor, senior manager of corporate grants, at joconnor@nrpa.org.

About Philanthropy at Walmart
Walmart and the Walmart Foundation are proud to support initiatives that are helping people live better around the globe. In May 2010, Walmart and its Foundation made a historic pledge of $2 billion through 2015 to fight hunger in the U.S. The Walmart Foundation also supports education, workforce development, environmental sustainability, and health and wellness initiatives. 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 20,000 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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