Walmart and the Walmart Foundation announced Monday (Feb. 6) they would release $9.5 million in grants to organizations that promote healthy eating habits. The funding will support nutrition education programs, provide classes focused on learning to cook and shop for healthier foods on a budget and provide live cooking demonstrations in communities nationwide.
In January 2011, Walmart, alongside First Lady Michelle Obama, announced an initiative to provide customers with healthier and affordable food choices. This effort includes a commitment to increase funding for nutrition programs that help educate consumers about healthier food choices.
“We want to help our customers make healthier decisions whether that’s through their in-store experience at Walmart or through taking a class focused on nutrition education,” Andrea Thomas, senior vice president of sustainability at Walmart, said in a statement. “The grants we’re announcing today will give thousands of Americans access to nutrition education classes, cooking demonstrations and nutritional recipes—essential tools to living a healthier life.”
The grants are expected to help almost 300,000 people in the U.S. Link here for more info about grant allocations.