The Walmart Foundation announced last month that it is providing a $5 million grant to Meals On Wheels Association of America (MOWAA) to help fight senior hunger in communities across the nation. The grant will assist the efforts of Senior Nutrition Programs (SNPs) across the U.S. and is part of Walmart’s $2 billion commitment to support hunger relief efforts through 2015. The grants are going towards:
– Assisting more than 100 local Meals On Wheels programs purchase stoves, refrigerators, trucks and other equipment needed in the fight to end senior hunger in local communities;
– Forming the Walmart Institute for Senior Nutrition Education, a new training initiative consisting of Senior Nutrition Certificate program training sessions and online resources for senior nutrition professionals and the general public;
– Creating the MOWAA State-Affiliate Training Wheels Program to help organize additional MOWAA affiliated State Associations across the U.S.
“We know that seniors are among those hardest hit by hunger in this country. Many are home-bound, and rely on neighbors and community volunteer programs like Meals On Wheels to help put food on the table,” said Margaret McKenna, president of the Walmart Foundation. “Through this $5 million grant, we hope to bring additional attention to senior hunger and help ensure our parents, grandparents and friends who have added so much to our lives have access to healthy and nutritious food.”