Walmart Grant for Summer Meals
School vacation may be dwindling down, but our efforts to end hunger by providing summer meals for kids continue. Thanks to a $50,000 grant from the Walmart Foundation’s State Giving Program, thousands more kids in King County will have access to nutritious meals during the summer, when free or reduced-price meals at school aren’t available.
One in 5 kids is at risk of hunger nationwide. Nearly 90,000 students in King County receive free or reduced-price meals during the school year. However, Washington ranks 40th in the nation for participation in a free federal program that feeds children all summer long.
In 2011, United Way and its partner organizations provided 65,000 summer meals for kids. The $50,000 grant will raise that capacity by 40,000 next summer.
Thanks to the Walmart Foundation and all of our partners in making sure hunger is not a part of any child’s summer break.