INDIAN ISLAND â€“ Proper nutrition is vital for children to succeed in school and in life, and summer months can often pose a challenge as families struggle to feed their kids without the food programs provided by schools. Boys & Girls Clubs of Penobscot Nation is one of 400 Clubs across the country to receive $6,000 from the Walmart Foundation to help feed young Members during the summer.
Nationally, Boys & Girls Club of America and the Walmart Foundation helped ease the burden for families this summer by providing an estimated 3 million healthy meals and snacks to Club members across the U.S. as part of a $3.4 million grant from the Walmart Foundation. Walmart recently committed $2 billion to hunger relief efforts as part of its Fighting Hunger Together initiative.
There is no question that proper nutrition is vital for childrenâ€™s development. Summer poses a challenge for kids who are eligible for free and reduced lunches during the school year but donâ€™t have access to healthy food when theyâ€™re not attending classes. Staff members at Boys & Girls Clubs have seen dramatic increases in the number of young people who arrive at Clubs hungry as families struggle to provide for their children during the tough economic times.
â€śThis Healthy Servings grant will help the Club recharge and re-energize its young members with healthy snacks and meals before they go from vacation to classroom,â€ť says Carla Knapp, Chief Professional Officer, Boys & Girls Club of Penobscot Nation.
â€śEating a healthy meal is vital to the development of children, and during the summer there are kids who go hungry because they donâ€™t have access to healthy food when they arenâ€™t in school,â€ť said Margaret McKenna, president of the Walmart Foundation. â€śWe are committed to fighting hunger and ensuring young people are getting the healthy meals they need.â€ť
Located at 12 Wabanaki Way, Indian Island, Boys & Girls Club of the Penobscot Nation provides program opportunities for over 200 boys and girls each year. The Club is open Monday – Friday. Youngsters interested in joining the Club can contact Carla Knapp at the Boys & Girls Club of the Penobscot Nation, (207) 817-7355.
Contact Name: Carla Knapp
Telephone Number: (207)817-7355