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The Walmart Foundation Awards $6,000

Indian Island -

INDIAN ISLAND – 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 children’s development. Summer poses a challenge for kids who are eligible for free and reduced lunches during the school year but don’t have access to healthy food when they’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.

“This 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,” says Carla Knapp, Chief Professional Officer, Boys & Girls Club of Penobscot Nation.

“Eating a healthy meal is vital to the development of children, and during the summer there are kids who go hungry because they don’t have access to healthy food when they aren’t in school,” said Margaret McKenna, president of the Walmart Foundation. “We are committed to fighting hunger and ensuring young people are getting the healthy meals they need.”

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.

For More Information:

Contact Name: Carla Knapp

Telephone Number: (207)817-7355

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Email: carla.knapp@penobscotnation.org