Backpack Programs are Fighting Childhood Hunger (+ What You Can Do)

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For those of us who are able to provide three meals a day for our families, it may be difficult to imagine that there are millions of children throughout the nation who go to school hungry. They rely on the free or reduced price breakfast and lunch they via the National School Lunch program, but what happens when they go home for the day? For the weekend?

On more than one occasion, I have written about Walmart’s efforts to fight childhood hunger. This is one of those issues that is important enough to require constant focus, because it is an issue that we can all help solve together.

One of the ways Walmart is working to end childhood hunger is the BackPack Program, in partnership with Feeding America:

Maybe you’ve never heard of it, but for more than 15 years, the BackPack Program has provided kids with nutritious, easy-to-prepare food to sustain them for the weekend. Nearly 230,000 children are helped by this program every year.

But this program is just one among a myriad of ways Walmart is working to fight hunger. In addition, the company has committed to donating more than 1.1 billion pounds of food from Walmart stores, distribution centers and Sam’s Club locations and awarding $250 million in grants to support hunger relief organizations. Click here or check out the Live Better Facebook app to learn more about their efforts.

As I mentioned above, there are millions of children who need help, and all of us can pitch in. You can encourage your elected officials to implement nutrition programs, help your child’s school start a garden or donate to or volunteer at a local food bank. Download this PDF for tons of ideas on how you and everyone else in your community can participate.

Disclosure: I am a member of the Walmart Moms program. Walmart has provided me with compensation for sharing my the BackPack Program and their hunger-fighting efforts with you. Participation is voluntary and as usual, all opinions are my own.

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