LULAC To Benefit From the Generous Contribution Of the Walmart Foundation To Support the Latinos Living Healthy Initiative
February 6, 2012
Contact: Paloma Zuleta, firstname.lastname@example.org, (202) 812-4477
Washington, DC - Today, LULAC announced that its signature health initiative, Latinos Living Healthy, would benefit from the generous support by the Walmart Foundation to further educate and promote healthy living and community health festivals in the Latino community. These grants are part of a $9.5 million nationwide donation to support nutrition education programs in local communities.
“It is imperative that the Latino community make the necessary lifestyle changes to lead healthier lives,” said Margaret Moran, LULAC National President. “For many busy families in today’s economy, it becomes a complicated process to bring the best value to the dinner table. Through its commitment to make healthier food choices more affordable and accessible, Walmart is helping Latino communities battle the obesity epidemic.”
In January 2011, Walmart, alongside First Lady Michelle Obama, announced an initiative to provide customers with healthier and more affordable food choices. This effort includes a commitment to increase funding for nutrition programs that help educate consumers about healthier food choices.
“At Walmart we are committed to helping our customers make healthier decisions whether that’s through their in-store experience or through taking a class focused on nutrition education,” said Andrea Thomas, senior vice president of sustainability at Walmart. “The LULAC grant will help to bring nutrition education classes, cooking demonstrations and nutritional recipes—essential tools to living a healthier life - to more than 8,000 people living in predominantly Latino communities.”
Nearly 300,000 people across the nation will benefit from the Walmart Foundation’s $9.5 million donation for nutrition education programs. In addition to LULAC the following organizations will receive donations:
- Action for Healthy Kids
- American Medical Association Foundation
- Children’s Health Fund
- National Black Child Development Institute
- National 4-H Council
- National Latino Children’s Institute
- Share Our Strength
The League of United Latin American Citizens, the largest and oldest Hispanic membership organization in the country, advances the economic condition, educational attainment, political influence, housing, health and civil rights of Hispanic Americans through community-based programs operating through 900 LULAC councils nationwide. For more information, visit www.lulac.org.
About Philanthropy at Walmart
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