The Walmart Foundation awards EBFP 30K grant!!!

The East Bay Food Pantry is pleased to announce The Walmart Foundation as our 2013 Access Nutrition Title Sponsor.
The Access Nutrition Initiative represents EBFP’s commitment to providing healthy and nutritious food options in our client choice food pantry.  The generous support of donors and the Walmart Foundation enables the EBFP to consistently offer  whole grains foods, a wide variety of fruits and vegetables, high quality protein, and milk/dairy products to 5,000 East Bay residents who rely on the EBFP to supplement their food needs. The East Bay community shares in this initiative by giving monetary support, making food-specific donations, and by sharing fresh, local produce.
EBFP’s current efforts include Food4Kids, the newest program developed out of the Access Nutrition Initiative. On school days during the academic year, at-risk children receive free and reduced-price breakfast and lunch through the National School Lunch Program, but during weekends and summer vacation, most low-income children lose access to daily school lunches and breakfasts.  Lack of nutrition and hunger may contribute to poor academic performance, illness and other health issues. The Food4Kids program is designed to fill that nutrition gap by providing healthy, non-perishable food for children to eat over the weekend and during summer vacation.
Additionally, support from The Walmart Foundation empowers EBFP to expand nutrition awareness through recipe and educational hand-outs, nutritious recipe tastings, monthly nutrition in-services and cooking classes, and activities for children focused on healthy eating messages. Clients, staff, and volunteers have the opportunity to try healthy foods during recipe tasting experiences and at monthly healthy cooking classes taught by SNAP Education registered dieticians.  By providing multiple opportunities for clients to learn about, taste and experience nutritious foods, EBFP intends to positively impact clients’ selection and use of healthy foods in their daily lives.

The East Bay Food Pantry is grateful to The Walmart Foundation for its support!