Walmart Foundation Awards $2.5 Million for Healthy Shopping, Cooking Initiative

The has announced a $2.5 million grant to to help families gain hands-on shopping, cooking, and nutrition education.

The grant will support efforts designed to provide more than a hundred thousand Americans with access to the organization's Cooking Matters program, which helps low-income families develop and maintain healthier eating habits. The grant will enable SOS to expand the program into Georgia, Massachusetts, Illinois, Ohio, Texas, Florida, Colorado, Michigan, Minnesota, Louisiana, New York, California, Nebraska, Oregon, Washington, Missouri, and Washington, D.C.

Over the next year, SOS will help provide families with access to "shopping tours" at Walmart stores and other grocers. Featuring trained "guides," the interactive sessions are designed to teach shoppers how to buy fruits and vegetables on a budget, compare unit prices, read food labels, and identify whole-grain foods. The grant also will support six-week courses that introduce cooking, food budgeting, and nutrition concepts proven to increase healthy eating.

"Many families in America haven't been given the opportunity to learn about how to eat healthy at home. Programs like Cooking Matters give families the tools necessary to maximize their resources, shop smart on a budget and develop better eating habits," said Walmart Foundation senior director Julie Gehrki. "Today we recognize 'National Food Day' because we believe that healthy eating can change lives. At Walmart, we take this to heart every day by making nutritious foods accessible and affordable for families across the country; and alongside partners like Share Our Strength we can help even more people eat healthier and live better."

"." Walmart Foundation Press Release 10/11/2013.