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walmart foundation awards $24,000 to Boys & Girls Clubs of Kern County


Proper nutrition is vital for children to succeed in school and in life. The 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 Kern County's four traditional club sites (Armstrong Youth Center, Stockdale Club, Lamont Club, and Frazier Mountain Club) were part of the 400 clubs across the country to receive a Healthy Servings grant 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 three million healthy meals and snacks to club members across the United States 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.

"Families are struggling to meet basic needs, leaving many young people in a state of very low food security," says Zane Smith, Executive Director, Boys & Girls Clubs of Kern County. "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."

The Boys & Girls Clubs of Kern County provide program opportunities for 6,500 boys and girls each year. The club sites are open after school from 2:00 to 6:00 p.m. For more information, please call 661-325-3730 or visit www.bgclubsofkerncounty.org.

To learn more about Walmart's $2 billion commitment to help end hunger in America, visit www.walmart.com/fightinghunger.

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