Walmart Foundation Gives $500,000 to Support Native Kids & Teens in Partnership with Boys & Girls Clubs of America
Partnership to enhance nutrition education and access to healthy foods for Clubs on Native lands
Atlanta, GA – The Walmart Foundation and Boys & Girls Clubs of America have launched a new $500,000 partnership to provide greater healthy lifestyles education to Native American kids and teens across the country.
Most U.S. youth do not meet the recommended health guidelines, which is especially true for American Indian and Alaska Native youth. Research reveals that 23 percent of Native youth do not have adequate access to food – nearly twice the rate of our nation’s general population. The rate of obesity among Native youth is about 50 percent, and the incidence of type-2 diabetes among Native youth is nearly 3 times the national average, according to the Centers for Disease Control.
“The tribal communities we serve face many unique challenges, including limited access to nutritional foods, which can place Native youth at greater risk of childhood obesity,” said Jim Clark, president and CEO of Boys & Girls Clubs of America. “We are grateful for our continued relationship with the Walmart Foundation, which will enable us to provide community-based support that promotes health and wellness and improves food access among Native youth across the country.”
Through this partnership, 26 Clubs on Native lands will be given resources to create a healthy Club environment and trained to deliver nutrition education that will equip Native kids and teens with skills and information they need to eat healthy. Youth at these Clubs will learn about food selection and preparation within a cultural context, focusing on traditional foods that are indigenous to the community like corn, berries, beans, fish and elk. The program is additionally designed to engage the tribal community through social events, like potluck dinners for which Club members can prepare healthy dishes.
“The Walmart Foundation is pleased to be a part of supporting the Boys & Girls Clubs of America,” said Karrie Denniston, Walmart Foundation Senior Director for Sustainability. “As part of our commitment to provide nutrition education to 4 million people over 5 years, this program will help support Native youth in living healthy lifestyles and exploring healthy food.”
Since 1992, Boys & Girls Clubs of America has established nearly 200 Clubs serving approximately 86,000 Native youth. These Clubs exist in 25 states and represent approximately 90 different American Indian and Alaska Native organizations. Boys & Girls Clubs of America is dedicated to strengthening Native youth’s cultural identity through programing that explicitly promotes positive growth and development along critical cultural, social, emotional, intellectual and physical dimensions.
About Boys & Girls Clubs of America
For more than 150 years, Boys & Girls Clubs of America (BGCA.org) has enabled young people most in need to achieve great futures as productive, caring, responsible citizens. Today, 4,300 Clubs serve nearly 4 million young people through Club membership and community outreach. Clubs are located in cities, towns, public housing and on Native lands throughout the country, and serve military families in BGCA-affiliated Youth Centers on U.S. military installations worldwide. They provide a safe place, caring adult mentors, fun and friendship, and high-impact youth development programs on a daily basis during critical non-school hours. Club programs promote academic success, good character and citizenship, and healthy lifestyles. In a Harris Survey of alumni, 54 percent said the Club saved their lives. National headquarters are located in Atlanta. Learn more at Facebook and Twitter.
About Philanthropy at Walmart
By using our strengths to help others, Walmart and the Walmart Foundation create opportunities for people to live better every day. Walmart has stores in 28 countries, employing more than 2.3 million associates and doing business with thousands of suppliers who, in turn, employ millions of people. Through our philanthropy, Walmart and the Walmart Foundation are helping people live better by accelerating upward job mobility and economic development for the retail workforce; addressing hunger and making healthier, more sustainably-grown food a reality; and building strong communities where we operate and inspiring our associates to give back. Whether it is helping to lead the fight against hunger in the United States with $2 billion in cash and in-kind donations or supporting Women’s Economic Empowerment through a series of grants totaling $10 million to the Women in Factories training program in Bangladesh, China, India and Central America, Walmart and the Walmart Foundation are not only working to tackle key social issues, we are also collaborating with others to inspire solutions for long-lasting systemic change. To learn more about Walmart’s giving, visit foundation.walmart.com.