Celebrating five years of the Walmart Foundation’s support of Boys & Girls Clubs in Indian Country, providing ongoing access to food, nutrition education and cultural teachings.
This year, Boys & Girls Clubs of America has a lot to celebrate as we recognize 30 years serving youth on Native lands. Part of this legacy of service includes nutrition and meal programs that fuel today’s Native youth while recognizing the vital role food plays in Native American culture and heritage.
Thanks to a five-year partnership with the Walmart Foundation, we’re also celebrating one million meals served to Native young people. This transformational partnership began with nutrition education and has expanded to include a healthy meal and snack program to feed Club members and their families.
This program recognizes the food insecurity challenges many Indigenous communities face, particularly in rural areas, and helps Clubs support families by providing meals, education and strategic partnerships to keep kids fed and fueled from week to week.
In the last five years, this national partnership has had a lasting impact – providing Native youth and families snacks and meals they can rely on:
Native people believe in the power of generations and food plays a significant role in Tribal heritage. The impact of this partnership is multigenerational, serving kids and their nuclear families today, with nutrition education and the passing on of traditions for generations to come.
Because of the multigenerational reach, this program has empowered Clubs to be pillars of their communities, as, in many cases, families and community members have come to rely on their local Clubs for this resource.
This food access program is an outcome-driven effort, inclusive of nutrition education. Over the course of the last few years, youth at these Clubs have learned:
The final emphasis of this programming is on securing sustainable local and federal food access relationships tailored to the community’s unique needs. Examples include USDA food provision programs such as the Summer Food Service Program (SFSP), Farmers to Families, and the Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) as well as exploring emergency food plans, like existing relationships with local food banks.
The ultimate goal of this program is to create long-lasting adoption and independence in facilitation across these Native communities, supporting youth today and providing lasting impact for generations to come.