News Release

NCLR Received a Grant from Walmart Foundation to Implement Comprando Rico y Sano Program

Funding is part of more than $5 million in grants awarded by the foundation to strengthen local communities

Contact:
Kathy Mimberg
kmimberg@nclr.org
(202) 776-1714

WASHINGTON, D.C. (October 14, 2016)NCLR (National Council of La Raza) is one of nine organizations selected by the Walmart Foundation to receive grants to fund hunger and nutrition education programs as a way to strengthen local communities. The USDA reports that 42.2 million people in America are at risk of struggling with hunger, and this funding will increase access to nutrition education and emergency meals.

NCLR’s award will help thousands of Latinos through the NCLR Institute of Hispanic Health’s Comprando Rico y Sano program. This program—led by community health workers (promotores de salud)—seeks to reduce hunger and instill healthy shopping and eating habits among Latinos through nutrition education and enrollment assistance in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) in 20 communities across the nation. The program includes the following activities:

  • Training for program managers and community health workers to implement the program
  • Face-to-face SNAP information and nutrition education sessions, known as charlas 
  • Healthy shopping tips and grocery tours to help people choose affordable and nutritious food
  • Cooking demonstrations that highlight healthy meals on a budget
  • Communications through digital and news media channels

Latino communities are disproportionately impacted by hunger, with food insecurity rates more than double for Hispanic (23.7 percent) and Black (26.1 percent) households compared to White (10.6 percent) households in 2013. Just over half of Latinos who are eligible for food assistance through SNAP are enrolled in this federal program. Latinos are also at greater risk of developing diet-related illnesses, according to the national nonprofit Feeding America.

“Support from the Walmart Foundation will enable us to continue delivering on our ongoing commitment to improve the lives of Hispanic Americans,” said Rita Carreón, Deputy Vice President of NCLR’s Institute of Hispanic Health. “Last year, NCLR’s Comprando Rico y Sano program reached more than 4.5 million Latinos with information about hunger resources and nutrition.”

“Collaboration and dedication are key to making a positive impact on the issue of hunger in local communities across the U.S. We’re proud to work with NCLR to support hunger relief and nutrition education for individuals and families in need. Thanks to the programs these grantees have implemented, thousands of underserved people will have access to emergency meals and information to help themselves and their families make healthier life choices,” said Carol May, Program Manager at the Walmart Foundation.

The grant awarded to NCLR is one of nine grants awarded to national nonprofit organizations totaling more than $5 million to fund nutrition education and emergency meal programs with a focus on reaching underserved populations.

In October of 2014, Walmart announced a commitment to create a more sustainable food system, with a focus on improving affordability by lowering the “true cost” of food for both customers and the environment, increasing access to food, making healthier eating easier, and improving the safety and transparency of the food chain. The commitment includes a goal of providing 4 billion meals to those in need and investing in programs that provide nutrition education for 4 million people by 2020.

For more information about the grant awarded to NCLR, visit NCLR's website.

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NCLR—the largest national Hispanic civil rights and advocacy organization in the United States—works to improve opportunities for Hispanic Americans. For more information on NCLR, please visit www.nclr.org or follow us on 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. We have stores in 28 countries, employing more than 2.2 million associates and doing business with thousands of suppliers who, in turn, employ millions of people. We 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 www.foundation.walmart.com.