The WeekEnd Backpack (WEB) program receives a $35,000 Grant from the Walmart Foundation to continue providing food for students
Antigo, WI – January 2018 –The WeekEnd Backpack (WEB) program received a $35,000 grant from the Walmart Foundation’s State Giving Program to assist with providing food for students.
WEB’s goal is to sustain Antigo’s future through nutritional support and education with easy to prepare food for school aged children during the school year. Currently, ten schools in the Unified District of Antigo are being served through the WEB program, with an average of 300 kids receiving food weekly. This Walmart Foundation grant will allow WEB to continue providing food resources for students.
“We are very grateful to the Walmart Foundation for the opportunity to continue this program for the community,” said Meghan Mattek, WEB committee member.
The program was created and implemented as a response to the consistent and alarming high percentage of children eligible for free and reduced lunch in our community. The group has partnered with UW- Extension research team to establish measurable data sets to see if the program is working towards positive outcomes.
The food provided in the backpacks for students on the weekends goes directly to the children. Other resources are included in the bags such as newsletters with simple family recipes and an introduction to nutrition education. The program will grow to meet the demands and numbers of hungry children on weekends as well as encourage community participation by rallying around a strong community cause.
“Walmart is proud to partner with The WeekEnd Backpack program, as they have demonstrated a steadfast commitment to providing food to students in need,” said Todd Peterson, Walmart regional general manager. “Children are the heart and soul of our communities, and with these funds, hundreds will receive the vital support they need to be successful both inside and outside the classroom.”
Students can apply for the program through their school secretary or guidance counselor. Each backpack, for the entire school year, costs approximately $160.
The Walmart Foundation’s State Giving Program supports organizations that create opportunities so people can live better, awarding grants that have a long-lasting, positive impact on communities across the U.S.
In FY17, Walmart and the Walmart Foundation gave more than $28.03 million in cash and in-kind contributions last fiscal year to support nonprofit organizations and programs in Wisconsin focused on fighting hunger and healthy eating, veteran reintegration, workforce development, disaster preparedness and other needs specific to many Wisconsin communities.
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 http://www.foundation.walmart.com.
Green Bay Packer Foundation Grant Award
Antigo Community Food Pantry is a 2017 recipient of a $5,000 Green Bay Packer Foundation Grant in support of our Nutritional Policy. We will utilize the grant to create MyPlate signage, educational materials, and purchase fresh produce, particularly carrots for distribution. The grant will allow us to focus on three main areas:
- Improving the quality of donated food
- Catalyzing positive changes in clients' nutritional choices
- Support community health goals