More than 260 participants Attend Cooking Matters® Day at Walmart’s Georgia Avenue Location
Washington, D.C. – More than 260 Washington, D.C. residents learned new skills for buying healthy food on a limited budget today, during a Cooking Matters® Day at Walmart’s Georgia Avenue Supercenter on April 29. The No Kid Hungry campaign, developed by Share Our Strength and nationally sponsored by the Walmart Foundation, runs the Cooking Matters® store tours which are led by trained volunteers. The program teaches shoppers to compare unit prices, read food labels, find whole grains and buy more fruits and vegetables.
“In D.C., one in five kids can’t count on getting the food they need every day” says David Sloan, director of the Maryland No Kid Hungry campaign. “Our Cooking Matters at the Store program equips parents with skills to shop for healthy food on a tight budget, so there’s enough food on the dinner table at night.”
After the tour, participants were provided a $10 gift card, a portion of which were donated by Walmart, to apply the skills they learned to buy ingredients that would make a healthy meal for a family of four. Tour participants also received a recipe workbook and a reusable grocery bag.
“We were thrilled to host Cooking Matters in our store today and to support our customers in their goal to save money and live better,” said Nina Albert, Walmart Director of Public Affairs and Government Relations. “At Walmart, our goal is to help families eat better for less by providing them access to nutritious and affordable healthy food. Through these tours, we hope to empower our shoppers by equipping them with the tools and knowledge they need to shop smart and save more.”
A survey released by No Kid Hungry found that 85 percent of low-income families want to make healthy meals, but only about half are able to do so on a regular basis. Families cited the cost of healthy groceries as their primary obstacle. To learn more, visit CookingMatters.org.
About the Maryland No Kid Hungry Campaign
Cooking Matters is an initiative of the No Kid Hungry campaign. No child should go hungry in America, but 1 in 5 kids will face hunger this year. Using proven, practical solutions, No Kid Hungry is ending childhood hunger today by ensuring that kids start the day with a nutritious breakfast and families learn the skills they need to shop and cook on a budget. When we all work together, we can make sure kids get the healthy food they need. No Kid Hungry is a campaign of national anti-hunger organization Share Our Strength. Join us at NoKidHungry.org.
About Philanthropy at Walmart
Walmart and the Walmart Foundation are committed to helping people live better through philanthropic efforts that draw on the strengths of Walmart in the arenas of sustainability, economic opportunity, and community. As part of our commitment to creating a more sustainable food system worldwide, Walmart and the Walmart Foundation are leading the fight against hunger in the United States. They recently exceeded a $2 billion goal to fight hunger one year ahead of schedule and have donated more than 1.5 billion pounds of food to those in need across the country. To learn more about Walmart’s giving, visit www.foundation.walmart.com.