The Walmart Foundation and the Alice L. Walton Foundation have given $350,000 in grants to support a program aimed at fighting food insecurity in northwest Arkansas.
The grants will also support promotional efforts and nutrition education, including cooking demonstrations at markets.
Participating farmers markets include:
- Bentonville Farmers Market
- Fayetteville Farmers Market
- Goshen Farmers Market
- Gravette Farmers Market
- Downtown Rogers Farmers Market
- Rogers Local Food Market
- Siloam Springs Farmers Market
- Springdale Farmers’ Market
- The Food Conservancy of NWA in Springdale
The program, founded in 2012, is administered by UAMS.
“Food insecurity is a strong predictor of diet-related chronic diseases,” Amy Wenger, vice chancellor of the UAMS Northwest Regional Campus, said in a news release. “We are grateful to both the Walmart Foundation and the Alice L. Walton Foundation for their generosity and their commitment to improve access to high-quality nutritious foods for low-income individuals in Benton and Washington counties.”