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Walmart Foundation Gives $750K to Fight Food Insecurity in Northwest Arkansas

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The Northwest Arkansas Food Insecurity Community of Practice announced it has received a $750,000 grant from the Walmart Foundation, the charitable arm of Walmart Inc. of Bentonville, that will help it continue to fight hunger in northwest Arkansas.

The Community of Practice is a collaboration between UAMS and more than 20 regional organizations. Member organizations work together to cultivate new strategies to address recurring problems related to food insecurity.

Since its launch in 2020, the group has worked to increase access to nutrition programs and has focused on improving equitable and inclusive healthy food access, such as installing food lockers at a partner pantry, training and building capacity at community-based organizations to boost outreach for nutrition programs, and encouraging the sharing of information and resources among local organizations.

In a news release, the group said it plans to add members from the education and health care sectors, develop two new pilot projects focused on increasing access to nutrition programs and create new approaches for food distribution over the next 18 months.

Last year, the U.S. Department of Agriculture reported that Arkansas had the highest level of food insecurity in the country, with an estimated 16.6% of households struggling to put healthy food on the table.

“Thanks to the generosity of the Walmart Foundation and the commitment of individuals and organizations across Northwest Arkansas, we will continue to address food insecurity and ensure every person has access to healthy food,” Bonnie Faitak, associate director of community programs at the UAMS Institute for Community Health Innovation, said in the release.

 

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