August 20, 2014 at 3:15 AM
Walmart and The Community Soup Kitchen of Morristown and Outreach Center welcomed 90 local children to take part in a program to become healthier kids.
The Walmart Foundation provided a $25,000 grant to the Community Soup Kitchen and Outreach Center through the Foundation’s State Giving Program. This grant enables the Community Soup Kitchen to continue to provide hot nutritional meals three times a day, 365 days a year. An estimated 300 individuals are served each day since the opening of its doors in 1984.
“Walmart and the Walmart Foundation are proud to continue to support the efforts of The Community Soup Kitchen of Morristown as well as “Growing Healthy Kids” program,” said Jennifer Hoehn, Director of Public Affairs and Government Relations in New Jersey for Walmart.
The donation allowed the Community Soup Kitchen to host a program called “Growing Healthy Kids.” This program provided interactive games and activities to teach kids of local working families about the importance of healthy eating and good nutrition. The event concluded with a healthy meal and snacks provided by Walmart.
The Community Soup Kitchen sites statistics that state $7 out of over $10 dollars in a low income family’s budget goes to basic needs such as housing, clothing, transportation and food, leaving the remaining money to be spent on food. Understanding the need for good nutrition is important for a child’s development and academic success.
In addition to providing a hot meal, individuals were introduced to medical and social support services to learn the necessary information in order to become independent members of the community.
The “Growing Healthy Kids” program focuses on teaching healthy lifestyle habits, which include healthy eating and the importance of physical activity.