Walmart Helps DC Churches Address Hunger

Retailer provides $400,000 to expand capacity, increase distribution & improve nutrition efforts at faith-based institutions throughout the city

Washington, D.C., November 17, 2011 – As many feeding programs prepare for the busy holiday season, Walmart today announced “Project Kitchen Table,” a pilot program designed to strengthen feeding programs at Washington, D.C. churches serving diverse communities.

Through this initiative, Walmart provided $400,000 in grants and collaborated with several national faith-based organizations, local hunger groups and local churches to establish operational and programmatic training programs for the churches and the purchase of healthy food items.

The Project Kitchen Table organizations include Esperanza, the Conference of National Black Churches (CNBC), the Capitol Area Food Bank and DC Hunger Solutions.

The local participating churches are:

  • Emory United Methodist Church (6100 Georgia Ave., NW)
  • Iglesia de Dios Pentecostal: Movimiento Internacional (3115 South Dakota Ave., NE)
  • Iglesia Evangelica Apostoles y Profetas (1409 Manchester Ln., NW)
  • Israel Baptist Church (1251 Saratoga Ave., NE)
  • Israel Metropolitan CME Church (557 Randolph St., NW)
  • Holy Spirit Pentecostal – Manos que Ayudan (129 Kennedy St., NW)
  • Metropolitan African Methodist Episcopal Church (1518 M. St., NW)
  • New Samaritan Baptist Church (1100 Florida Ave., N.E.)
  • Pentecostal Church of God Emanuel, Inc. (4411 16th St., NW)

 

“Churches are often on the front lines in the fight against hunger and we want to do our part to ensure that they have the resources they need to make a difference,” said Alex Barron, Regional General Manager and Senior Director, Walmart. “Walmart has a long track-record of giving in the city and we hope this program will help serve more families in need.”

In 2010, one in five Washington, D.C. residents was at risk of or experienced hunger. In addition, recent USDA reports found that food insecurity rates are substantially higher in Hispanic and African-American households throughout the nation.

Project Kitchen Table aims to address hunger and food access issues while promoting healthy living within Hispanic and African-American communities throughout the Washington area. Specifically, the initiative aims to help increase the number of meals churches are able to distribute, strengthen and build both operational and programmatic capacity, improve the nutritional value of the meals served and disseminate educational information to church and community members.

The program will be executed by Esperanza, one of the largest U.S. Hispanic faith-based networks focused on building Hispanic communities, and supported by the CNBC. CNBC is a national leadership that serves as a unified voice of nine Black denominations that sees to improve the quality of life for African Americans. Together, these organizations will provide the Project Kitchen Table church partners with the tools and tips to sustain and further grow their existing senior feeding programs, community food delivery efforts and nutrition workshops, among other initiatives.

“A critical component of building and sustaining healthy communities is partnerships,” said the Reverend Luis Cortés Jr., president of Esperanza. “Walmart’s Project Kitchen Table is a collaboration that will not only empower the D.C. faith-based community, but will help to serve hundreds of Washingtonians in need by further building the capacity of the churches’ feeding programs. Esperanza is proud to lend its expertise in organizational capacity building in this effort of service to the Washington, D.C. community, as we work with the initiative’s partner churches.”

“Hunger is a solvable issue that impacts communities nationwide and the CNBC and its members have worked to feed the community for many years,” said Rev. W. Franklyn Richardson, Chairman of the Conference of National Black Churches. “Churches, nonprofit organizations, the private sector and government are doing their part to expand access to healthy and affordable food, but there is still more work to be done, especially in our nation’s capital. With funding and support from Walmart’s Project Kitchen Table, our participating member churches will make a greater impact and reach even more families to provide nutrition information and healthy meals to Washingtonians.”

Project Kitchen Table is an extension of Walmart’s $2 billion “Fighting Hunger Together” commitment of cash and in-kind donations toward hunger relief efforts in the U.S. and is one of the many ways the retailer is addressing hunger in the Washington, D.C. community. Last year, Walmart and the Walmart Foundation contributed more than $2.2 million in cash and in-kind gifts to D.C.-based nonprofit organizations including the D.C. Central Kitchen, Rachael’s Women’s Center and Capital Area Food Bank, among many others.

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