Walmart grants BHH $25,000 for BHH Backpacks Program

Boca Helping Hands
Boca Helping Hands
May 12, 2016

Wal-Mart Foundation
Supports BHH Backpacks with a Grant

 

                Over 58% of American school children receive their primary meal each day at school, through the free and reduced lunch program.  The Wal-Mart Foundation has made a generous grant of $25,000 to Boca Helping Hands to ensure that these children have adequate food on the weekends.

                For over five years, BHH Backpacks has sent home Backpacks every Friday during the school year to elementary school children in our area.  These backpacks contain six meals, two snacks and two juice boxes…effectively providing weekend food for an elementary school child. The children consume the food on Saturday and Sunday, returning the backpacks to their school on Monday, where the process begins all over again, 35 weeks a year.

                This year, BHH will be serving nine local elementary schools, with some 1,400 children receiving weekend food.  BHH Executive Director James S. Gavrilos commented on receiving this grant:  “Wal-Mart and the Wal-Mart Foundation firmly believe in supporting the local community.  Their commitment to BHH Backpacks is so important to the success of this program.  Is anything more critical than ensuring that our young students have adequate food on the weekend?  A hungry child can neither concentrate nor learn, and without an education, they are condemned to repeating the cycle of poverty.”

               Thank you to Walmart Foundation for this generous grant and your continued support of Boca Helping Hands. 

                For further information on BHH Backpacks, contact James S. Gavrilos at:  jgavrilos@bocahelpinghands.org

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