The Walmart Foundation said Thursday a $2.5 million grant to support a program that teaches families how to select and cook nutritious foods on a budget.
The grant will make available Share Our Strength's Cooking Matters program to 107,500 Americans, the foundation said in a statement. The program helps low-income families develop more healthful eating habits through interactive shopping tours that teach how to buy produce on a budget, to compare unit prices of foods, to read labels and to identify whole grains, the foundation said.
The grant also supports six-week courses on cooking, food budgeting and nutrition in California, Colorado, the District of Columbia, Georgia, Florida, Illinois, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, New York, Ohio, Oregon, Texas and Washington.
Share Our Strength, an organization that works to combat childhood hunger in America, says that while 85 percent of low-income families believe healthful eating is important, only half are able to prepare nutritious meals regularly.