Michigan YMCA Receives $40,000 Grant

A Michigan YMCA in Greater Grand Rapids Receives $40,000 Grant

The six-week Cooking Matters program provides culinary and nutrition professionals who teach about meal preparation, grocery shopping, food budgeting, and hands-on nutrition education. Every week, the class uses everyday foods to create healthy, affordable, and delicious meals. After the class is over, participants are supplied with a bag of groceries, which allows them the opportunity to make the meals that they learned with their families and practice their culinary skills.

“We are grateful for this contribution, which will assist the Y’s efforts to win the fight against childhood hunger and build behaviors that improve nutrition in our community,” said Julie Sielawa, YMCA of Greater Grand Rapids’ Executive Director of ACTIVATE. “The Walmart Foundation is a wonderful partner in our mission to address the problem of hunger and lack of nutrition education in West Michigan and across the state.”

Walmart presents grant check to Michigan YMCA

Walmart presents grant check to Michigan YMCA

During the check presentation ceremony, Debbie Haas, Manager of the Comstock Park Walmart, presented the check to Julie Sielawa during a Cooking Matters program session.

“At the Walmart Foundation, we understand that organizations such as the YMCA of Greater Grand Rapids are essential to building stronger communities.  They share our values and are committed to helping families in need live better,” said Haas. “Through this donation, we are hopeful that residents in Grand Rapids, Michigan will learn to select nutritious low-cost ingredients and prepare them in ways that provide the best nourishment possible for their families.”

Cooking Matters fights hunger and builds lasting healthy behaviors by enabling families to make healthy food choices on a limited budget. Specifically, this grant will positively impact the local community by showing participants that healthy food is affordable when armed with the knowledge and the financial management skills that Cooking Matters advocates.

Cooking Matters Program from YMCA

Cooking Matters Program from YMCA

As part of Walmart’s commitment to fight hunger, Walmart stores in Michigan donated 12,786,644 pounds of food, in their 2015 fiscal year, or the equivalent of 10,655,537 meals. Additionally, Walmart and the Walmart Foundation gave more than $25,000,000 to Michigan nonprofits. The Walmart Foundation’s State Giving Program supports organizations, like the YMCA of Greater Grand Rapids, that create opportunities so people can live better, awarding grants that have a long-lasting, positive impact on communities across the U.S. To be considered for support, more information about the program’s funding guidelines and application process is available online at www.walmartfoundation.org/stategiving.

The closest YMCA for Community Edge readers in the North Oakland Family YMCA in Auburn Hills.

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