Jacksonville, FL (August 6, 2019)  – Feeding Northeast Florida, a nonprofit community food bank, today announced a $51,600 grant from the Walmart Foundation to help fight hunger in North Florida through Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) application assistance. With this grant, Feeding Northeast Florida will scale access to SNAP among eligible households, with particular emphasis on reaching seniors.

SNAP is a federal nutrition program dedicated to helping millions of people who face hunger. Yet, more than 15 percent of Americans eligible for SNAP currently do not receive this benefit. Seniors are disproportionately affected by food insecurity and barriers to SNAP access. Among seniors, 58 percent of eligible individuals are not enrolled in SNAP.

SNAP provides more than nutrition assistance. In fact, participation in SNAP is linked to reduced health care costs. SNAP improves food security, offers benefits that enable families to purchase healthier foods, and frees up household resources that can be used for preventative services and needed medical care.

“Hunger impacts every county in the United States. One in five people in North Florida do not have regular access to enough food for a healthy, active life. At Feeding Northeast Florida we are committed to helping seniors in our community who face a higher incidence of food insecurity,” said President and CEO of Feeding Northeast Florida Susan King.

Feeding Northeast Florida works with SNAP to ensure more people in need of food get healthy, nutritious meals. For more information on applying for SNAP, contact Feeding Northeast Florida at feedingnefl.org.

Walmart and the Walmart Foundation provide donations of both food and funds to the Feeding America nationwide network of 200 food banks.

For more information, please visit https://www.feedingnefl.org/.

About Feeding Northeast Florida

Feeding Northeast Florida works daily to provide healthy food and critical resources to those locally struggling with food insecurity across eight regional counties. In 2018, more than 14 million meals were distributed throughout Northeast Florida through the organization’s robust hunger-relief network of 160 partners and programs. For more information about Feeding Northeast Florida, visit https://www.feedingnefl.org/.

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