Partnership With Native Americans (PWNA) has announced a $258,000 grant received from the Walmart Foundation that will help fund programs supporting nutrition and healthier living on reservations PWNA assists across the nation.

The grant will be used to address critical needs of Native Americans who suffer from the highest poverty rates in the United States, yet receive less than 1% of the nation’s charitable giving. Funds will support enhanced food distribution, nutritional education, community garden projects, and provide a mobile nutrition and training unit for tribal communities in the US Southwest.

“The Walmart Foundation’s grant will allow PWNA to further champion improved health and nutrition for people living in the remote and often isolated tribal communities we serve,” said Robbi Rice Dietrich, PWNA president and chief executive officer. “Our hope is to create healthier, more nutritious food options and support Native American partner programs working toward long-term self-sustainment.”

This funding will support—and expand—existing services offered by PWNA through its regional offices in Phoenix AZ and Rapid City SD. PWNA transports food and supplies from these locations to tribal communities in the Northern Plains and Southwest every week, and funds community investment projects to increase food sovereignty.

PWNA will use the Walmart Foundation grant to:

•Provide fresh produce distribution at eight Elder Nutrition Centers

•Distribute emergency food supplies for thousands of people through food pantries

•Equip a mobile nutrition and training unit for use in Southwest communities

•Provide thousands of children nutritious snack and juice service through food pantries

•Support 10 community garden projects and provide garden training

The Corporate Social Responsibility Newswire website recently published an article spotlighting another area in which the Walmart Foundation has provided relief:

Walmart and the Walmart Foundation have made a commitment to provide support through cash and in-kind donations of $250,000 to organizations helping with relief efforts for those affected by the floods in West Virginia. Working closely with the Salvation Army, American Red Cross, and Team Rubicon, coordination efforts are being made with elected officials and governmental entities across the region to meet the needs of those affected by the overwhelming flooding in the West Virginia region.

“Part of our daily commitment to customer service includes helping the communities we serve in times of disaster,” said Chris Rockenstein, market manager for Walmart in Charleston WV. “We try to do everything we can to help our customers and associates with their needs and will continue to work closely with local officials.“

A non-profit organization, PWNA is committed to championing hope for a brighter future for Native Americans living on remote, geographically isolated, and often impoverished reservations. The organization collaborates with its reservation partners to provide immediate relief and support long-term solutions for strong, self-sufficient Native American communities.

For more information, see www.nativepartnership.org.