It is estimated that more than 12 million children who qualify to receive a free or reduced-price lunch during the academic year may be deprived of this vital meal during the summer months when school is out. To help combat that trend locally, Boys & Girls Clubs of Edinburg RGV is the recipient of a little extra help in the form of a $3,000 Summer Servings grant through a partnership with Boys & Girls Clubs of America (BGCA) and the Walmart Foundation to ensure that Club members have access to nutritious meals and snacks this summer.

“With the current economic downturn, we’ve seen a decline in resources while simultaneously receiving a record number of requests from families and children in need — many of whom have never had to ask for public assistance,” said Sabrina Walker-Hernandez, Chief Professional Officer, Boys & Girls Clubs of Edinburg RGV. “This grant from the Walmart Foundation is greatly appreciated as it comes at a time when so many families are struggling to provide their children with healthy meals this summer. We are able to step up and help our families during these hard economic times.”

The Summer Servings grant will help Boys & Girls Clubs of Edinburg RGV provide 350 members with breakfast, lunch, snacks through its summer food program at both the El Tule Club 2020 and San Carlos Units

The collaboration between the Walmart Foundation and BGCA, is an example of how private-public partnerships can help alleviate some of the nation’s pressing problems, by combining efforts from corporate, non-profit and governmental sectors to ensure that Americans have access to wholesome meals.

“We continue to see the impact that the economy is having on our neighbors — they are stretching their budgets and looking to us for help in our stores and through our giving,” said Margaret McKenna, president of the Walmart Foundation. “Hunger relief is a cause that enables our company’s strengths to work for the greater good. From supporting summer feeding programs to donating food, we’re committed to doing all we can to help end hunger for our nation’s children, parents, homeless and all who have found themselves in need.”

The Walmart Foundation is working with BGCA to provide wholesome meals and snacks to more than 93,000 children, who may have otherwise gone without food over the summer. Boys & Girls Clubs of Edinburg RGV is one of 350 local Boys & Girls Clubs receiving assistance to aid the increasing number of Americans who lean on hunger relief organizations to provide for their families during difficult financial periods.

The funds provided by Walmart are part of its ongoing commitment to help people live better by fighting hunger and supporting U.S. food banks. With a new commitment to providing healthy, summer meals to children who receive free or reduced-price lunches during the school year, the Walmart Foundation is donating $7.8 million to expand its hunger relief efforts, of which BGCA is one of the beneficiaries.

The Boys & Girls Club has played an integral role in the Edinburg community for 38 years, providing daily programs and services to over 16,000 young people. During the School year the Club is open Monday — Friday, 3:30 p.m. — 8:00 p.m. and during the summer the hours are 7:30 a.m. -5:00 p.m. The Club offers programs that emphasize character and leadership development, education and career enhancement, health and life skills, the arts, and sport, fitness and recreation.

For more information about the Boys & Girls Clubs of Edinburg RGV or to make a contribution, call 383-2582, Sabrina Walker-Hernandez, Chief Professional Officer or log onto www.edinburgkids.com. The Boys & Girls Clubs of Edinburg RGV is a proud City of Edinburg partner and a United Way of South Texas agency.

About Boys & Girls Clubs of America

For more than 100 years, Boys & Girls Clubs of America (www.bgca.org) has helped kids “Be Great,” providing hope and opportunity for those who need it most. Today, more than 4,300 Clubs serve some 4.5 million young people through Club membership and community outreach. Known as The Positive Place for Kids, Boys & Girls Clubs can be found throughout the country and on U.S. military bases worldwide, providing young people 6-18 years old with guidance-oriented character development programs conducted by trained, professional staff. Clubs positively impact lives and help young people reach their full potential as productive, caring citizens. Key programs emphasize leadership development; education and career exploration; community service; technology training; financial literacy; health and life skills; the arts; sports, fitness and recreation; and family outreach. In a recent Harris Survey of Club alumni, 57 percent said the Club saved their lives. National headquarters are located in Atlanta.

About Philanthropy at Wal-Mart Stores, Inc.

Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. (NYSE: WMT) and the Walmart Foundation are proud to support the charitable causes that are important to customers and associates in their own neighborhoods. Through its philanthropic programs and partnerships, the Walmart Foundation funds initiatives focused on creating opportunities in education, workforce development, economic opportunity, environmental sustainability, and health and wellness. From February 1, 2008 through January 31, 2009, Walmart — and its domestic and international Foundations — gave more than $423 million in cash and in-kind gifts globally. To learn more, visit www.walmartfoundation.org.