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Office of the Mayor - Aug. 2, 2018

Winston-Salem is one of six cities selected to receive a grant and technical assistance from the National League of Cities to expand the use of federal nutrition programs to fight hunger in the community.

The city will receive $115,500 to work with local agencies to increase participation in after-school and summer feeding programs for students and the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program for low-income households.

Earlier this year the city was selected to attend the NLC's CHAMPS: Cities Combating Hunger Leadership Academy in Kansas City, Mo.  Cities chosen to participate became eligible to apply for grants to expand their anti-hunger initiatives.

Mayor Allen Joines said the grant will further the city’s efforts to combat poverty. "Hunger and food insecurity were identified as a core issue by the Poverty Thought Force. This grant aligns with some of its recommendations and will help maximize our community’s use of federal nutrition programs."

Council Member Denise D. Adams, who attended the leadership academy on behalf of the city, said, "Adequate nutrition is the foundation for good health, for success in school and for successful communities. This grant will allow us to collaborate with organizations that share our vision of eliminating hunger in Winston-Salem."

Since 2012, NLC's Institute for Youth, Education, and Families, in partnership with the Food Research and Action Center, has worked to reduce childhood hunger by expanding participation in federally subsidized afterschool and summer meals programs through the Cities Combating Hunger Through Afterschool and Summer Meal Programs (CHAMPS) initiative.

With support from the Walmart Foundation, NLC has supported 71 cities serving more than 12 million meals to over 140,000 children through federal afterschool and summer meal programs over the last six years.

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