WalmartWe are happy to announce that the Walmart Foundation has just approved a grant of $50,000, to be used for our Low Income Food and Enrichment (LIFE) program. Because of this award, Meals on Wheels of Albuquerque will be able to serve an additional 7,692 meals to approximately 30 poor, homebound, and medically-challenged clients through the program. This is the second year in a row in which the Walmart Foundation has provided such a generous grant.

“Since we receive no state or federal funds, grants like this help us keep our doors open and our wheels turning. We serve over 500 meals each day; this Walmart Foundation grant will help us meet that need.” said Shauna Kessler-Frost, Executive Director for Meals on Wheels of Albuquerque.

 This gift comes at a crucial time as more and more New Mexicans, in particular seniors, are seeking meal assistance. Of the 280,000 seniors in the state, nearly one in five faces the threat of hunger daily. In a new study conducted by Brown University titled, “More Than a Meal,” researchers found that home-delivered meal programs, such as LIFE, improved older adults’ overall health and well-being, and have the potential to decrease healthcare costs.

The LIFE program provides free or subsidized meals to approximately 142 adults and seniors who are struggling with poverty and illness, as well as the isolation that comes from being homebound.