Colorado Springs community centers earn grant to fight hunger in children

The City of Colorado Springs Parks, Recreation and Cultural Services Department, in partnership with the National Recreation and Park Association, received a $40,000 grant from the Wal-Mart Foundation to support summer feeding programs. Wal-Mart gave $1.5 million to 28 park and recreation agencies across the U.S.

“Helping children and families in our local community is a key objective of our City community centers,” said Brian Kates, director of Meadows Park Community Center. “We are thrilled to be a part of NRPA’s national effort to combat hunger, particularly in these troubled economic times, and are pleased that Wal-Mart has lent their support to Colorado Springs.”

An estimated 5,000 local children will be served through this grant this summer.

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Amber Baillie
A Colorado native, Amber Baillie graduated from the University of Northern Colorado with a bachelor’s degree in journalism and mass communications. For over three years, she wrote for the Air Force Academy's official base newspaper and has written articles for Your Boulder and the Cheyenne and Woodmen Editions. For the Business Journal, she covers cyber, aerospace and defense, and nonprofit news.