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Walmart launches $2.6 million effort to expand summer services for L.A. kids


LOS ANGELES, Calif.–Walmart today announced $2.6 million in grants aimed at expanding nutrition, learning and employment services for Los Angeles students during the summer months.

The funding is part of a nationwide, $25 million initiative for elementary, middle and high school students.

Grants will be provided by Walmart and the Walmart Foundation to such groups as the Los Angeles Chamber of Commerce’s Los Angeles Youth at Work initiative, the Los Angeles Regional Food Bank, the Summer Night Lights anti-gang initiative and the Weingart-East Los Angeles YMCA.

“This summer, we’re stepping up our efforts to invest in our youth and local communities,” Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa said.

“This partnership with Walmart will help thousands of young Angelenos overcome barriers to employment during the summer months by providing skills training, access to nutritious meals, and educational opportunities,” he said.