LEEDS — Through a grant provided to Rural Community Action’s Hunger Prevention Services, Walmart made available funding for hunger projects in 14 rural towns recently. Funds were provided to the Tri-Town Food Pantry, to food pantries in Canton, Sumner, Buckfield and Hartford, as well as Sabattus, Winthrop/Wayne, Monmouth, Leeds, Greene and Turner.
School projects in Monmouth, Greene and Leeds send food-filled backpacks home with children who need them each weekend. Spruce Mountain Primary, Carrie Ricker, Oak Hill High School and Turner Primary School have in-school food pantries that benefited from the Walmart grant.
In addition to the financial assistance provided to the schools and pantries from the grant, RCAM was able to purchase seeds and seedlings for its gardening program that, along with tilling, allowed families to grow and preserve their own food. Other projects funded by the grant included the provision of snacks to summer school students, storage shelving for one of the food pantries and a refrigerator.