The Walmart Foundation presented the Children’s Attention Home in Rock Hill with a donation to support a new nutrition program.
The foundation, which has given $511,606 to South Carolina organizations so far this year, gave $32,615 to start a nutrition education and food management training program for young adults at the Children’s Attention Home, a congregate foster care agency that provides a wide variety of services for children from birth through age 21.
“(The Walmart Foundation) is instrumental for us in getting our Independent Living Program going,” said Phil Hynes, the chief executive officer with the Children’s Attention Home.
The Independent Living Program is designed to help these young adults transition into adulthood.
Before the check presentation at Wednesday’s board meeting, kids at the Children’s Attention Home sat in the dining hall and ate lunch, surrounded by a mural and paintings of food, done by kids while they lived in the Home.
To the current children, it was just lunch, with some extra grown-ups hanging around. They smiled and laughed and talked, eating grilled chicken, brown rice, salad and watermelon, all very healthy foods.
Before the formal check presentation, Kurt Herkert with the Walmart Foundation said it’s sometimes difficult to explain to the foundation why a certain program needs assistance and what it is exactly that they do.
“But this organization is very clear,” he said.
The Children’s Attention Home provides emergency care and services to abused, abandoned and neglected children in South Carolina. While the home can hold 42 children, there are currently 35 living in the facility, Hynes said.