James Young

Interview: DIY Network’s James Young To Makeover 75 Food Pantries This Holiday


You are probably familiar with James Young as host of eight seasons and over 100 episodes of the popular DIY Network show, ‘I Hate My Kitchen’ where he tears up kitchens and revives them with his innovative designs on a budget. Now he is taking his love for the kitchen to a higher level.

James has recently launched a new program to makeover 75 local food pantries nationwide for the Holidays. Walmart will award $1.5 million in grants to 75 local food pantries to aid in the makeover.

With food insecurity rates very high, food pantries across the country will face great demands this Holiday season. To help meet the demand during this busy Holiday season, food pantries will require more than just meals to help families in need to put food on their tables. In support of local food pantries across the country, this December, Walmart will empower customers and associates to take part in the Food Pantry Holiday Makeovers campaign and help award $1.5 million in grants across 75 local food pantries. From December 2 to December 12, customers and associates can visit and cast one vote per day (a 24-hour time period) to help a participating food pantry. The 75 winning food pantries will beach receive a $20,000 grant to help them purchase items like new kitchen and storage equipment, furniture, paint, or other supplies that are needed to continue providing fresh meals and exceptional service to local communities.

 James Young

This cause is close to James Young’s heart. Take a look as he shares more details below:


49 million Americans, including more than 12 million children, struggle with hunger at some point during the year, and winter the Holidays bring special challenges to families in need. Now thanks to James Young and Walmart, families in need will have a reason to be joyful this Holiday season.

 James Young


To cast your vote for your favorite food pantry and the learn more about other ways you can help, visit

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Makeba Giles is a Digital Content Producer and Founder of Faith Health and Home, a digital space with information and resources for physical, emotional, and spiritual well-being to help families live an inspired lifestyle.

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