TAMPA, Fla. (Aug. 25, 2014) – Trinity Café today received a $35,000 contribution to assist with its food program. The grant – which was given to the nonprofit organization through the Walmart Foundation’s State Giving Program – will help provide 15,000 meals to the homeless and hungry in the Tampa Bay area.
“In our community, the food insecure struggle with access to hot meals seven days a week. Hunger doesn’t take a weekend or holiday off,” said Cindy Davis, Trinity Cafe program director. “The Walmart Foundation’s goal of hunger relief aligns beautifully with Trinity Cafe’s service to provide food in an environment of dignity to the poverty-stricken. We are grateful for this funding that will directly impact so many hungry men, women and children.”
Since 2001, Trinity Café has been serving residents most in need throughout the Bay area. Every day, the organization serves more than 280 free, hot meals at its North Nebraska Avenue restaurant. Earlier this year, the nonprofit expanded its program from five to seven days a week to meet demand and the growing need. Approximately 100,000 individuals are fed each year through this program.
“Walmart and the Walmart Foundation are very pleased to be supporting Trinity Café, as their contribution to the community is so great,” said Elise Vasquez-Warner, Walmart’s regional general manager in Tampa. “We are committed to helping those in need in the communities where we serve and are hopeful that even more residents in the Tampa Bay area will receive a helping hand when most in need.”
The contribution to Trinity Café was made possible through the Walmart Foundation’s State Giving Program (SGP). Through this program, the Walmart Foundation supports organizations that create opportunities so people can live better. The Walmart Foundation State Giving Program strives to award grants that have a long-lasting, positive impact on communities across the U.S.
Over the last fiscal year, Walmart and the Walmart Foundation have given more than $67 million in cash and in-kind contributions to charitable organizations throughout Florida. Some of the local nonprofits that received grants from Walmart and the Walmart Foundation include Citrus United Basket in Inverness, Help Ministries in Largo and Lighthouse Ministries in Lakeland.
About Trinity Café
Trinity Cafe, a 501(c)(3), non-denominational charity has been a lifeline for the hungry and homeless in Tampa Bay since 2001, having served more than 929,000 restaurant-quality meals. We prepare more than 280 meals every day. Trinity Cafe’s mission is to restore a sense of dignity to the homeless and hungry while serving a nutritious meal. We faithfully treat all of God’s children with acceptance, compassion, love and respect. www.trinitycafe.org
About Philanthropy at Walmart
Walmart and the Walmart Foundation are committed to helping people live better through philanthropic efforts. By operating globally and giving back locally, Walmart is uniquely positioned to address the needs of the communities it serves and make a significant social impact within its core areas of giving: Hunger Relief & Healthy Eating, Sustainability, Career Opportunity and Women’s Economic Empowerment. Walmart and the Walmart Foundation are leading the fight against hunger in the United States with a $2 billion commitment through 2015. Walmart has donated more than 1 billion meals to those in need across the country. To learn more about Walmart’s giving, visit foundation.walmart.com.