TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (Nov. 5, 2015) – More than a dozen nonprofit organizations from across the state received much-needed grants today thanks to the Walmart Foundation’s State Giving Program. It’s all part of a statewide giving tour that kicked off earlier this year with a $1 million grant announcement. The grants fund hunger, education and health care access programs across the state.
Walmart continued the tour today with an additional $580,000 in grants to 14 Florida nonprofits.
The Walmart Foundation’s State Giving Program supports organizations that create opportunities so people can live better. The 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 gave more than $82 million in cash and in-kind contributions to charitable organizations throughout Florida.
“The Walmart Foundation is very pleased to be supporting these organizations that play such an important role in communities across the state,” said Jeff Caples, Walmart regional general manager for North Florida. “Our mission is to create opportunities so people can live better. It’s through grants such as these, in-kind donations from our stores and the countless hours our associates perform across the state that we are able to do just that.”
In 2014, Walmart delivered a year early on a 2010 commitment to contribute $2 billion to fight hunger. As part of that commitment, Walmart and the Walmart Foundation donated 1.1 billion meals to those in need, and helped Feeding America grow its capacity to rescue and distribute more perishable food across the U.S. in a sustainable, cost-effective way. In Florida, Walmart donated more than 43 million pounds of food to local food banks—nearly 36 million meals in the last fiscal year.
Walmart representatives alongside state and local officials continued the statewide giving tour with the recognition of the following nonprofits:
– Brevard County Field of Dreams Inc., Titusville: Field of Dreams received a $50,000 grant for its All Access Playground program.
– Florida Dental Association Foundation Inc., Tallahassee: The association received a $25,000 grant for the Florida Mission of Mercy program.
– Florida’s Vision Quest Inc., Orange City: The organization received a $50,000 grant for its Focus on School Success program.
– Guadalupe Center Inc., Immokalee: The organization received a $25,000 grant for its Tutor Corps program.
– Junior Achievement of Tampa Bay, Tampa: The association received a $25,000 grant for the Nutrition Program for low- to moderate-income JA program participants.
– Lifestream Behavioral Center Inc., Leesburg: The behavioral center received a $40,000 grant for its The Open Door program.
– Meals of Hope Inc., Naples: The organization received a $65,000 grant for its Kids Deserve Better: Weekend Meal Packs program.
– Mission in Citrus Inc., Crystal River: The organization received a $50,000 grant for its Angels on Wheels program.
– Overtown Youth Center Inc., Miami: The youth center received a $25,000 grant for its Youth Development Program.
– Pathways for Change, Pensacola: The organization received a $25,000 grant for its Everything Outdoors program.
– Senior Friendship Centers Inc., Naples: The association received a $90,000 grant for the Medical & Dental Equipment Upgrade & Program Expansion.
– The Conservancy of Southwest Florida Inc., Naples: The conservancy received a $25,000 grant for its STEM Learning Adventures Programs.
– Sulzbacher Center, Jacksonville: The homeless center received a $50,000 grant for its Sulzbacher Meals Program.
– United Way of The Big Bend Inc., Tallahassee: The organization received a $35,000 grant for its Smile United program.
To be considered for support, prospective grantee organizations must submit applications through the Walmart Foundation State Giving Program’s online grant application. Eligible applicants must have a current 501(c)(3) tax-exempt status in order to meet the program’s minimum funding criteria. Additional information about the program’s funding guidelines and application process are available online at foundation.walmart.com.
About Philanthropy at Walmart
By using our strengths to help others, Walmart and the Walmart Foundation create opportunities for people to live better every day. We have stores in 28 countries, employing more than 2.2 million associates and doing business with thousands of suppliers who, in turn, employ millions of people. We are helping people live better by accelerating upward job mobility and economic development for the retail workforce; addressing hunger and making healthier, more sustainably-grown food a reality; and building strong communities where we operate and inspiring our associates to give back. Whether it is helping to lead the fight against hunger in the United States with $2 billion in cash and in-kind donations or supporting Women’s Economic Empowerment through a series of grants totaling $10 million to the Women in Factories training program in Bangladesh, China, India and Central America, Walmart and the Walmart Foundation are not only working to tackle key social issues, we are also collaborating with others to inspire solutions for long-lasting systemic change. To learn more about Walmart’s giving, visit www.foundation.walmart.com.