TAMPA, Fla. – Walmart and the Walmart Foundation last week kicked off a Florida statewide giving tour that awarded more than $1.1 million in grants to 26 nonprofits across the state for hunger relief, healthy eating and career opportunity. It’s all part of the Foundation’s State Giving Program. They also announced that over the last fiscal year Walmart donated more than $78 million in cash and in-kind contributions to charitable organizations throughout Florida. The Florida contributions are one piece of the $1.42 billion dollars total giving by Walmart and the Walmart Foundation during FY16.
“Walmart’s considerable investments in local communities are an example of positive corporate citizenship,” said State Representative Richard Corcoran, Speaker-designate of the Florida House of Representatives. “Individuals, motivated by a spirit of charity to their fellow Floridians, can make a real difference for the neediest among us, and we are grateful for Walmart’s continued investment in communities across Florida.”
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. In October 2014, Walmart and the Walmart Foundation announced a commitment to help feed a growing planet by enhancing the sustainability of the food system. The commitment will further Walmart’s goals of fighting hunger in the U.S. by improving access to food and includes a goal to provide four billion meals to those in need between 2015 and 2020. As part of that commitment, over the last fiscal year, Walmart donated nearly 41 million pounds of food to local food banks—more than 34 million meals—in Florida. Associates also volunteered more than 93,000 hours with Florida nonprofits through the Volunteerism Always Pays program.
“Walmart and the Walmart Foundation are committed to strengthening communities in places where we operate throughout Florida,” said Monesia Brown, Walmart State Giving Council Chair in Florida. “We’re very pleased to be supporting deserving organizations such as these 26 Florida nonprofits, not only in the form of grants, but also through in-kind donations and countless hours volunteered by our associates.”
Last week, Walmart representatives alongside state and local officials kicked off the statewide giving tour recognizing 26 of the nonprofit recipients at events in Tampa and Fort Lauderdale, including:
North Florida: $260,000
• Americas Second Harvest Of The Big Bend Inc., Tallahassee, received a $45,000 grant for its food bank operations.
• Bread of the Mighty Food Bank, Inc., Gainesville, received a $48,000 grant for its food pantry program.
• National Association Of Senior Veterans Inc., Green Cove Springs, received a $40,000 grant for its Forgotten Warrior Project (FWP).
• St. Johns County Council On Aging, Inc., St. Augustine, received a $52,000 grant for commercial kitchen equipment for home-delivered and senior center meal preparation.
• The Salvation Army, Jacksonville, received a $25,000 grant for hunger relief for low-income families.
• Waterfront Rescue Mission, Pensacola, received a $50,000 grant for its From Hunger to Hope program.
Central Florida (Tampa-Orlando Super Region): $418,000
• Christian Service Center of Central Florida, Orlando, received a $50,000 grant for its Love Pantry program in Orange County Public Schools.
• Feeding Tampa Bay, Tampa, received a $100,000 grant for its perishable recovery program.
• Help Ministries, Largo, received a $25,000 grant to help with food insecurity throughout Pinellas County and its surrounding communities.
• Homeless Emergency Project, Clearwater, received a $25,000 grant for its meal service program.
• Lighthouse Gospel Mission, Riverview, received a $46,000 grant for its mobile food pantry and benefits enrollment initiative.
• The Path of Citrus County, Inverness, received a $50,000 grant for The Path Farm. The Path farms 15 acres to grow seasonal vegetables. The project supports the work therapy program for men and women at The Path’s rescue mission and benefits the community through a Farm Co-op.
• Trinity Café, Tampa, received a $40,000 grant for its growing hunger relief services.
• We Care Food Pantry, Homosassa, received a $32,000 grant to strengthen its food bank capacity.
• YMCA of the Suncoast, Clearwater, received a $50,000 grant for healthy eating for youth in its afterschool programs and camps
Southwest Florida: $87,000
• Florida Gulf Coast University, Fort Myers, received a $55,000 grant for its Fit for Kids program.
• Pan-Florida Challenge, Naples, received a $32,000 grant for its Power Pack Program. In partnership with local school districts and other providers, the program provides meals to hungry kids across five counties, every weekend, all school year.
Southeast Florida: $385,000
• Boca Helping Hands Inc. Boca Raton, received a $25,000 grant for its BHH Backpack Program, helping provide food for elementary school children on the weekend.
• Boys & Girls Clubs of Broward County, Fort Lauderdale, received a $25,000 grant for its Defeating Food Insecurity Program, which provides meal packs containing food for families to take home over the weekend.
• Broward Partnership For The Homeless Inc., Fort Lauderdale, received a $40,000 grant for emergency food for those experiencing homelessness.
• Pantry Of Broward Inc., Fort Lauderdale, received a $50,000 grant for its senior housing and homebound food delivery program.
• Poverello Center Inc., Wilton Manors, received a $25,000 grant for reducing hunger and malnutrition within the HIV/AIDS population in Broward County.
• Star Of The Sea Foundation Inc., Key West, received a $65,000 grant for the Monroe County Community Kitchen and SNAP outreach.
• United Jewish Community Of Broward County Inc., Davie, received a $50,000 grant for support of its WECARE program.
• United Way Of Broward County, Fort Lauderdale, received a $30,000 grant for its MISSION UNITED veteran employment and career development program.
• Women In Distress Of Broward County Inc., Lighthouse Point, received a $75,000 grant for its shelter food 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.
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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 2.3 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 http://foundation.walmart.com.