As part of Walmart’s commitment to fight hunger in Florida, Walmart and the Walmart Foundation today announced more than $940,000 in grants to 17 nonprofits from across the state for hunger relief programs.
“Walmart is uniquely positioned to help fight hunger here in Florida and create a long-lasting, positive impact in communities across the state,” said Monesia Brown, Walmart’s State Giving Program Council Chair. “Supporting local hunger-relief programs is one way in which we are doing just that, helping Florida children and families have access to nutritious food.”
Walmart and the Walmart Foundation have committed to provide four billion meals between 2015 and 2020 to people in need. Walmart aims to reach this goal through grants to charitable organizations and hunger-relief programs, as well as through food donations from Walmart stores, Sam’s Clubs and distribution centers.
In Florida during FY2017, Walmart and the Walmart Foundation helped local communities with more than $82 million in cash and in-kind contributions to Florida nonprofits, and Walmart donated nearly 45 million pounds of food to local Florida food banks – equivalent to more than 37.5 million meals.
Click here to learn more about Walmart and the Walmart Foundation’s commitments to fight hunger and provide nutrition education.
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 Walmart in Florida
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Florida State Giving Program Cycle 1 Grant Recipients:
· America’s Second Harvest of the Big Bend, Inc., Tallahassee, received $78,000 for its Healthy Food for Hungry Neighbors program.
· Food for Thought Outreach, Santa Rosa Beach, received $50,000 for its Food for Thought Backpack Program.
· Panama City Rescue Mission, Inc., Panama City, received $50,000 for its Meal Program.
· The School of Arts and Science, Tallahassee, received $40,000 for its Garden Program Expansion.
· Christian Service Center of Columbia County, Inc., Lake City, received $50,000 for its Hunger Relief Project.
· IM Sulzbacher Center for the Homeless, Inc., Jacksonville, received $60,000 for its Sulzbacher Meals Program.
Central Florida (Tampa-Orlando Super Region)
· Christian Service Center, Orlando, received $75,000 for its 2017 Love Pantry Program.
· Homeless Emergency Project, Inc., Clearwater, received $75,000 for its HEP Meal Services Program for Homeless Adults and Children.
· Jewish Family Services of Greater Orlando, Inc., Winter Park, received $40,000 for its Pearlman Emergency Food Pantry.
· All Faiths Food Bank, Sarasota, received $50,000 for its Food Bank – Backpack Program.
· Community Cooperative Ministries, Inc., Fort Myers, received $60,000 for its Community and School Mobile Pantry Program.
· Harry Chapin Food Bank of Southwest Florida, Inc., Fort Myers, received $42,000 for its Fighting Hunger, Feeding Kids program.
· Meals of Hope, Naples, received $50,000 for its a Year Without Hunger Project.
· Midwest Food Bank, Fort Myers, received $80,000 for its Warehouse Food Distribution program.
· Food of Life Outreach Ministries, Homestead, received $50,000 for The Emergency Food Assistance Program.
· Nova Southeastern University, Fort Lauderdale, received $45,000 for its Project Breakfast program.
· United Against Poverty, Inc., Vero Beach, received $50,000 for its UAP Protein Initiative.