Walmart awards grants to organizations from Louisiana, Mississippi, Nevada, Wisconsin, Texas, North Carolina, Georgia, Florida, Connecticut and Missouri
BENTONVILLE, Ark., Dec. 11, 2012 – On the second day of its “12 Days of Giving” holiday campaign, Walmart is awarding $100,000 to 10 nonprofits that are helping senior citizens in their local communities. One of the winning organizations, Helping Hands of Vegas Valley, serves its community by providing free services in the Las Vegas Valley to assist senior citizens with transportation and food as well as vouchers for short-term, temporary care to relieve family members who are caring for seniors in their homes.
Over twelve consecutive days, Walmart will award a total of $1.5 million to 140 organizations across the country that are providing basic needs and services such as food, shelter, clothing and medical care. Organizations receiving grants today are featured on Walmart’s Live Better tab on Facebook. The organizations serve communities in: Louisiana, Mississippi, Nevada, Wisconsin, Texas, North Carolina, Georgia, Florida, Connecticut and Missouri.
“More than 3.6 million adults age 65 and older live below the poverty line,” said Sylvia Mathews Burwell, president of the Walmart Foundation. “Through these grants, we want to support local organizations who are helping seniors live more fulfilled and stable lives and also say ‘thank you’ for all the wisdom and experience they’ve contributed.”
Walmart’s November call for submissions resulted in more than 21,677 nominations from Facebook users who submitted descriptions of each nonprofit’s impact in its local community. Submissions were initially reviewed by Walmart associates from across the company and then a panel from the Walmart Foundation selected the winning organizations.
The organizations being spotlighted today include:
|Nonprofit Name||City||State||Grant Amount|
|East Baton Rouge Council on Aging||Baton Rouge||LA||$10,000|
|HeartLand Hands Food Pantry||Southaven||MS||$10,000|
|Helping Hands of Vegas Valley||Las Vegas||NV||$10,000|
|Meals for the Elderly||San Angelo||TX||$10,000|
|Mobile Meals Ministry||Kannapolis||NC||$10,000|
|SOWEGA Council on Aging||Albany||GA||$10,000|
|Meals on Wheels Palm Beaches||West Palm Beach||FL||$10,000|
|Eliza Huntington Home||Norwich||CT||$10,000|
|Hannibal Senior Nutrition Center||Hannibal||MO||$10,000|
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 and Nutrition, Sustainability, Workforce 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. To date, Walmart has donated more than 1 billion pounds of food to those in need across the country. To learn more about Walmart’s giving, visit foundation.walmart.com.
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