Walmart Foundation Awards Upward Transitions with $25,000 Grant to Support Upgrades to Food Pantry

Donation will bring hunger relief to Oklahoma City residents

OKLAHOMA CITY (August 28, 2014)  – Recently, the Walmart Foundation provided a $25,000 grant to Upward Transitions through the Foundation’s State Giving Program in order to assist with stocking and upgrading their food pantry.   Specifically, this grant will positively impact the local community by providing much needed resources to thousands of individuals.

“We’re honored to receive this generous grant from the Walmart Foundation,” said Dana Hope Chism, executive director, Upward Transitions. “We serve thousands of individuals and families through our food pantry, and thanks to the kindness of the Walmart Foundation, we’ll be able to continue to make sure our clients don’t go hungry.”  

Upward Transitions offers a wide variety of programs, including financial assistance with rent and utilities, relocation for victims of domestic violence and transitional housing for homeless families.  Upward Transitions also directs clients to resources that assist with life skills training and education to improve their employment potential. 

“At the Walmart Foundation, we understand that organizations such as Upward Transitions are essential to building stronger communities. They share our values and are committed to helping those in need in the communities we serve,” said Holly Luke, Walmart vice president and regional general manager. “Through this grant, we are hopeful that those in need will feel a positive effect, and through that effect our impact will be expanded.”

The Walmart Foundation’s State Giving Program supports organizations that create opportunities so people can live better, awarding grants that have a long-lasting, positive impact on communities across the U.S.

To be considered for support, prospective grantee organizations must submit applications through the Walmart Foundation State Giving Program’s online grant application. Applicants must have a current 501(c)(3) tax-exempt status in order to meet the program’s minimum eligibility criteria. Additional information about the program’s funding guidelines and application process are available online at www.walmartfoundation.org/stategiving.

As part of Walmart’s $2 billion commitment to fight hunger through 2015, Walmart stores in Oklahoma donated 15 million pounds of food, in fiscal year 2014, or the equivalent of 13 million meals. Additionally, Walmart and the Walmart Foundation gave more than $30 million in fiscal year 2014 in Oklahoma alone.  For more information on Walmart’s fight against hunger, visit http://foundation.walmart.com/our-focus/hunger.

About Upward Transitions
For nearly 90 years, Upward Transitions has touched the lives of Oklahomans, elevating those in need, stranded or homeless to a position of self-sufficiency.  

For more information, or to make a donation to Upward Transitions, call (405) 232-5507, email info@upwardtransitions.org or go to www.upwardtransitions.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.

 

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