Walmart Foundation Awards Little Dixie Community Action Agency with $50,000 Grant to Support Local Food Bank Programs

Donation will bring additional resources to four local communities

Hugo (September 29, 2014)  – Recently, the Walmart Foundation provided a $50,000 grant to Little Dixie Community Action Agency (LDCAA)  through the Foundation’s State Giving Program in order to assist with food purchase and resources for local partner food banks. Specifically, this grant will positively impact the local communities of Antlers, Broken Bow, Hugo and Idabel.

LDCAA also uses a program of 440 senior volunteers, the Retired Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP), to help with local volunteer initiatives including food banks. They will be hosting RSVP recognition events in each county in October.  These events are the program’s way of giving back to the volunteers and recognizing the volunteers for their service.  RSVP volunteers in Pushmataha, Choctaw and McCurtain Counties donate over 76,000 hours of service each year. 

“Through the Walmart grant we will be able to bring additional food and resources to four food pantries in the communities we serve,” said Brenda Needham, executive director of Little Dixie Community Action Agency. “We’re honored to receive this generous grant from the Walmart Foundation.”

Little Dixie Community Action Agency, Inc. was incorporated as a nonprofit organization in 1968, merging three agencies into one community action agency in order to better meet the needs of southeast Oklahoma. Throughout its history, Little Dixie has progressively grown, adding new programs to meet the needs in our area.

“At the Walmart Foundation, we understand that organizations such as the Little Dixie Community Action Agency 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 residents in this state 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 Little Dixie Community Action Agency
Little Dixie Community Action Agency, Inc. was incorporated as a nonprofit organization on March 21, 1968, merging three agencies into one community action agency in order to better meet the needs of southeast Oklahoma. The agency's purpose as stated in its original articles of incorporation was "To assist in developing, executing, and coordinating plans and the programs authorized under the Economic Opportunity Act of 1964 and subsequent amendments which may be made to that act, and other Federal, State, and local laws and programs which will tend to alleviate and eradicate poverty within the area of operation of this agency, exclusively for charitable purposes."  To learn more about LDCAA, visit http://www.littledixie.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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