Walmart Foundation Awards $455,000 to Colorado Nonprofits

Thirteen organizations receive funds for programs focused on Hunger Relief, Healthy Eating & Career Opportunity

COLORADO – Oct. 2, 2014 –The Walmart Foundation’s Colorado State Giving Program has awarded $455,000 to thirteen Colorado nonprofits that are helping to fund vital local programs to improve healthy eating, fight hunger and provide training for career placement. The organizations include Operation Homefront, Care and Share Food Bank for Southern Colorado, Food Bank for Larimer County, Colorado Springs Ecumenical Social Ministries, REACH Pikes Peak, Posada Pueblo, Manna Soup Kitchen, Growing Gardens, University of Colorado Foundation, Coal Creek Meals on Wheels, Blessings in a Backpack, Colorado Farm to Table and Denver Inner City Parish.

“When local organizations come together to assist the communities they serve, it’s a win-win scenario,” said Governor John Hickenlooper. “Organizations, like Walmart, are paving the way to make a difference and improve the lives of all Coloradoans by partnering with nonprofits across the state through their State Giving Program.”

The Walmart Foundation’s Colorado State Giving Program awards grants to local organizations that address the needs of the communities they serve and make a significant social impact.

“Through the Colorado State Giving Program, Walmart is able to partner with local organizations that continue to implement programs to improve healthy eating, fight hunger and provide training for career opportunities and placement, said Ben Hassing, senior vice president at Walmart. “We are proud to give back to the communities that we serve and are eager to see the positive effect these grants will have across the state.”

The thirteen grants support the following Colorado non-profits:
Operation Homefront was awarded a $40,000 grant to help fund their Healthy Meals program.

Care and Share Food Bank for Southern Colorado was awarded a $50,000 grant for their Children’s Nutrition Initiative, a “Care and Share” program that provides nutritious food to vulnerable children.

Food Bank for Larimer County was awarded a $46,000 grant that will ensure that children in Larimer County have access to healthy meals through their Kids Cafe program.

Colorado Springs Ecumenical Social Ministries was awarded a $30,000 grant to help purchase food for their emergency food pantry over the next fiscal year.

REACH Pikes Peak was awarded a $34,000 grant to support their Transitions to Independence Program to achieve financial independence for those participating in the program.  

Posada Pueblo was awarded a $40,000 grant to help provide housing and supportive services that empower homeless individuals and families in Pueblo County to become self-supporting members of the community.

Manna Soup Kitchen was awarded a $40,000 grant to provide healthy, nutritious food to children of Durango who need meals on weekends and during the summer months through their Backpack program.

Growing Gardens of Boulder was awarded a $25,000 grant that will support the Growing Gardens Fresh Food, Families and Fitness program that aims to close the food insecurity gap in Boulder County.

University of Colorado Foundation was awarded a $25,000 grant that will support their women’s career development training on campus.

Coal Creek Meals on Wheels was awarded a $25,000 grant that will help provide daily nutritious meals and related support services to members of the community in need.

Blessings in a Backpack was awarded a $25,000 grant to provide backpacks of food to elementary school children who are on the federal Free and Reduced Price Meal Program in Colorado Springs, Ft. Morgan, Brush, Denver, and Aurora on the weekends. 

Colorado Farm to Table was awarded a $50,000 grant to continue to be able to provide fresh produce, grown exclusively for those who are food insecure and lack the gift of fresh produce on their tables.

Denver Inner City Parish was awarded a $25,000 grant to continue to help serve over 15,000 participants who are served through their Hunger programs.

In 2013, the Walmart Foundation and stores throughout the state awarded $19.4 million in cash and in-kind contributions to community groups that are positioned to address the needs of Colorado communities and make a significant social impact within Walmart’s core areas of giving: Hunger Relief & Healthy Eating, Sustainability, Career Opportunity and Women’s Economic Empowerment.

"REACH Pikes Peak is thrilled, once again, to have received a grant from the Walmart Foundation to support our Transitions to Independence Program," said Laura Yassa, REACH director of grants. "These funds will be used to break the barriers to higher education through case management and assistance with books, job accessories, and tuition; helping our participants reach their goals and achieve financial independence."

In addition, total giving in Colorado in 2013, including customer donations, totaled $21 million. During that same year, Walmart and the Walmart Foundation gave $1.3 billion in cash and in-kind contributions around the world, surpassing 2012's total by more than $244 million. Global in-kind donations accounted for $1 billion, while $316.3 million was given in cash globally.

"Coal Creek Meals on Wheels has been working hard to improve all aspects of our organization and the vote of confidence that comes from the Walmart Foundation shows that we are on the right track," said Kathy Klepac, Coal Creek Meals on Wheels Board President. "With the $25,000 in grant funding CCMOW will be able to not only assure we can feed our clients today, it will allow us to pave the path towards improving our sustainability and assist us in serving the needs of the coming boom in seniors helping them to stay healthy and connected in our community."

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. For more information, including State Giving Program application guidelines and examples, please visit foundation.walmart.com.

About Philanthropy at Walmart
Walmart and the Walmart Foundation are committed to helping people live better through philanthropic efforts that align with the company’s core business strengths. 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, 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. To date, Walmart and the Walmart Foundation have 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.