Lafayette, CO – September 18, 2015 – The Coal Creek Meals on Wheels (CCMOW) has received a $25,000 grant from the Walmart Foundation’s State Giving Program to assist with program operating expenses. Specifically, this grant will positively impact the local community by helping serve high quality, nutrient dense meals to people who need it most in the towns served including, Lafayette, Louisville, Erie and Superior.
“We are truly grateful for the second year of support from the Walmart Foundation” said Lesley Jackson, Coal Creek Meals on Wheels executive director. “Not only will we be able to serve more meals to people in need, but we appreciate the confidence the Walmart Foundation shows in CCMOW by awarding this grant for the second year.”
“Coal Creek Meals on Wheels is an example of an organization that is helping people live better by providing high quality meals to individuals who need it most,” said Robert Trujillo, Walmart Market Manager. “Through this donation and shared values, we are confident that the residents in Lafayette, Louisville, Erie and Superior will benefit from the program Coal Creek Meals on Wheels has built and continues to build upon with grants like this one from Walmart.”
Coal Creek Meals on Wheels delivers high-quality, nutrient-dense meals every weekday to individuals of various dispositions including, the elderly, disabled and those limited in physical capacity due to illness. Menus are created by staff trained in dietetics and conscious of the many health issues faced by the population served. A team of over 135 screened and trained volunteers, many of whom have worked with the organization for several years, deliver these daily meals.
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, perspective 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.
Just in the last calendar year, Walmart and the Walmart Foundation gave $20.6 million to Colorado nonprofits. In addition, as part of Walmart’s $2 billion commitment to fight hunger through 2015, Walmart stores in Colorado have donated over 10 million pounds of food, or the equivalent 8.6 million meals last calendar year. In fact, in 2013, Walmart reached $260 million in cash and $2.6 billion in in-kind donations nationwide, delivering on its commitment one year early. For more information on Walmart’s fight against hunger, visit http://foundation.walmart.com/our-focus/hunger.
About Coal Creek Meals on Wheels
Coal Creek Meals on Wheels was established in 1972 by Lafayette resident Sue Marolf, a Board of Directors and two staff members. Since its inception the organization’s principal place of business has been in the First United Methodist Church of Lafayette, where staff and volunteers prepare fresh meals every weekday. Our mission is to provide daily nutritious meals and related support services to members of our community in need, helping them to live with dignity in their own homes. Coal Creek Meals on Wheels (CCMOW) is the only delivery meal program that specifically serves homebound clients in Lafayette, Louisville, Erie, and Superior. To date, over 78,000 meals have been delivered to individuals in our community.
About Philanthropy at Walmart
By using our strengths to help others, Walmart and the Walmart Foundation create opportunities for people to live better every day. We have stores in 27 countries, employing more than 2.2 million associates and doing business with thousands of suppliers who, in turn, employ millions of people. We are helping people live better by accelerating upward job mobility and economic development for the retail workforce; addressing hunger and making healthier, more sustainably-grown food a reality; and building strong communities where we operate and inspiring our associates to give back. Whether it is helping to lead the fight against hunger in the United States with $2 billion in cash and in-kind donations or supporting Women’s Economic Empowerment through a series of grants totaling $10 million to the Women in Factories training program in Bangladesh, China, India and Central America, Walmart and the Walmart Foundation are not only working to tackle key social issues, we are also collaborating with others to inspire solutions for long-lasting systemic change. To learn more about Walmart’s giving, visit http://www.foundation.walmart.com