Fresh Fruits & Vegetables Grant
Mar 26, 2015
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The Walmart Foundation Awards More Than $725,000 to Minnesota Nonprofits; Celebrates with Day of Giving Across State
14 organizations receive grants for their commitment to Minnesota residents
CROOKSTON, MN – March 26, 2015 – Today, Walmart hosted a “Day of Giving” event in Minnesota, awarding 14 nonprofits a Walmart Foundation Minnesota State Giving grant. The Walmart Day of Giving featured five simultaneous events across the state in Crookston, Dilworth, Mankato, Minneapolis, and Rochester, awarding more than $725,000 in grants. In Crookston, North Country Food Bank was recognized for its dedication to the state while Walmart presented funding on behalf of The Walmart Foundation so that the organization can continue their work.
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. Twice a year, the Minnesota State Giving Program looks for organizations that are dedicated to serving residents through itscore areas of giving: hunger relief and healthy eating, sustainability, career opportunity and women’s economic empowerment.
“We are thrilled to support the continued efforts of these nonprofits in order to achieve our mutual goal of helping families throughout Minnesota live better,” said Sharon Power, Walmart regional general manager. “These organizations have proven to be fundamental components of our communities, and have our support as they continue to make a difference across the state.”
The following nonprofits received a 2014 Minnesota State Giving grant to fund local programs that have proven to help those in the state live better. Nonprofit recipients in Minnesota include:
Crookston-based nonprofits gathered at the Crookston Walmart Supercenter
· North Country Food Bank, Inc. received a $70,000 grant to help fund their food and produce distribution program. North Country Food Bank provides more than 230 partner agencies in 21 counties in Minnesota with food and will use the grant to acquire the necessary equipment to increase its food distribution capacity.
Mankato-based nonprofits gathered at the Mankato Walmart Supercenter
· Minnesota Valley Action Councilreceived a $35,000 grant to purchase a new handicap-accessible van to transport seniors and those in need to medical appointments. Minnesota Valley Action Council has served Waseca County since 1976 and will be able to continue its transportation program with the new van.
Minneapolis-based nonprofits gathered at the Blaine Walmart Supercenter
· Homeward Boundreceived a $44,000 grant to purchase a new handicap accessible van, to help transport Minnesotans to and from doctor and dentist appointments. Homeward Bound works to serve the needs of children, teens and adults with severe disabilities in the Twin Cities metro.
· Loaves and Fishesreceived a $50,000 grant to purchase fresh fruits and vegetables for the 1,900 daily nutritious meals it provides in Minnesota. Loaves and Fishes has worked towards ending hunger in Minnesota for more than 32 years and served more than 420,000 meals in 2014 – up more than 25% from 2013.
· Minnesota Dental Foundationreceived a $25,000 grant to fund a dental outreach clinic being held in Duluth, July 17-18, 2015 at the Duluth Entertainment Convention Center. The 100-chair clinic will offer free dentistry and over 1,000 volunteers will perform an estimated $1 million in free dental work.
· Second Harvest Heartlandreceived an $115,000 grant to fund their Snap Outreach Program that works towards informing and educating community members about federally funded SNAP assistance.
· SouthWest Metro Educational Foundationreceived a $36,000 grant to support the addition oftwo training programs, Emergency Medical Responder (EMR) and Emergency Medical Technician (EMT), to its medical career offerings.
· Teens Alonereceived a $40,000 grant to support “The 915,” a drop-in center for young people needing housing and employment. Additionally, the grant will help provide more than 400 hours of no-cost counseling and case management to homeless youth.
· Tubmanreceived a $40,000 grant to fund meals in their Family Violence Shelter Program. The donation will provide more than a full month’s worth of meals for the women and children in the shelter.
· Urban Ventures Leadership Foundationreceived a $25,000 grant to fund their hunger initiative. The program provides sustainable hunger relief and nutritional literacy to food deserts in Minneapolis and distributes chemical-free produce to low-income families year-round.
· Vineyard Community Servicesreceived a $50,000 grant to fund its Fruit of the Vine food shelf program. The food shelf offers distributions on Tuesday nights and Saturday mornings to seniors and individuals with mobility challenges. In addition, the program provides a mobile food shelf on Wednesdays focused on shut-in seniors at senior living centers.
Moorhead-based nonprofits gathered at the Dilworth Walmart Supercenter
· Churches United for the Homelessreceived a $75,000 grant to fund its community meals program that provides three daily meals to individuals in need. Additionally, Churches United for the Homeless updated its kitchen to provide a better quality of service to the hundreds of people the organization supports each day.
Rochester-based nonprofits gathered at the Rochester Walmart Supercenter
· Boys & Girls Club of Rochesterreceived a $35,000 grant to support its Health Meals for Healthy Kids program. This initiative provides children with healthy dinners every weekday, plus breakfast and lunch in the summer. Furthermore, the program provides nutrition education and cooking classes for youth.
· Channel One Regional Food Bankreceived an $86,747 grant to upgrade its inventory software, allowing the nonprofit to implement a barcoding system. Channel One Regional Food Bank serves seniors, working families and individuals in need as well as food shelves, programs and agencies in 14 counties across Minnesota and Wisconsin by providing hunger relief support.
“We want to make sure we are providing access to all of the food products available, including fresh produce, to even the most remote locations in our service area,” said Susie Novak, executive director of North Country Food Bank. “This grant from the Walmart Foundation provides funding to help us build the capacity necessary to increase our overall food distribution with special attention to fresh produce and agricultural surplus products. It is our belief that everyone struggling with hunger should have access to the most and best food possible, and this grant funding will help make that a reality.”
In 2013, in Minnesota, the Walmart Foundation awarded $21.3 million in cash and in-kind contributions and a total giving of $22.6 million including customer donations. Donations of cash, food, refrigerated trucks, mobile pantries and other resources are changing lives across America. In 2010, Walmart and the Walmart Foundation launched "Fighting Hunger Together" – a $2 billion cash and in-kind commitment through 2015 to fight hunger in America. This initiative leverages Walmart's size and resources to provide nutritious food and the Walmart Foundation's ability to grant funding to nonprofits that help elevate the issue.
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. For moreinformation, visit http://foundation.walmart.com/apply-for-grants/state-giving.
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