Local Food Bank Receives $144,000 Grant from Walmart to Fight Child Hunger
The Golden Harvest Food Bank of Augusta a $144,000 grant from Walmart to support local initiatives that feed local elementary school students who need additional food when they are away from school.
The funds will provide nutritious food for schoolchildren who may go hungry on the weekends, and students will take home food each Friday.
“Walmart’s grants are at work in our community right now,” said. Travis McNeal, executive director of the Golden Harvest Food Bank. “The grants help us provide nutritious weekend meals to elementary students through our BackPack Program, so they are ready to learn and grow to their full potential every Monday morning.”
The $144,000 grant will provide 28,800 BackPack Meal packs, enough meals to feed 800 school children every weekend for an entire school year.
To be considered for support, applicants must have a current 501(c)(3) tax-exempt status. Additional information about the program’s funding guidelines and application process are available online at www.walmartfoundation.org.
In 2017, Walmart stores, Sam’s Clubs and the Walmart Foundation awarded more than $43,870,000 in cash and in-kind donations to Georgia charities, including 23,300,000 pounds of food donated to local food banks, which is the equivalent of 19,400,000 meals. For more information on Walmart’s fight against hunger, visit http://foundation.walmart.com/our-focus/hunger