Walmart Foundation funds local organizations’ hunger relief and individual empowerment programs

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DES MOINES, IA – March, 4, 2014 – The Walmart Foundation’s Iowa State Giving Program has awarded a total of $100,667 to three nonprofits across the state dedicated to serving Iowa residents through its core areas of giving: hunger relief & healthy eating, sustainability, career opportunity and women’s economic empowerment. Iowa nonprofits including Children and Families of Iowa, Food Bank of Siouxland Inc. and Neighborhood Transportation Service Inc. were among those to receive grants.

“We are proud of our partnerships with nonprofit organizations throughout Iowa as we believe they are essential to building strong communities,” said Shane Miller, Walmart regional general manager in Iowa. “Fighting hunger and empowering residents are important for the health of the community and we look forward to watching these organizations better the communities they serve.”

Twice a year, the Iowa State Giving Program looks for organizations that address the needs of the communities they serve and make a significant social impact. The following nonprofits received a State Giving grant to fund vital local programs that have proven to help those in Iowa live better. Nonprofit recipients in Iowa include:

Children and Families of Iowa has been awarded a $25,000 Iowa State Giving grant to help fund its Healthy Food Program for survivors of domestic assault to provide foods to those in need after issues of domestic assault.

Our domestic violence services are crucial to helping women in Central Iowa leave their abusers and we are so appreciative of the Walmart Foundation for their generous grant,” says CFI executive director Gloria Gray. “CFI served 497 women and children at the shelter last year and this gift is essential in meeting our need for storage and preparation of healthy meals for this high volume of individuals.”

Food Bank of Siouxland Inc. received a $35,000 Iowa State Giving grant to support its purchase of a forklift for use in the Food Bank warehouse. The forklift will help further its BackPack Program which donates food to children in need, as well as its mobile food pantry program that brings food to multiple locations around the city.

"With the Walmart Foundation grant, Foodbank of Siouxland was able to purchase a new forklift for our warehouse," said Linda Scheid, executive director of Foodbank of Siouxland.  "The new equipment provides both cost savings and greater safety, which enables us to serve our agencies to the very best of our ability. This ultimately results in more food available to more people in need, which is exactly what we aim to achieve."

Neighborhood Transportation Service Inc. was awarded a $40,667 Iowa State Giving grant to support its mission of providing affordable curb-to-curb transportation for those attending school, work, or life skills classes at night or on the weekend, when bus transportation is unavailable.

"Thanks to The Walmart Foundation and its Iowa State Giving Grant, National Transportation Service (NTS) was able to continue funding for its 2:00 a.m.- 6:00 a.m. service," says Kay Fisk, development director of NTS. "We have been providing transportation since 1994, and are grateful we will be able to continue our services with the help of this grant.”

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. In the first half of last year, Walmart’s Iowa State Giving Program granted $224,333 to five Iowa nonprofits: Food Bank of Iowa, Northeast Iowa Food Bank Inc., The Heritage Agency, Louisa County Fair Association and Central Iowa Shelter and Services.

In 2012, in Iowa, the Walmart Foundation awarded more than $8 million in cash and in-kind contributions as well as more than 3.6 million pounds of food, equivalent to more than 3 million meals. Additionally, in 2012, Walmart and the Walmart Foundation became the first partner of Feeding America to surpass 1 billion meals donated.

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. Iowa based nonprofits are encouraged to apply for a Walmart State Giving Program beginning April 2014. For more information, visit

http://foundation.walmart.com/apply-for-grants/state-giving.

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