The Walmart Foundation awarded $554,268 to Louisiana nonprofit organizations in 2017 as a part of its Louisiana State Giving program.
The announcement was made at a “Day of Giving” event in Lafayette, where Walmart representatives awarded 10 nonprofits with Walmart Foundation Louisiana State Giving grants totaling $469,268.
During the event, Walmart thanked the nonprofits for their dedication to the state and presented funding so that each organization can continue or expand its work throughout Louisiana.
Every year, the Walmart State Giving program looks for organizations that address the needs of the communities they serve and make a significant social impact within Walmart’s core areas of giving: hunger relief and healthy eating, sustainability, women’s economic empowerment and career opportunity.
Nonprofits recognized include:
- The Northshore Food Bank’s grant will go towards their food distribution program. The Northshore Food Bank is an organization that provides food assistance to more than 375 individuals and families each week.
- The Baton Rouge Food Bank received a grant for its Farm Fresh Healthy Food Initiative, which provides fresh produce to agencies who may not have the capacity to store refrigerated produce consistently.
- The Covenant House New Orleans, which cares for over 800 young people each year, received a grant for its crisis center food program.
- Ozanam Inn’s grant will help provide food for the homeless and underserved residents of Louisiana, a program that serves an average of 500-600 meals each day.
- The Children Health Care Clinic of Acadiana received a grant to help its summer feeding program.
- The Shreveport-Bossier Rescue Mission, an organization that provides over 133,000 meals and 66,000 hours of vocational training yearly, received a grant that will go towards its “A New Life Starts with Your First Meal” program.
- The Food Bank of Central Louisiana’s grant will assist with their BackPack Program, which is designed to meet the needs of hungry children during weekends and school vacations.
- Our Daily Bread of Tangipahoa, which distributes more than 30,000 food boxes and 16,000 hot meals each year, received a grant for their Equipped for the Future program.
- The Boys and Girls Club of Acadiana’s grant will go towards their Triple Play: Health, Fitness & Fun program, which helps children take a holistic approach to health and wellness.
- The Literacy Council of Southwest Louisiana, which provides educational programming for adults, children and families, received a grant that will assist in their College and Career Ready Southwest Louisiana program.