“Growing a Healthy Searcy County”, through a coordinated effort with the Northwest Arkansas Economic Development District (NWAEDD), received a $30,752.00 contribution to assist with their summer food program. The grant – which was given to NWAEDD through the Walmart Foundation’s State Giving Program – will provide supplemental food for children to take home, gas cards for volunteers, advertising to promote the program, and the funding necessary to purchase commercial kitchen equipment at the Searcy County Civic Center.
“We are extremely grateful to Walmart for offering this grant opportunity so that as the need for our program grows, we will be able to continue to serve the children of Searcy County,” said Summer Lunch Program Coordinator Marie Morgan. “This generous grant will allow us to better utilize the civic center’s kitchen and will allow us to continue providing supplemental food to our county’s children.”
The grant was presented to Marie Morgan during a check presentation ceremony held today at the Searcy County Civic Center. During the ceremony, Michael Lindsey, Director of Public Affairs for Walmart spoke to the crowd about the importance of addressing food insecurity in Arkansas and Searcy County. Searcy County Judge Jim Harness and Searcy County Treasurer Jim Arnold, Jr. were also on hand for the event, and echoed the importance of feeding Searcy County’s hungry children.
“Growing a Healthy Searcy County” has six meal sites throughout the county and a total of 73 volunteers. This group of amazing volunteers helped serve 1,454 meals and take home bags of supplemental food this summer. “The Walmart Foundation is very pleased to be supporting Growing a Healthy Searcy County and is committed to helping those in need in the communities where we serve,” said Michael Lindsey. “Through this grant, we are hopeful that the children in Searcy County will continue to receive the food that they need.”
The contribution to the Growing a Healthy Searcy County Summer Food Program was made possible through the Walmart Foundation’s Arkansas State Giving Program. Through this program, the Walmart Foundation supports organizations that create opportunities so people can live better. The Walmart Foundation State Giving Program strives to award 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.
About Philanthropy at Walmart
Walmart and the Walmart Foundation are proud to support initiatives that are helping people live better around the globe. In May 2010, Walmart and its Foundation made a historic pledge of $2 billion through 2015 to fight hunger in the U.S. The Walmart Foundation also supports education, workforce development, environmental sustainability, and health and wellness initiatives. To learn more, visit www.walmartfoundation.org.