Walmart Foundation to grant more than $100,000 to Ozarks Food Harvest
Ozarks Food Harvest encouraging member pantries to apply for pass-through matching grants for food
WHAT: Ozarks Food Harvest expects to receive more than $100,000 from the Walmart Foundation State Giving Program later this week and plans to make an announcement at The Food Bank.
WHEN: Thursday, August 8 at 10:00 a.m.
WHERE: O’Reilly Center for Hunger Relief, 2810 N. Cedarbrook Ave., Springfield, Mo.
WHY: The regional food bank for 250 pantries and agencies across the Ozarks will use the funds as a matching grant opportunity, potentially leveraging the gift to $250,000 — the equivalent of 1.5 million meals for southwest Missouri children, families and seniors in need. This is the fourth gift of this size from the Walmart Foundation that Ozarks Food Harvest has utilized as pass-through grants for its partners working on the frontlines of hunger relief in southwest Missouri.
WHO: Local nonprofits will be invited to apply for grants from Ozarks Food Harvest for bulk food and food distribution. Two of these organizations will be available for interview Thursday morning as they receive monthly food donations for their charities. Volunteers will also be on-site, in the warehouse, loading the pantries’ vehicles with boxes of food.
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About Ozarks Food Harvest—The Food Bank
Ozarks Food Harvest is the Feeding America food bank for southwest Missouri, serving 250organizations across 28 Ozarks counties. The Food Bank distributes 10 million meals annually to 170,000 unduplicated individuals. OFH celebrates its 30th anniversary in 2013. Learn more at ozarksfoodharvest.org.
About Philanthropy at Walmart
Walmart and the Walmart Foundation are committed to helping people live better through philanthropic efforts. By operating globally and giving back locally, Walmart is uniquely positioned to address the needs of the communities it serves and make a significant social impact within its core areas of giving: Hunger Relief & Healthy Eating, Sustainability, Career Opportunity and Women’s Economic Empowerment. Walmart and the Walmart Foundation are leading the fight against hunger in the United States with a $2 billion commitment through 2015. Walmart has donated more than 1 billion meals to those in need across the country. To learn more about Walmart’s giving, go to foundation.walmart.com.