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Walmart to give $125K to Tampa Bay-area nonprofits for hunger relief

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As part of a commitment to fight hunger in Florida, Wal-Mart and the Wal-Mart Foundation is giving $125,000 to hunger relief programs in the Tampa Bay area.

In a statement Wednesday, the company announced it will give $940,000 in total grants to 17 nonprofits across Florida.

Local grants include $50,000 for Sarasota’s All Faiths Food Bank for its Food Bank – Backpack Program. and $75,000 to the Homeless Emergency Project, Inc. in Clearwater for its HEP Meal Services Program for Homeless Adults and Children.

“Wal-Mart is uniquely positioned to help fight hunger here in Florida and create a long-lasting, positive impact in communities across the state,” said Monesia Brown, Wal-Mart’s State Giving Program Council Chair. “Supporting local hunger-relief programs is one way in which we are doing just that, helping Florida children and families have access to nutritious food.”

Wal-Mart and the Wal-Mart Foundation have pledged to offer 4 billion meals to people in need between 2015 and 2020. The Arkansas-based global retailer plans to reach this goal through grants to charitable organizations and hunger-relief programs, as well as through food donations from Wal-Mart stores, Sam’s Clubs and distribution centers.

Wal-Mart employs 108,000 people in Florida, through 375 retail units and online with Wal-Mart Grocery Pickup, and

During Fiscal Year 2017, Wal-Mart and the Wal-Mart Foundation helped Florida communities with more than $82 million in cash and in-kind contributions to nonprofits statewide. Wal-Mart donated nearly 45 million pounds of food to local Florida food banks – equivalent to more than 37.5 million meals.

To take part in the program, prospective grantee organizations must submit requests through the Wal-Mart Foundation State Giving Program’s online application. Eligible applicants must have a current 501(c)(3) tax-exempt status to meet the program’s minimum funding criteria.

Additional information about the program’s funding guidelines and application process are available online at

Other grant recipients in the Florida State Giving Program Cycle 1:


— America’s Second Harvest of the Big Bend, Inc., Tallahassee, received $78,000 for its Healthy Food for Hungry Neighbors program.

— Food for Thought Outreach, Santa Rosa Beach, received $50,000 for its Food for Thought Backpack Program.

— Panama City Rescue Mission, Inc., Panama City, received $50,000 for its Meal Program.

— The School of Arts and Science, Tallahassee, received $40,000 for its Garden Program Expansion.

 Northeast Florida

— Christian Service Center of Columbia County, Inc., Lake City, received $50,000 for its Hunger Relief Project.

— IM Sulzbacher Center for the Homeless, Inc., Jacksonville, received $60,000 for its Sulzbacher Meals Program.

Central Florida

— Christian Service Center, Orlando, received $75,000 for its 2017 Love Pantry Program.

— Jewish Family Services of Greater Orlando, Inc., Winter Park, received $40,000 for its Pearlman Emergency Food Pantry.

 Southwest Florida

— Community Cooperative Ministries, Inc., Fort Myers, received $60,000 for its Community and School Mobile Pantry Program.

— Harry Chapin Food Bank of Southwest Florida, Inc., Fort Myers, received $42,000 for its Fighting Hunger, Feeding Kids program.

— Meals of Hope, Naples, received $50,000 for its a Year Without Hunger Project.

— Midwest Food Bank, Fort Myers, received $80,000 for its Warehouse Food Distribution program.

 Southeast Florida

— Food of Life Outreach Ministries, Homestead, received $50,000 for The Emergency Food Assistance Program.

— Nova Southeastern University, Fort Lauderdale, received $45,000 for its Project Breakfast program.

— United Against Poverty, Inc., Vero Beach, received $50,000 for its UAP Protein Initiative.


Phil Ammann is a St. Petersburg-based journalist and blogger. With more than three decades of writing, editing and management experience, Phil produced material for both print and online, in addition to founding His broad range includes covering news, local government and culture reviews for, technical articles and profiles for BetterRVing Magazine and advice columns for a metaphysical website, among others. Phil has served as a contributor and production manager for SaintPetersBlog since 2013. He lives in St. Pete with his wife, visual artist Margaret Juul and can be reached at and on Twitter @PhilAmmann.

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