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Release: Walmart Foundation Awards $450,000 to Kansas Nonprofits

API Staff

Nov 17, 2015

Governor Brownback, local representatives and Walmart associates recognize 12 organizations for their commitment to the state

On November 17, 2015, Walmart hosted a “Day of Giving” in Kansas, awarding 12 nonprofits a Walmart Foundation State Giving grant. Walmart’s Day of Giving featured two simultaneous events in Topeka and Wichita. Governor Sam Brownback, Representative Ken Corbet and Representative Mario Goico joined Walmart executives, associates and grant recipients to reflect on the charitable work done across the state of Kansas this year. To close the ceremony, Walmart presented checks to each nonprofit in attendance.

“At Walmart, we recognize the importance of supporting organizations that make a profound impact in the communities we serve,” said Annemarie Browning, Walmart regional general manager. “Through our partnerships with nonprofit organizations across the state, we are able to address issues such as hunger and economic opportunity to make a lasting impact on Kansas residents.”

Twice a year, Walmart and the Walmart Foundation look for organizations in Kansas that address the needs of the communities they serve and make a significant social impact on a local and state level. The following Kansas nonprofits received a Walmart Foundation State Giving grant to fund vital local programs:

  • Catholic Charities Inc. received a $30,000 grant to purchase an additional truck to support the organization’s “Our Daily Bread Food Pantry,” a program that provides meals and nutritional support to underserved citizens in Wichita.

  • Catholic Charities of Northeast Kansas Inc. received a $43,736 grant to fund the New Roots for Refugees program, where produce grown by refugee farmers will be purchased and distributed via Catholic Charities’ nine food pantries.

  • Episcopal Social Services Inc. received a $36,050 grant to help support services that help connect unemployed individuals with job opportunities in the community.

  • Harvesters – The Community Food Network received a $40,000 grant to provide support for its nutrition education programs and the distribution of healthy food and fresh produce to underserved residents in Kansas.

  • Kansas CASA Association received a $30,000 grant to fund technology and e-learning support for its child advocacy programs.

  • Kansas Food Bank Warehouse Inc. received a $50,000 grant for the organization’s Food 4 Kids weekend backpack program, which provides underserved children with a backpack full of nutritious food for the weekend.

  • Aging Projects, Inc. Meals on Wheels/Friendship Meals received a $59,214 grant to purchase two delivery vans to support the organization’s new senior meal delivery program, Aging Projects Inc.

  • Meals on Wheels of Shawnee & Jefferson County received a $50,000 grant to provide nutritional support to vulnerable, homebound seniors during the weekends.

  • Mid-America Nutrition Program Inc. received a $25,000 grant to purchase a delivery van for its Meals on Wheels program, which provides meals to seniors in six counties.

  • Numana Inc. received a $36,000 grant to provide food for more than 240,000 meals that will be packaged at 12 local public schools by children learning about food insecurity and hunger in Kansas.

  • Stormont Vail Foundation received a $25,000 grant for its Care Line program that offers emergency assistance to Stormont Vail patients and their families, including transportation, meals, temporary lodging and clothing.

  • Topeka Rescue Mission Inc. received a $25,000 grant for the organization’s Hunger Relief Program, which provides meals to underserved citizens throughout Topeka.

“Aging Projects, Inc. (API) is fortunate to have received this grant from the Walmart Foundation.  When the former meal provider for these 21 meal sites decided not to continue with feeding seniors in these counties API was asked to take over this service, without the Walmart Foundations generosity and assistance in purchasing these vans, seniors in 3 counties in central Kansas would no longer receive meals.  API is dedicated to the belief that ‘No Senior shall go hungry®’ and with the help from Walmart we can make it happen.”

In 2014, in Kansas, the Walmart Foundation awarded $11.1 million in cash and in-kind contributions. The donations of cash, food, refrigerated trucks, mobile pantries and other resources are changing lives across America. In 2010, Walmart and the Walmart Foundation launched “Fighting Hunger Together” – a $2 billion cash and in-kind commitment through 2015 to fight hunger in America. This initiative leverages Walmart’s size and resources to provide nutritious food and the Walmart Foundation’s ability to grant funding to nonprofits that help elevate the issue.

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. For more information, visit

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About Philanthropy at WalmartBy using our strengths to help others, Walmart and the Walmart Foundation create opportunities for people to live better every day. We have stores in 27 countries, employing more than 2.2 million associates and doing business with thousands of suppliers who, in turn, employ millions of people. We are helping people live better by accelerating upward job mobility and economic development for the retail workforce; addressing hunger and making healthier, more sustainably-grown food a reality; and building strong communities where we operate and inspiring our associates to give back. Whether it is helping to lead the fight against hunger in the United States with $2 billion in cash and in-kind donations or supporting Women’s Economic Empowerment through a series of grants totaling $10 million to the Women in Factories training program in Bangladesh, China, India and Central America, Walmart and the Walmart Foundation are not only working to tackle key social issues, we are also collaborating with others to inspire solutions for long-lasting systemic change. To learn more about Walmart’s giving, visit

About WalmartWal-Mart Stores, Inc. (NYSE: WMT) helps people around the world save money and live better – anytime and anywhere – in retail stores, online, and through their mobile devices. Each week, we serve nearly 260 million customers who visit our 11,532 stores under 65 banners in 28 countries and e-commerce websites in 11 countries. With fiscal year 2015 revenue of $486 billion, Walmart employs more than 2 million associates worldwide. Walmart continues to be a leader in sustainability, corporate philanthropy and employment opportunity. Additional information about Walmart can be found by visiting on Facebook at and on Twitter at Online merchandise sales are available at and

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