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Maui Food Bank receives $55K Walmart grant for Maui County keiki in need

In advance of the next week’s start of public schools, The Maui Food Bank today received a $55,000 grant from the Walmart Foundation’s Hawaii State Giving Council. The grant supports the agency’s Aloha BackPack Buddies program and provides 11,000 backpacks to children-in-need, or approximately 66,000 meals throughout the 2017-18 school year.

“We are so appreciative of the Walmart Foundation’s continued support of our Maui community outreach and programs like Aloha BackPack Buddies,” said Rich Yust, Executive Director of the Maui Food Bank. “Thanks to Walmart and their Hawaii State Giving Council, our community is moving forward on a path towards ending hunger among our island keiki.”

“Walmart is proud to be a leader in the fight against hunger and to support local organizations like the Maui Food Bank and others in the communities we serve,” said Walter Lott, store manager of Kahului Walmart. “It’s the right thing to do. No child should ever have to face hunger alone.”

There are 20 schools across Maui County participating in the Aloha BackPack Buddies program with Maui Food Bank. The program provides elementary school children, who are on the free and reduced meal program at their school, a pre-filled backpack on Fridays that contains six meals they take home for the weekend. For more details visit www.mauifoodbank.org.

The Walmart Foundation’s State Giving Program supports organizations that create opportunities so people can live better, awarding grants that have a long-lasting, positive impact on communities across the U.S.

To be considered for support, prospective 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.

Qualified non-profits are encouraged to apply for grants during the final 2017 application period. Minimum grant amounts are $25,000. The Foundation will begin accepting grant applications on Monday, Aug. 7, 2017. The deadline to submit grant requests is Friday, Aug. 11, 2017 at 11:59 p.m. Central time.

Walmart and the Walmart Foundation have committed to provide four billion meals between 2015 and 2020 to people in need. Walmart aims to reach this goal through grants to charitable organizations and hunger-relief programs, as well as through food donations from Walmart stores, Sam’s Clubs and distribution centers. In Hawaii during FY2017, Walmart and the Walmart Foundation helped local communities with more than $1.74 million in cash and in-kind donations to Hawaii nonprofits, and Walmart donated 747,000 pounds of food, which is the equivalent of 623,257 meals. Click here to learn more about Walmart and the Walmart Foundation’s commitments to fight hunger and provide nutrition education.

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