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Walmart Foundation Awards Georgia Wildlife Federation with $35,000 Grant to Support
Georgia Hunters for the Hungry
Donation will provide more than 20,000 pounds of venison to food banks throughout Georgia in 2013
Covington, GA, August 26, 2013 – Today, the Walmart Foundation provided a $35,000 grant to the Georgia Wildlife Federation through the Foundation’s State Giving Program in order to assist with Georgia Hunters for the Hungry. Specifically, this grant will positively impact the local community by processing more than 20,000 pounds of donated venison to be delivered to food banks throughout Georgia.
“We are very excited that the Walmart Foundation decided to address the urgent need faced by families all over Georgia from food insecurity,” said Todd Holbrook, president and CEO of the Georgia Wildlife Federation. “Their support of Georgia Hunters for the Hungry will provide more than 60,000 meals throughout the state this year. This program exemplifies the best of our outdoor traditions in Georgia and we owe the Walmart Foundation a debt of gratitude for their focus on this growing problem.”
The grant was presented to Mr. Holbrook during a check presentation ceremony held today at the Alcovy Conservation Center.
“At the Walmart Foundation, we understand that organizations such as the Georgia Wildlife Federation are essential to building stronger communities. They share our values and are committed to helping those in need in the communities we serve,” said Glen Wilkins, Walmart senior public affairs manager. “Through this grant, we are hopeful that residents in this state will feel a positive effect, and through that effect our impact will be expanded.”
Georgia Hunters for the Hungry is a partnership between the Georgia Wildlife Federation (GWF), the Georgia Department of Natural Resources, and the Georgia Food Bank Association. Started in 1993, the program allows Georgia sportsmen to donate harvested deer to Georgia food banks after being processed in state-inspected facilities. To date, Georgia sportsmen have donated more than 300,000 pounds of ground venison to food banks around the state. The program runs through hunting season, from September to February.
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, 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.
As part of Walmart’s $2 billion commitment to fight hunger through 2015, Walmart stores in Georgia donated 19,207,790 pounds of food, in fiscal year 2013, or the equivalent of 16 million meals. Additionally, Walmart and the Walmart Foundation gave $37,055,129 in fiscal year 2013 in Georgia alone. For more information on Walmart’s and the Walmart Foundation’s fight against hunger, visit http://foundation.walmart.com/our-focus/hunger.
About the Georgia Wildlife Federation
Founded in 1936, the Georgia Wildlife Federation is the state’s oldest and largest member-supported conservation organization. GWF is dedicated to encouraging the intelligent management of Georgia’s natural resources, and promoting and encouraging the knowledge and appreciation of these resources. Georgia Wildlife Federation is a nonprofit, 501(c)(3) organization and the state affiliate of the National Wildlife Federation
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, visit foundation.walmart.com.