WalMart Donates $40,000 for Weekend Meals

Each year WalMart hosts multiple grant cycles for charities to apply for funding. One of those cycles allows for basic needs and hunger relief programs to apply though there is no guarantee the organization will be chosen for funding.

Fortunate for Blessings, this is the second year in a row WalMart offered support to our weekend meal program. The grant funds donated by WalMart in 2018 amount to $40,000. The funds will provide meals to every child participating in the program for more than a month. “This gift is instrumental to the program.” said Grace Hengesbach, Blessings’ Executive Director “We are grateful for all of our supporters at WalMart, especially our local Inverness Manager, Larry Gamble.” Gamble sits on the grant selection committee for our area and offers input for local groups who have applied.

Considering 72% of local students participate in the Free / Reduced lunch program, the grant will be used to purchase shelf stable, individually wrapped and ready to eat items for the students enrolled. Each Friday the bags sent home contain between 12-15 items to supplement their diets. In addition to supporting basic needs through this grant cycles, Walmart consistently donates food which was not purchased to local food banks around the nation.

Citrus County Blessings is a program of Citrus County Harvest, Incorporated, a 501(c)3 non-profit organization based in Lecanto, Florida founded in 1999. The program works to silence weekend hunger for more than 1,500 students in 25 local schools each weekend of the school year. The program operates using 19 pantries, 800+ volunteers and 2 staff members. For more information, please contact grace@citruscountyblessings.org or call 352-341-7707.

 The grant funds donated by WalMart in 2018 amount to $40,000. The funds will provide meals to every child participating in the program for more than a month.