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GraceWorks Ministries receives $25,000 from the Walmart Foundation to assist with food assistance programs

GraceWorks Ministries has received a $25,000 contribution to help support food assistance programs for residents of Williamson County. The grant, given to the nonprofit organization through the Walmart Foundation’s State Giving Program, will help fund GraceWorks’ Fuel Bag Program for providing children on the free/reduced lunch program at school with healthy food to eat on the weekends or holidays away from school, as well as its program for providing grocery carts of food to families in need.
“We are so grateful for the Walmart Foundation’s support as we work to make sure every family in our community has enough to eat,” said Kristi Sylvester, GraceWorks development director. “Thanks to this grant, we will be able to help even more families and children who are facing food insecurity.”
GraceWorks helps supply the basics of life to Williamson County individuals and families in need through 20 programs, including food and financial assistance with rent and utilities. In 2013, GraceWorks delivered 4,075 grocery carts of food and provided Fuel Bags to 500 students per week.
“Walmart and the Walmart Foundation are very pleased to be supporting GraceWorks Ministries, and are committed to helping those in need in the communities where we serve,” said Walmart Regional General Manager Shana Bailey-DeSmit. “Through this grant, we are hopeful that children and families in Williamson County will have access to healthy food they need.”
The contribution to GraceWorks Ministries was made possible through the Walmart Foundation’s Tennessee State Giving Program (SGP). Through this program, the Walmart Foundation supports organizations that create opportunities so people can live better. The Walmart Foundation State Giving Program strives to award grants that have a long-lasting, positive impact on communities across the U.S.
In 2013, the Tennessee State Giving Program awarded more than $1 million to local organizations such as the Boys & Girls Clubs, Feed America First of Tennessee, and the YMCA of Middle Tennessee. In Tennessee, a team of local associates determine needs within each state, review eligible grant applications and make funding recommendations to the Walmart Foundation.
To be considered for support, prospective grantee organizations must submit applications through the Walmart Foundation State Giving Program’s online grant application.  Eligible applicants must have a current 501(c)(3) tax-exempt status in order to meet the program’s minimum funding criteria.  Additional information about the program’s funding guidelines and application process are available online at
In 2012, Walmart and the Walmart Foundation gave more than $1 billion in cash and in-kind contributions around the world. This includes more than $30 million given locally in Tennessee. In addition, Walmart, Sam’s Club and Logistics associates volunteered more than 2.2 million hours, generating $18 million to U.S. nonprofits.
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

Posted on: 1/27/2014


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