The Walmart Foundation today announced it will provide a $32,000 grant to Maryland Community Connection through the Walmart Foundation’s State Giving Program. The grant will support the organization’s mission of maintaining and operating services in Prince George’s County for individuals with developmental disabilities and providing them with emotional support, training, and resources that will assist them in fully achieving greater social and economic independence. The donation will specifically go toward supporting Maryland Community Connection’s Basic Needs Program with food package distribution services, which delivers food to individuals with disabilities and their families.
“Our organization is extremely appreciative and grateful that Walmart supports our mission to provide support and resources to disabled individuals throughout Prince George’s County and the State of Maryland,” said André Burno Coates, Maryland Community Connection Executive Director. “Walmart’s grant will particularly create a bridge for our agency to reduce the amount of individuals with disabilities who are hungry.”
According to the organization, the Walmart Foundation’s donation will aid the nonprofit in its distribution efforts by covering roughly 540 food packages to individuals with disabilities residing in Prince George’s County and Southern Maryland. Each packet contains enough food to feed a family of four along with healthier food preparation suggestions.
“Walmart and the Walmart Foundation are committed to giving back to the communities in which we live and work, and we are pleased to lend support to this special cause,” said Nina Albert, Director of Community Affairs for Walmart. “Organizations like Maryland Community Connection are essential to building stronger communities. We are hopeful that members of this organization are positively affected by this grant and the Foundation’s impact is largely felt throughout Prince George’s County.”
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 in Maryland and 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.
In the U.S., Walmart and the Walmart Foundation gave $1 billion in cash and in-kind gifts in the fiscal year ending 2013. Specifically in Maryland, Walmart and the Walmart Foundation provided more than $4.3 million in cash and in-kind donations to local organizations throughout the state. Including the additional funds raised by customers and associates, Walmart contributed more than $5.5 million to such organizations in the State of Maryland.
As part of Walmart’s and the Walmart Foundation’s $2 billion commitment to fight hunger through 2015, Walmart stores in Maryland donated more than 1.4 million pounds of food, in fiscal year 2013, or the equivalent of more than 1.2 million meals. For more information on Walmart’s fight against hunger, visit http://foundation.walmart.com/our-focus/hunger.
About Maryland Community Connection
Maryland Community Connection (MCC) is a nonprofit 501(c)(3)organization that helps individuals with disabilities achieve greater social and economic independence and become fully integrated into their communities. Maryland Community Connection, located in Prince George’s County, has been serving Maryland residents since 2001. Maryland Community Connection’s programs include Supported Employment, Family Individual Support Services (FISS), Community Supported Living Arrangements (CSLA), Low Intensity Support Services (LISS), Basic Needs, Transitioning Youth Life and Employability Skills Training, and Summer Youth Employment.
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. They have donated more than 1 billion meals to those in need across the country. To learn more about Walmart’s giving, visit foundation.walmart.com.