Grant to Fight Senior Hunger

Arkansas Foodbank Receives $47,000 from the Walmart Foundation to Assist With Senior Hunger

Arkansas Foodbank  received a $47,000 contribution to assist with building capacity to better serve food insecure seniors and increase SNAP outreach across the Food Bank’s 33-county service area. The grant – which was given to the non-profit organization through the Walmart Foundation’s State Giving Program – will work to provide workshops, webinars and community meetings to further the message of senior hunger and its impact on the community.   

For the past three years, Arkansas has been ranked by the National Foundation to End Senior Hunger as the worst state in the country for the amount of seniors facing food insecurity.

“The Walmart Foundation has been an integral part of the Foodbank’s fight against hunger in Arkansas for many years,” said Rhonda Sanders, Arkansas Foodbank CEO.  “These grants allow us to continue our holistic approach in addressing hunger in our state with better strategies for serving seniors and more capacity for some of our member agencies to serve the children and families in their communities.”

The grant was presented to Rhonda Sanders during a check presentation ceremony held today at the Food Bank located 4301 W. 65th Street, Little Rock. During the ceremony,

 “The Walmart Foundation is very pleased to be supporting the Arkansas Foodbank and is committed to helping those in need in the communities where we serve,” said Michael Lindsey, director of public affairs at Walmart. “Through this grant, we are hopeful that senior Arkansans will get more of the food that they need.”

About Philanthropy at Walmart

Walmart and the Walmart Foundation are proud to support initiatives that are helping people live better around the globe. In May 2010, Walmart and its Foundation made a historic pledge of $2 billion through 2015 to fight hunger in the U.S. The Walmart Foundation also supports education, workforce development, environmental sustainability, and health and wellness initiatives. To learn more, visit www.walmartfoundation.org.