The Walmart Foundation’s State Giving Program has awarded its first cycle of grants in Florida this year choosing nonprofit organizations that are making a difference in the communities they serve. The Florida Institute for Workforce Innovation’s (FIWI) Melrose Senior Community Center was awarded $25,000 to help combat hunger for seniors in the lake area. The contributions are awarded through the Walmart Foundation’s State Giving Program, which was created to carry out the retailer’s commitment to giving back to the communities in which it operates. This year, the Walmart Foundation’s State Giving Program awarded a total of nearly $1 million in grants and a portion of the grant money was allocated to charities combating hunger.
“At Walmart we believe in operating globally and giving back locally. This funding will support organizations that are helping families put nutritious meals on the table, break barriers to finding jobs and support students to excel in school,” said Cindi Marsiglio, Walmart director of public affairs and government relations. “We are appreciative of the communities we serve and aim to help our customers live better lives.”
The Melrose Senior Community Center is currently working with Putnam County to finalize permits and certifications required to distribute meals, with plans to launch their free meals for seniors program this fall. Hot, tasty, and nutritious meals will be prepared daily and served at the center Monday through Friday at noon.
“It is our goal that no senior in the lake area will go hungry,” said FIWI Executive Director, Jonathan Leslie. “We want to create a destination where seniors can have a wonderful time enjoying a nutritious meal amongst their friends.”
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