The East Texas Food Bank has been awarded a $51,700 grant from the Walmart Foundation to help fight hunger in East Texas through Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program education and outreach.
With this grant, the ETFB hopes to scale access to SNAP among eligible households, with particular emphasis on reaching seniors, families with children and other vulnerable populations. The funding will be used to help the East Texas Food Bank’s partner agency network provide SNAP application assistance.
“No one should worry about where they will find their next meal,” said Dennis Cullinane, CEO of the East Texas Food Bank. “Every day, the ETFB helps to provide food to the more than 253,000 families who struggle with hunger in East Texas. But we can’t end hunger alone. Programs like SNAP help to fill a critical gap for people in need.”
Walmart and the Walmart Foundation provide donations of both food and funds to the Feeding America nationwide network of 200 food banks.
Locally, Walmart provides funding and support for the East Texas Food Bank through a variety of ways such as local store community grants, participation in campaigns such as the “Fight Hunger. Spark Change” and by participating in the Retail Store Program that provides donated foods directly to partner agencies in their communities.
The Walmart Foundation has also provided state level giving for the food bank’s Mobile Pantry Program, which delivers truckloads of nutritious foods to individuals in rural communities who have no access to a food pantry.
- Melissa McTee