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Feeding the Valley receives $83,000 contribution from Walmart

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Families in need in the Chattahoochee Valley have been given an extra hand this summer from one of America's largest corporations.

Feeding the Valley announced Tuesday, May 27, that the Walmart Foundation State Giving Program has contributed $83,000 to the organization to assist with feeding families in need. Feeding the Valley representatives say the grant will be used to purchase new distribution equipment, specifically two forklifts and one container freezer unit.

"We are extremely grateful for Walmart's generous donation," said Frank Sheppard, executive director of Feeding the Valley. "The grant allows us to expand our food distribution throughout West Georgia and the ability to feed significantly more people."

Feeding the Valley says their purpose is to share its bounty with hungry residents through a regional distribution plan that dramatically improves food storage and distribution capacities in its 14 county region. The food bank distributes more than 600,000 pounds of food monthly to counties including Meriwether, Troup, Harris, Talbot, Marion, Muscogee, Russell, Chattahoochee, Clay, Quitman, Randolph, Schley, Stewart and Webster.

"Walmart is very excited to continue supporting Feeding the Valley and dedicated to helping the communities we serve," said Glen Wilkins, director of public affairs and government relations at Walmart. "The grant will help the organization reach its 10-year growth plan to more than double the number of people it feeds on an annual basis."

The Walmart Foundation awards grants to organizations that have a long-lasting, positive impact on communities across the country. In Georgia, 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 http://foundation.walmart.com/apply-for-grants/state-giving.

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