Meals For The Elderly (MFTE) has been awarded $20,000 through a Walmart Foundation grant to the Meals On Wheels Association of America (MOWAA). The money will provide MFTE with a much-needed oven, which is critical to continue serving seniors.
This financial support is desperately needed as many Meals On Wheels programs across the country continue to struggle with skyrocketing gasoline costs and rising food prices. The Walmart Foundation-MOWAA “Building the Future” Impact Grants will allow MFTE to buy equipment and help ensure sustainability while fostering long-term growth.
“Thanks to the Walmart Foundation-MOWAA Building the Future Impact Grant, we now have a brighter future in our efforts to keep feeding seniors in our community,” said Charlyn Ocker, CEO and President of MFTE. “This grant will help us provide the next meal to many of our clients in need and will truly make a difference for the seniors of San Angelo.”
To qualify for the grant, MFTE was required to raise local support. The Art and Eva Camunez Tucker Foundation, as well as many individual local donors, rallied around the local non-profit in order to ensure the grant could be secured. “We could not have done this without the help of everyone,” stated Ocker.
The Walmart Foundation recently announced a $5 million donation to MOWAA as part of a $2 billion commitment to support hunger relief efforts through 2015. Part of that $5 million donation will fund the “Building the Future” Impact Grants. The grants will help more than 100 local Meals On Wheels programs purchase stoves, refrigerators, trucks and other equipment needed in the fight to end senior hunger.
“The Walmart Foundation continues to step up to the plate in the fight against senior hunger,” said Enid Borden, President and CEO of MOWAA. “They understand that joining Meals On Wheels in this battle is a moral imperative. The Walmart Foundation’s generous support helps ensure our programs sustain meal services well into the future. We can’t thank the Walmart Foundation enough for being such a powerful partner in our mission to end senior hunger in America by the year 2020.”
Research sponsored by MOWAA reveals more than six million seniors in America face the threat of hunger.
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