The Walmart Foundation awarded the grant to help the organization increase participation opportunities and pay meat processing bills for deer and livestock donated by farmers and hunters.
Left to right: Dave Riordan (Frederick County FHFH Coordinator), Josh Wilson (FHFH Executive Director), Tina Smith (Shuff's Meat Market), Sarah McAleavy (Frederick Food Bank Director), Ijaz Ahmad (Walmart Store Manager in Frederick, MD)
Hagerstown, MD – Farmers and Hunters Feeding the Hungry (FHFH) has received a $50,000 grant from the Walmart Foundation's State Giving Program to assist with the organization's hunger relief effort in the state of Maryland. This grant will positively impact local communities by enabling FHFH to provide nutritious meat from donated deer and livestock to food banks and ministries that feed those in need.
"The Walmart Foundation is a faithful partner in our mission to help hunters and farmers address the significant hunger problem both in Maryland and across the nation," said FHFH Executive Director Josh Wilson. "This grant will help us provide meat for an additional 100,000 meals to the hungry of the state this hunting season."
The grant check was presented by Ijaz Ahmad, Store Manager in Frederick, MD, to FHFH Executive Director Josh Wilson during a ceremony held at the Frederick Food Bank. Also in attendance were FHFH Frederick Coordinator Dave Riordan, Robin Shuff from Shuff's Meat Market in Thurmont, MD, and Frederick Food Bank Director Sarah McAleavy.
"Walmart and the Walmart Foundation believe that every family should have access to affordable, nutritious food and are proud to continue expanding resources in Maryland through our work with Farmers and Hunters Feeding the Hungry," said Ijaz Ahmad, Store Manager in Frederick, MD. "By combining the organization's passion for the outdoors, with their compassion for those in need, Farmers and Hunters Feeding the Hungry is tackling hunger in an innovative way, helping our residents in Maryland to live better."
FHFH gives hunters and farmers in Maryland the opportunity to donate deer and livestock to 38 participating butcher shops for processing and distribution to food banks, shelters, soup kitchens and ministries that feed the hungry. The organization raises financial support to pay the meat processing bills.
The Walmart Foundation's State Giving Program supports organizations by awarding grants that have a long-lasting, positive impact on communities across the U.S. To be considered for support, applicants must have a current 501(c)(3) tax-exempt status. Additional information about the program's funding guidelines and application process are available online at www.walmartfoundation.org
In FY2017, Walmart and the Walmart Foundation awarded $6,570,000 in cash and in-kind donations to Maryland charities, including 3,090,000 million pounds of food donated to local food banks, which is the equivalent of 2,578,000 meals. For more information on Walmart's fight against hunger, visithttp://foundation.walmart.com/our-focus/hunger.
About Farmers and Hunters Feeding the Hungry:
People across America who struggle with food insecurity are often desperate for meat and protein items. FHFH gives nutritious meat to feeding programs and ministries that help those in need by paying local butcher shops to process deer and livestock that are donated by farmers and hunters. Meat for 18.7 million meals has been donated, processed and distributed by FHFH since 1997. The organization welcomes new supporters and volunteers to join the cause. To learn more please visit www.fhfh.org
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About Philanthropy at Walmart:
By using our strengths to help others, Walmart and the Walmart Foundation create opportunities for people to live better every day. Walmart has stores in 28 countries, employing more than 2.3 million associates and doing business with thousands of suppliers who, in turn, employ millions of people. Through our philanthropy, Walmart and the Walmart Foundation are helping people live better by accelerating upward job mobility and economic development for the retail workforce; addressing hunger and making healthier, more sustainably-grown food a reality; and building strong communities where we operate and inspiring our associates to give back. Whether it is helping to lead the fight against hunger in the United States with $2 billion in cash and in-kind donations or supporting Women's Economic Empowerment through a series of grants totaling $10 million to the Women in Factories training program in Bangladesh, China, India and Central America, Walmart and the Walmart Foundation are not only working to tackle key social issues, we are also collaborating with others to inspire solutions for long-lasting systemic change. To learn more about Walmart's giving, visit foundation.walmart.com
Joshua Wilson, Executive Director
Farmers and Hunters Feeding the Hungry