Arm In Arm Receives $50,000 Grant from Walmart Foundation to Help End Hunger in Mercer County, New Jersey
The Walmart Foundation awarded a grant to support Arm In Arm’s efforts to reduce food insecurity and improve nutrition, health, and well-being among low-income community members in Mercer County, New Jersey.
Trenton, NJ – A grant of $50,000 by the Walmart Foundation will have a direct and positive impact on the lives of community members who turn to Arm In Arm for food. Arm In Arm’s three choice-based food pantries and home delivery service constitute one of Mercer County’s busiest food pantry operations. 2017 will mark the third year in a row that 4,500 households receive heart-healthy food during the course of over 21,000 visits. The grant from the Walmart Foundation ensures that individuals and families will find the healthy choices they need.
The partnership of the Walmart Foundation and Arm In Arm is vital to effective delivery of Hunger Prevention services in Mercer County, New Jersey. Community members who visit Arm In Arm find a variety of foods. Jackie, a shopper in one of Arm In Arm’s pantries, has diabetes and was having a difficult time finding the healthy food that she needed. At Arm In Arm she finds the food pantry shelves stocked with fresh foods and low sodium, heart-healthy food. “If I didn’t have this pantry,” she said, “I wouldn’t be able to eat the three small, nutritious meals a day that I need.”
“We thank the Walmart Foundation on behalf of the many Mercer County residents who come for assistance,” said Carolyn Biondi, Arm In Arm’s Executive Director. “This grant will provide important support as we work to prevent hunger and promote improved health in our area. Our collaboration with community and business partners such as the Walmart Foundation is crucial to our ability to offer the highest quality of service and resources to people who need it most.”
“We are so pleased to partner with Arm In Arm,” said Jennifer Hoehn, Walmart’s director of public affairs and government relations for New Jersey. “The Walmart Foundation believes residents in Mercer County will benefit from this collaborative effort to provide food to low-income members of their community. Working together with Arm In Arm, we aim to serve families whose food and nutrition needs would otherwise go unmet.”
The Walmart Foundation 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 FYE 2017, Walmart stores, Sam’s Clubs and the Walmart Foundation awarded more than $8,000,000 in cash and in-kind donations to New Jersey charities, including more than 3,664,200 pounds of food donated to local food banks, which is the equivalent of 3,053,500 meals. For more information on Walmart’s fight against hunger, visit http://foundation.walmart.com/our-focus/hunger.
Arm In Arm, a 501 (c)(3) nonprofit organization, partners each year with thousands of Mercer County families and individuals as they improve their food security and nutrition, housing and financial stability, and job readiness. It has received a top four-star rating from independent nonprofit evaluator Charity Navigator six years in a row. More information is available at www.arminarm.org or 609-396-9355.
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. We have stores in 28 countries, employing more than 2.2 million associates and doing business with thousands of suppliers who, in turn, employ millions of people. We 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 http://www.foundation.walmart.com.