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MIFA receives $45,000 from the Walmart Foundation

Metropolitan Inter Faith Association Receives $45,000 from the Walmart Foundation 
Grant to Expand the MIFA Meals on Wheels Program

MEMPHIS, Tenn., (August 2015) – MIFA (Metropolitan Inter Faith Association) has received a $45,000 contribution to assist with its Meals on Wheels program. The grant – which was given to the nonprofit organization through the Walmart Foundation’s State Giving Program – will help MIFA deliver more than 15,000 meals this year, allowing the organization to provide meals for nearly 60 clients.

“We are grateful for Walmart’s support to better our community, especially as we work with our partners to expand our services to highly food insecure seniors,” said MIFA Executive Director Sally Heinz. “With this grant from Walmart, we are well on our way to serving the most vulnerable seniors in Memphis.”

The MIFA Meals on Wheels program, with the help of up to 100 volunteers, provides hot, nutritious lunches for homebound elderly and seniors at 15 congregate nutrition sites each weekday. It is MIFA’s largest program and has been awarded the highest possible accreditation conferred by Meals on Wheels America.

“The Walmart Foundation is very pleased to support MIFA and is committed to helping those who are food insecure in the communities where we serve,” said Walmart Market Manager Haden Holley. “Through this grant, we are hopeful seniors in Shelby County will have access to hot, nutritious meals throughout the year.”

The contribution to MIFA was made possible through the Walmart Foundation’s Tennessee State Giving Program. Through this program, the Walmart Foundation supports organizations that create opportunities so people can live better. The Walmart Foundation State Giving Program strives to award grants that have a long-lasting, positive impact on communities across the U.S.

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.

In FY 2015, Walmart and the Walmart Foundation gave more than $1.4 billion in cash and in-kind contributions around the world. This includes more than $39 million given locally in Tennessee. In addition, Walmart, Sam’s Club and Logistics associates volunteered more than 1.5 million hours, generating $14 million to U.S. nonprofits.

About MIFA
Founded in 1968, MIFA serves over 50,000 people annually as it works to unite the community through service. Its mission is to support the independence of vulnerable seniors and families in crisis through high-impact programs. Meals on Wheels is one of MIFA’s four senior programs including Transit, Long-Term Care Ombudsman, and Senior Companion. For more information, visit www.mifa.org.

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.

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Posted by Ellen Whitten at 10:15 AM