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, Tina Smith 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, visit http://foundation.walmart.com/our-focus/hunger.