Hungry Souls Program receives $75,000 donation

Mississippi program benefits from Walmart Foundation grant.

The Salvation Army in Laurel, Miss., recently received a $75,000 contribution as part of the Walmart Foundation State Giving Program to assist with its Feeding Empty Stomachs and Hungry Souls Program.

The grant will be used to provide food, prepared meals and shelter for 3,500 families in Laurel. It will also fund the Emergency Social Services Program and supply grocery food boxes to local families in need.

“The Salvation Army in Laurel is so grateful for the Walmart Foundation’s financial support, which has allowed our organization to improve the nutritional quality of the meals we provide for those in need,” said Jason Phillips, regional resource development director of The Salvation Army Alabama, Louisiana and Mississippi (ALM) Division. “These funds will supply 3,500 Mississippi families with the nutritious meals and groceries they need to live better.”

Captain Bert Lind, Laurel corps officer, accepted the $75,000 donation from representatives of Walmart and the Walmart Foundation in a check presentation ceremony.

“Walmart and the Walmart Foundation are very pleased to support The Salvation Army in Laurel and are committed to helping those in need in the communities where we serve,” said Walmart Market Manager Bobby Shumpert. “Through this grant, we are hopeful that the organization can continue to make a large, positive influence on the lives of Mississippi families in need.”

Last year, the Mississippi State Giving Program awarded more than $14 million to local organizations through cash and in-kind donations. In Mississippi, a team of local associates determine needs within each state, review eligible grant applications and make funding recommendations to the Walmart Foundation.

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