St. Vincent de Paul Society in Columbia has won a $20,000 grant from Walmart as part of the company’s Food Pantry Holiday Makeover campaign.
During the past two weeks, voters nationwide cast votes for their favorite local food pantries, trying to win one of 75 grants.
St. Vincent de Paul Society, a division of St. Joseph Church, helps families in need in the community by providing food and other assistance. The grant funds will be used to purchase new equipment to prepare, store and transport food to families.
The Food Pantry Holiday Makeover campaign launched as food pantries nationwide are preparing for one of their busiest times of year.
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“We are so thankful for everyone who voted and for the communities that came together to support their local hunger relief agencies,” said Kathleen McLaughlin, president of the Walmart Foundation and senior vice president of Walmart Sustainability. “Today, the dedicated food pantry staff and volunteers who work so hard to fight hunger can start making plans for the purchase of new equipment and renovations.
“We hope that these grants will help make the holidays a little brighter not just for the food pantry staff and volunteers, but also, most importantly, for the families served by these organizations,” McLaughlin said.