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Recently, Homebound Meals (on Wheels), Inc. received a $25,000 grant from the Walmart Foundation’s State Giving Program to assist with the delivery of hot nutritious meals. Specifically, this grant will positively impact the local community by allowing more elders in our community to receive meals.

“This is such an amazing gift and opportunity,” said Barb Umber, Homebound Meals Executive Director. “This will allow us to expand in areas where the need is not being met.”

The grant will be presented to Peg Maginn, Board President, during a check presentation ceremony held September 29th, 2017 at The Summit. During the ceremony, Store Manager Darlene Walker will speak about the importance the organization and the impact they have on the local community.

“At Walmart, we understand that organizations such as Homebound Meals (on Wheels), Inc. are essential to building stronger communities. They share our values and are committed to helping Hoosiers in need live better,” said Walker. “Through this donation, we are hopeful Homebound Meals will be able to extend their reach here in the Fort Wayne community.”

The mission of Homebound Meals is to enhance the quality of health and life of the homebound community by the delivery of hot nutritional meals and the visits of the volunteer drivers. HBM has delivered hot nutritional meals in Fort Wayne since 1971. The meals are delivered to clients who due to age, illness or disability are unable to prepare meals for themselves.

The Walmart Foundation’s State Giving Program supports organizations that create opportunities so people can live better, awarding grants that have a long-lasting, positive impact on communities across the U.S.

To be considered for support, perspective grantee organizations must submit applications through the Walmart Foundation State Giving Program’s online grant application. Applicants must have a current 501(c)(3) tax-exempt status in order to meet the program’s minimum eligibility criteria. Additional information about the program’s funding guidelines and application process are available online at www.walmartfoundation.org/stategiving.

As part of Walmart’s $2 billion commitment to fight hunger, Walmart stores in Indiana donated 17.3 million pounds of food, in fiscal year 2017, or the equivalent of 14.4 million meals. In fact, just in the last giving cycle, Walmart gave over $500,000 to 13 Indiana nonprofits. For more information on Walmart’s fight against hunger, visit foundation.walmart.com/our-focus/hunger.

Last fiscal year alone, more than 34,720 meals were distributed to clients by committed volunteers who logged nearly 49,000 miles and donating almost 11,000 service hours. All of this was accomplished without the support of government dollars. Rather, it was funded through generous community donations, like this wonderful donation from Wal-Mart. The need for this service and the corresponding help continues to grow. If you can help go to www.homeboundmealsfw.org or call us at 260/422-3296.

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