SCRANTON – The Boys & Girls Clubs of Northeastern Pennsylvania has been selected as one of 60 winning hunger relief agencies to receive a $20,000 grant from Walmart’s Fighting Hunger Together initiative. Throughout April, customers voted for more than 300 Feeding America food banks and their partner agencies via Facebook. As a result of the votes cast, 100 food banks and partner agencies will receive a total of $3 million in grants — 40 Feeding America member food banks will receive $1.8 million in grants ($45k each) and 60 of their partner agencies will receive $1.2 million in grants ($20k each).
Thanks to the nomination of Commission on Economic Opportunity (CEO), the Club was one of 200 grant applicants of food bank partner agencies in the voting competition to win $20,000. The $20,000 will be used to support the Club’s Meal Service Program, which provides after school snacks, and dinner to children residing in Lackawanna and Luzerne Counties during the school year as well as lunch and snack during the summer months.
“We are so grateful for everyone who has made this possible. Initiatives like Fighting Hunger Together provide an avenue for anyone, regardless of their financial situation to help make a positive impact in our community,” said Tricia DiBiasi Thomas, Club executive director. “With this grant, we will be able to feed hundreds of children in Lackawanna and Luzerne Counties.”
“We want to thank the local organizations, volunteers and customers who participated in this campaign and work to support their communities year round,” said Julie Gehrki, senior director of the Walmart Foundation. “Through their efforts, we can bring attention to the need local communities experience during the spring months and help fill the gap by providing ways for customers to generate millions of meals and volunteer.”
The Fighting Hunger Together initiative is part of Walmart’s and the Walmart Foundation’s $2 billion commitment through 2015 to fight hunger.