Walmart helps our community with $41,000 donation!

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Walmart helps our community and they've generously donated $41,000 to the Schaumburg Food Pantry

The Walmart Foundation
has awarded a $41,000 grant to theschaumburg food pantry, Schaumburg Township Human Services Fund to support the operation of the township’s food pantry in the 2011 – 2012 fiscal year. The grant will enable the General Assistance Department, which operates the pantry; to acquire food from the Greater Chicago Food Depository; and facilitate pickups of surplus products from the many retail stores that donate items to the pantry.

The community’s need for the pantry and for all our services has grown tremendously in these difficult economic times. We are extremely grateful to the Walmart Foundation and to all the employees and customers of Walmart for making this grant possible” said Township Welfare Services Director Sandy Wolf.

Use of the pantry has increased rapidly in the past year. The economic downturn has forced more township residents to supplement decreased income with periodic “shopping” for food and household products at the township pantry. In the coming fiscal year, the pantry expects to serve 4,800 families consisting of 15,000 individuals in need of monthly help with food and related products—an increase of about 19% over the past year. The township also expects to increase disbursements of holiday food gift cards in the 2011/2012 fiscal year.

In fulfillment of these objectives, the program has hired an additional caseworker; has purchased a new truck to pick up donations and purchases; will pick up food weekly from the Greater Chicago Food Depository; and hopes to expand the number of stores and restaurants from which food and product donations are obtained. The pantry also expects to recruit additional volunteers to sort and shelve food, as needed.

Walmart and the Walmart Foundation have made combating hunger a priority for their community giving programs at the national, state and local levels. In Illinois alone, they have committed at least $1 million to food programs, including this grant to Schaumburg Township.

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Diana Manzato
Highland Village, TX

Nice to see such a big company being charitable!

Feb 13, 2011 04:58 AM #1
Linda K. Mayer
License # 01767321 - La Verne, CA

I love that about foundations - they are always ready an willing to lend a helping hand.  In my past experience with the Red Cross, the larger companies help out during emergency shelter situations all the time, and they come forward usually before we ask!  Even during the station fire Verizon came to the shelters and had cell phones and computers for the residents to use when needed.

Feb 13, 2011 05:03 AM #2
Lyn Sims
RE/MAX Suburban - Schaumburg, IL
Schaumburg Real Estate

Linda: That's nice to hear. I think that we should spread the word with posts like this of the good work they do right in our backyard. Makes me want to shop there in return.

Diana: That's why I wanted to spread the word. All food pantries need help now & this was very generous I thought.

Feb 13, 2011 05:17 AM #3
Leslie Ebersole
Swanepoel T3 Group - Saint Charles, IL
I help brokers build businesses they love.

That's great news. The food pantries run low on donations after the holidays, and of course people's needs continue.

Thanks for posting this.

Feb 13, 2011 05:18 AM #4
Ellen Caruso
Daniel Gale Sotheby's International Realty - Glen Head, NY

Lyn stores and business that support the community are the ones the community should support right back.

Feb 13, 2011 09:25 AM #5
Lyn Sims
RE/MAX Suburban - Schaumburg, IL
Schaumburg Real Estate

Ellen:  Absolutely, that's why I wanted to mention it.

Leslie: I think with the current economy many people need more help. That's why this type of donation is so important.

Feb 13, 2011 11:53 AM #6
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