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Wal-Mart market manager Chris Hubbard recognizes three non-profit organizations working to fight against hunger in Lorain County.
Fighting hunger is the top priority for three local non-profit organizations.
The Wal-Mart Foundation gave a total of $110,000 in grants through its State Giving Program last Wednesday to the Second Harvest Food Bank of North Central Ohio, Neighborhood Alliance, and the Boys and Girls Clubs of Lorain County.
Organizations around Ohio that fight hunger were awarded a total of $919,000 this year by the Wal-Mart Foundation and $1.4 billion was donated globally in 2014 to non-profit groups.
Second Harvest received a $50,000 grant to increase its protein options, Neighborhood Alliance was given a $30,000 to support meals for seniors in need, and the Boys and Girls Club received a $30,000 to provide more than 600 children with hot meals each day before going home.
Mike Conibear, executive director of the Boys and Girls Clubs of Lorain County, said the grant is a true blessing to the organization and its families.
“It helps out those working parents,” he said, emphasizing how parents don’t have to worry about their children because they’re in a structured environment, fed, and working on their homework while at worthy programs run by awardees.
“Without the support of Wal-Mart we wouldn’t be able to carry out what we carry out on a daily basis,” he said.
Second Harvest plans to use its $50,000 to increase protein options for clients, said Julie Chase-Morefield, executive director of Second Harvest Food Bank.
“We wanted to be able to have a more consistent supply,” she said of the high-demand food products.
Neighborhood Alliance CEO and president Connie Osborn plans to use the cash to enhance her group’s senior hot meals.
The organization has numerous clients in southern Lorain County.
Each driver of the Alliance has built a relationship with clients, Osborn said: “They look at those clients as their family.”
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