Walmart Foundation - May 2017

Walmart is giving people access to a better life, one community at a time. Walmart considers it their responsibility to make a positive impact in the communities they serve. In 2014, Walmart and the Walmart Foundation gave $1.4 billion in cash and in-kind contributions around the world. Sacramento Food Bank & Family Services (SFBFS) received of a generous $25,000 grant from the Walmart Foundation in support of SFBFS’ CalFresh Outreach program.

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CalFresh, California’s federal food stamps, adds to the food budget of families in need so they can put healthy and nutritious food on the table. CalFresh issues monthly electronic benefits that can be used to buy food at many markets, food stores and some farmers’ markets. SFBFS’ CalFresh team conducts outreach during food distribution events, coordinates with Partner Agencies to help them provide outreach and helps individuals navigate the application process by providing one-on-one support. “This makes it easier to get to the next pay day, knowing I have a little more to spend on other necessities,” said a client recently approved for CalFresh benefits.

The Walmart Foundation grant substantially increases SFBFS’ CalFresh capacity by expanding the team. The increased staff allows SFBFS to further develop existing partnerships and create new ones to increase the impact of outreach and application assistance. The team also designed toolkits and training materials on best practices and procedures to support partners in the fight against hunger.

“SFBFS’ goal is to better assist areas with high poverty levels. Thanks to the Walmart Foundation grant, we have extended the CalFresh outreach to local grocery stores and low income and senior housing, where some potential participants don’t receive benefits they are eligible for because of mobility and transportation limitations,” says Lorena Carranza, SFBFS’ CalFresh Outreach Manager. “By providing CalFresh application assistance on site or at local grocery stores, more people have opportunities to apply for the benefits that are highly essential for them.”

 Catholic Charities USA (CCUSA), the organization that serves as a national intermediary on food stamp enrollment, is integral to the disbursement and success of the Walmart Foundation’s grant. Jane Stenson, Senior Director for Poverty Reduction Strategies for CCUSA, says, “Thanks to the generosity of the Foundation, we now fund SNAP enrollment support to 44 Catholic Charities agencies across the country. CalFresh is a critical safety net benefit and provides needed support to help stretch tight food budgets.” The impact of the Walmart Foundation’s support is far-reaching – over the one-year grant period, about 5,000 individuals will be helped in Sacramento County!

CalFresh at SFBFS would not be possible without the support of donors like the Walmart Foundation. Their support is an example of how together, we can support families and individuals on their journey to self-sufficiency and financial independence.

If you’d like to learn more about monthly giving or if you’re interested in taking a tour of SFBFS to see your support in action, please visit www.sacramentofoodbank.org/support or give us a call at (916) 456-1980!

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