Supporting organizations that make a difference in our communities so individuals and families may live better is the cornerstone Walmart Foundation mission. To maintain this commitment twelve Ohio-based nonprofit groups were recently presented grants totaling $360,000 to support their efforts to address the needs of their respective communities.

The grants were made possible through the Walmart Foundation’s State Giving Program which looks to support organizations that are having a lasting impact in core areas of giving that include, hunger relief and healthy eating, sustainability, women’s economic empowerment, workforce development and education.

“At Walmart, our mission is to create opportunities so people can live better,” said Dann Moore, Regional General Manager for Walmart for Northwest and Southern Ohio said. “In addition to the thousands of community service hours our associates perform and the in-kind donations that are spread throughout the communities we serve, these State Giving grants allow us to help nonprofit organizations fulfill their mission and continue on their path of service.”  

  • LifeTown Columbus received a $40,000 grant to assist students with disabilities in developing life, social and pre-employment skills necessary to transition into adult independency.

  • CHOICES for Victims of Domestic Violence in Columbus received $35,000 to help provide healthy meals at its safe haven shelter for local domestic violence victims and their children.

  • Community Shelter Board was awarded a $25,000 grant to feed families experiencing homelessness in Columbus and Franklin County at its new family shelter the Van Buren Center.

  • Canine Companions for Independence in Delaware, received $25,000 to support its mission to place assistance dogs with people with disabilities living in Ohio providing them greater independence and self-esteem.

  • Shelterhouse Volunteer Group in Cincinnati received $40,000 to provide basic local homeless individuals with emergency survival needs including overnight shelter, food, toiletries, emergency clothing items, and support services.

  • Stark County Hunger Task Force received a $40,000 grant to provide its network of 33 food pantries in the county with l280,000 pounds of food.

  • The Phillis Wheatley Association of Cleveland received a $25,000 grant to help provide nutritious meals to low-income, disadvantaged, disabled adults and seniors living independently.

  • Youth Opportunities Unlimited in Cleveland received a $25,000 grant to help provide workforce preparation services and entrepreneurship training to youth ages 14-24 in Northeast Ohio who live in economically distressed communities.

  • Junior Achievement of North Central Ohio received a $35,000 grant to help deliver 58 volunteer-led career readiness classroom experiences reaching 1,213 at-risk Kindergarten through grade 12 students throughout the state of Ohio

  • Dayton Crayons to Classrooms received a $25,000 grant to support its free resource center that provides free school supplies for teachers from under-funded preK-12 schools in the Miami Valley and serve students who live in poverty.

  • The Autism Model Community School in Toledo, a public community school for individuals with autism ages 5 to 22, received a $25,000 grant to support its e-commerce job training lab and extend the reach of the program to service providers for adults with developmental disabilities.

  • Eastside Community Ministry in Zanesville was awarded a $25,000 grant to support its efforts to provide groceries to families and individuals through its Emergency Relief Services Food Pantry.

As part of Walmart’s $2 billion commitment to fight hunger through 2015, Walmart stores in Ohio donated 26 million pounds of food, in fiscal year 2015, or the equivalent of 22 million meals. In fact, Walmart reached $260 million in cash and $2.6 billing in in-kind donations nationwide, delivering on its commitment one year early. Additionally, just in the last fiscal year, Walmart and the Walmart Foundation gave $49.7 million to Ohio nonprofits.  For more information on Walmart’s fight against hunger, visit

To be considered for support through the State Giving Program, 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

Walmart Foundation Awards $360,000 to Ohio Nonprofits