Grant for emergency food assistance

Nearly 30,000 families in eastern Oklahoma will continue to receive emergency food assistance thanks to new grant money.

The Catholic Charities of Eastern Oklahoma received a $48,000 grant through the Walmart Foundation’s State Giving Program to purchase 600,000 pounds of food.

Catholic Charities seeks to provide a well-balanced, nutritional, short-term supply of food. Families and seniors who have met unexpected circumstances or expenses can receive food assistance up to four times a year.

“We couldn’t do what we do without Walmart’s help in our emergency assistance program,” said Deacon Kevin Sartorius, executive director, Catholic Charities of Eastern Oklahoma. “Walmart is a blessing to those in need in eastern Oklahoma and we are humbled by their generosity.”

Catholic Charities also provides help through 14 programs on its Tulsa campus, including a clothing center, dental clinic, counseling services, GED and ESL classes, and a pregnancy clinic. Case workers refer clients to other community non-profits as well.

To be considered for the Foundation’s support, applicants must have a current 501(c)(3) tax-exempt status. Additional information about the program’s funding guidelines and application process are available online at www.walmartfoundation.org/stategiving. Last year, Walmart stores, Sam’s Clubs and the Walmart Foundation awarded $30.35 million in cash and in-kind donations to Oklahoma charities, including 16,440,906 million pounds of food donated to local food banks, which is the equivalent of 13,700,755 million meals.