Fish & Loaves receives $30,000 from the Walmart Foundation

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Photo courtesy of Fish & Loaves Community Food Pantry
Taylor Wal-Mart Manager Karen Robenhurst (ninth from left) and Wal-Mart Market Manager Shelly Lehman (10th from left) present a $30,000 donation to the Rev. Geoffrey Drutchas (fourth from right), president of the Fish & Loaves Community Food Pantry, and members of the Fish & Loaves Board of Directors.

TAYLOR – Fish & Loaves Community Food Pantry received a $30,000 grant from the Walmart Foundation to help feed the hungry Downriver.

The grant was presented to the non-profit organization through the foundation’s State Giving Program to support Fish & Loaves’ “Two Million Plus Outreach Program.” The money will allow for the purchase of additional food to assist more households and individuals in the neighboring communities of Allen Park, Dearborn Heights, Southgate, Taylor, Brownstown Township, Woodhaven and Romulus.

“We are grateful for the support of the Walmart Foundation,” said the Rev. Geoffrey Drutchas, president of Fish & Loaves. “The expansion of this program is of the utmost importance to individuals and families in our area, as too many families remain food insecure and this grant will allow us to serve even more in need in the Downriver area.

“We also would like to thank the local Wal-Mart stores in our area for their ongoing support of our fighting hunger initiatives throughout the year.”

The grant was presented to Fish & Loaves at the organization’s office and warehouse at 25670 Northline Road.

Fish & Loaves was founded in 2008 and has assisted more than 4,000 households and more than 13,000 individuals, including children. Distributing about two million pounds of food annually, Fish & Loaves is a “client choice” food pantry, allowing families and individuals to “shop” six times per year in a setting organized like a grocery store. This allows for a sense of dignity, higher client satisfaction and less waste.

“The Walmart Foundation is proud to be supporting Fish & Loaves and is committed to helping those in need in the communities we serve,” said Shelly Lehman, market manager of Wal-Mart. “Through this grant, we are hopeful that residents in the Downriver area will benefit from increased food choices to enhance and improve their lives.”

The Walmart Foundation’s Michigan State Giving Program supports organizations that create opportunities so people can live better. The program strives to award grants that have a long-lasting, positive impact on communities across the United States.

Last year in Michigan, Wal-Mart, Sam’s Club locations and the Walmart Foundation awarded more than $25 million to local organizations.

To be considered for support, prospective grantee organizations must submit applications through the Walmart Foundation State Giving Program’s online grant application. Applications must have a current 501(c)(3) tax-exempt status in order to meet he program’s minimum eligibility criteria.

Additional information about the program’s funding guidelines and application process are available online at www.walmartfoundation.org/stategiving.

For more information about Fish & Loaves, go to www.downriverfishandloaves.org.

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