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Oklahoma business briefs, Aug. 29, 2014

Oklahoma business briefs, Aug. 29, 2014
Oklahoman Published: August 28, 2014
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Walmart helps fund food pantry

The Walmart Foundation provided a $25,000 grant to Upward Transitions through the Foundation’s State Giving Program to assist with stocking and upgrading its food pantry. “We’re honored to receive this generous grant from the Walmart Foundation,” said Dana Hope Chism, Upward Transitions executive director. “We serve thousands of individuals and families through our food pantry, and thanks to the kindness of the Walmart Foundation, we’ll be able to continue to make sure our clients don’t go hungry.” Upward Transitions offers a variety of programs, including financial assistance with rent and utilities, relocation for victims of domestic violence and transitional housing for homeless families. Upward Transitions also directs clients to resources that assist with life skills training and education to improve their employment potential. The Walmart Foundation’s State Giving Program supports organizations that create opportunities so people can live better, awarding grants that have a long-lasting, positive impact on communities across the U.S. As part of Walmart’s $2 billion commitment to fight hunger through 2015, Walmart stores in Oklahoma donated 15 million pounds of food in fiscal year 2014. Additionally, Walmart and the Walmart Foundation gave more than $30 million in fiscal year 2014 in Oklahoma alone.

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