BUFFALO, N.Y., Sept. 22, 2014 - Catholic Charities of Buffalo has received a $40,000 grant from the Walmart Foundation State Giving Program to provide supplemental food, hygiene and cleaning products to its five food pantries across Western New York and its Ladies of Charity Fresh Start program, which provides basic household goods for displaced individuals.
The Walmart Foundation State Giving Program supports organizations across the United States that create opportunities for people to live better lives. Last year, the program awarded more than $20.5 million to local organizations.
The funding will allow Catholic Charities to purchase fresh produce and eggs, as well as laundry detergent, multi-purpose cleaner, sponges and brooms for the food pantry. Additionally, Dignity Packs containing such personal hygiene items as soap, shampoo, toilet paper, toothpaste and toothbrushes, will be distributed to its food pantries.
The Ladies of Charity Fresh Start program, which provides basic household goods for those who have experienced home displacement, will also be able to provide recipients with cleaning supplies and Dignity Packs.
"Walmart and the Walmart Foundation are very pleased to be supporting Catholic Charities of Buffalo and are committed to helping those in need in the communities where we serve, "said Trish O'Brian Miller, market asset protection manager with Walmart. "Through this grant, we are hopeful that the residents of Western New York will have access to increased vital necessities to improve their quality of life."
Eileen Nowak, director of Catholic Charities Parish Outreach and Advocacy Department shared how these supplies would greatly impact the self-esteem of the recipients.
"It is hard to feel good about yourself when you do not have basic items like shampoo, deodorant, a bar of soap or toothpaste," she explained. "In addition to the food we supply those who fit the criteria, we are now able to offer basic hygiene products and cleaning supplies to further help clients to feel good about themselves and their surroundings. This type of generosity is what keeps us coming back every day to fulfill our mission of empowering individuals, children and families to achieve and maintain meaningful, healthy and productive lives."
In 2013, Catholic Charities supplied food and Dignity Packs to more than 15,000 households representing 30,000 eligible clients, while Ladies of Charity distributed Dignity Packs and items through its Fresh Start program to more than 700 families representing approximately 2,000 individuals.
Catholic Charities operates five food pantries: Bishop Edward U. Kmiec Food Pantry and Outreach in South Buffalo; Fulton - St. Brigid Food Pantry and Outreach and Lovejoy Food Pantry and Outreach, both in Buffalo; Lackawanna Food Pantry and Outreach in Lackawanna; and Wellsville Food Pantry and Outreach in Allegany County.
For more information about Catholic Charities food pantries or any other Catholic Charities service, go to www.ccwny.org.
Walmart and the Walmart Foundation are committed to helping people live better through philanthropic efforts. By operating globally and giving back locally, Walmart is uniquely positioned to address the needs of the communities it serves and make a significant social impact within its core areas of giving: Hunger Relief & Healthy Eating, Sustainability, Career Opportunity and Women's Economic Empowerment. Walmart and the Walmart Foundation are leading the fight against hunger in the United States with a $2 billion commitment through 2015. Walmart has donated more than 1 billion meals to those in need across the country. To learn more about Walmart's giving, visit www.foundation.walmart.com.
Catholic Charities empowers children, families and seniors to achieve meaningful, healthy and productive lives. In all situations, we deliver support to meet immediate needs, and then assess for other needs to ensure long-term success. We are the most comprehensive human service provider serving more than 130,000 people in all eight counties of Western New York, with 70 programs and 61 locations. We receive highest ratings for quality of service provided and financial health/accountability as rated by the Council on Accreditation and Charity Navigator. For 89 years, Catholic Charities has been making a difference for people of every faith and ethnicity in Western New York.