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First Steps receives $30K in Walmart grants

First Posted: 2:22 am - July 13th, 2015

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CHESTERFIELD — Chesterfield County First Steps has received a $25,000 grant from the Walmart Foundation’s State Giving Program for its Blessings in a Backpack weekend nutrition program. Additionally, First Steps has received $5,000 from the Walmart Community Grants Program.

“These generous grants from Walmart and the Walmart Foundation will help CCFS continue to provide weekend nutrition to more than 500 4K students at Pertersburg Primary School,” said CCFS Executive Director Karen Martini. “Walmart’s generosity will certainly lessen the financial burden of other community partners.”

The grants will be announced at a ceremonial unveiling of a promotional truck wrap for CCFS’s refrigerated truck used to transport fresh produce and frozen foods for the Blessings Resource Center food bank. The refrigerated truck was also purchased with a Walmart grant which totaled $30,000.

“The Walmart Foundation is excited to support the Blessings in a Backpack program” said Brooke Mueller, director of public affairs for Walmart. “Through this grant, we can help address the problem of hunger for young children in the Pageland area.”

The truck wrap will identify Blessings Resource Center, Walmart and the Center’s founding business partners: Founders Federal Credit Union, Tucker Lumber Company, Lynches Rivers Electric Cooperative and First Baptist Church of Pageland.

In 2014, community giving in South Carolina from Walmart stores, clubs and the Walmart Foundation totaled $31.9 million, according to a July 9 release.

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