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Local nutrition service receives Walmart grant to replace freezer

A local service organization that has been providing meals to seniors in east central Kansas for more than 30 years is one of five non-profits in the state to share $135,000 in grants from the Walmart Foundation.

Mid-America Nutrition Program, which is based in Ottawa and serves seniors throughout east central Kansas, received a $32,750 grant to replace its walk-in cooler and freezer. Mid-America Nutrition Program provides meals on wheels and meal sites for seniors in a six-county area, including Osage County. The program provides balanced meals and nutritional support, which helps seniors stay healthy and independent in their own homes.

“We are extremely grateful to the Walmart Foundation for helping us to replace a refrigeration unit that has required more and more frequent service,” said Chris Bean, director of development and outreach of Mid-America Nutrition Program. “No one knows the exact age of the current unit but we can trace it back at least 25 years. This grant will allow us to purchase a new cooler-freezer that that will be more efficient. Refrigeration is one of the most basic necessities of our operation and allows us to provide a safe product to an underserved senior population.”

The Walmart Foundation’s Kansas State Giving Program awarded grants designated toward serving residents through its core areas of giving: hunger relief and healthy eating, sustainability, career opportunity and women’s economic empowerment.

Other nonprofit recipients in Kansas were:

  • Flint Hills Breadbasket Inc. received a $30,185.26 grant to purchase a pick-up and delivery truck in order to transport food across the city of Manhattan.
  • Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) of Johnson and Wyandotte Counties Inc. received a $25,000 grant to fund the Child in Need of Care program. The grant will help recruit, train, and coordinate community volunteers and purchase mobile computer equipment in order to more effectively support children suffering from abuse and neglect.
  • KidsTLC Inc. received a $25,000 grant to fund their Outpatient and Behavioral Health program. The program provides mental health assessments, group and family therapy, parental education, and other various services to help heal and strengthen families and individuals seeking support.
  • Envision Inc. received a $25,000 grant to fund their annual summer assistive technology camp. The camp provides technology and career training to those who are blind or visually impaired.

“We are endlessly inspired by the astounding work of nonprofit organizations across Kansas,” said Mindy Ellis, Walmart regional general manager for Kansas. “It is a privilege to be able to partner with these groups as they continue to impact the lives of individuals throughout the state.”

To be considered for support, prospective grantee non-profit organizations must submit applications through the Walmart Foundation State Giving Program’s online grant application.

Mid-America Nutrition Program operates meal sites in Osage City and Burlingame, and provides meals on wheels throughout the area. For more information, call 785-242-8341 or 800-223-MEAL.

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