Walmart donates $250K to Dallas nonprofit CitySquare
Shawn Wills, our Chief Development Officer sent this message around the organization and I think its a pretty big deal. No, it doesn't erase the problems we have with WalMart, nor is it a substitute for economic justice. But it is a generous gift that should be acknowledged...
Dallas-based nonprofit CitySquare received a donation of $250,000 from the Walmart Foundation to support its Food on the Move Program.
CitySquare has worked in the Dallas area for more than 25 years and also serves Houston, Austin and Waco. Its Food on the Move program delivers more summer lunches to children who would otherwise go hungry than any other program in the state of Texas, with more than 1 million meals served in summer 2013 alone.
“This is part of our commitment to help end hunger in the U.S.,” said Erica Jones, senior manager of communications for Walmart. “With Food on the Move, what they’re doing, getting out there and getting food to kids during the summer months, we just think, why wouldn’t you want to support that? It’s right to do for the community.”
This year, the organization plans to continue growing. Starting June 9, it began giving out nutritious meals and snacks as well as providing play time for children and youth in low-income neighborhoods.
“It’s wonderful because it helps with our transportation costs,” said Renee Caldwell, senior manager of communications and outreach for Food on the Move. “We’re able to feed more kids locally as well as outside the city.”