The Walmart Foundation and the South Carolina State Giving Advisory Council awarded United Ministries a $27,000 grant to support food assistance and operating costs in 2017.  This local grant award is part of the Walmart Foundation’s mission to fight hunger and improve nutrition, create economic opportunities, and strengthen communities.

In Greenville County, 15% of the population lives below the poverty line (2012 US Census).  If a family is living paycheck to paycheck, a temporary financial problem can quickly escalate into a crisis.  United Ministries’ Emergency Assistance Program stabilizes a family with something that most people take for granted:  food, life-sustaining medicine, and utility/rent assistance.  Last year, United Ministries provided food to 2,085 families, helping to feed 4,268 people.

United Ministries’ food pantry is distinctive in three main ways:

  1. Our integrated service model allows us to help not only meet the immediate need of hunger but also to address the root causes of poverty, such as lack of education or employment.
  2. All of the food purchased and donated goes towards helping people locally, in Greenville County.
  3. Our food pantry uses a client-choice model, whereby food recipients are able to choose the food items that best suit their families’ needs.  The client-choice model saves money, cuts down on waste, and returns dignity to the person asking for food assistance.

The Walmart Foundation is proud to support initiatives that give people access to a better life, one community at a time.  They consider it their responsibility to make a positive impact in the communities they serve, whether it’s through grants or community service.