JUN 6, 2016 – PRINCESS ANNE MD – Catholic Charities Seton Center has received a $25,000 donation from the Walmart Foundation to further its mission of providing caring service to the most vulnerable. The grant was given through the Walmart Foundation’s State Giving Program to support its food assistance program.
The Walmart Foundation’s grant will help Catholic Charities address the growing problem of hunger on Maryland’s Eastern Shore.
According to the Maryland Food Bank, one in eight Marylanders are food insecure, meaning that they do not have reliable access to a sufficient quantity of affordable, nutritious food.
“Many of our neighbors are forced to choose between buying food and making their rent, mortgage, or utility payment,” said Richelle Vible, Catholic Charities’ Executive Director. “In Maryland, 685 households, representing over 1,400 individuals from infancy to senior citizens, depend on Catholic Charities for food assistance, often on a monthly basis. Unfortunately, we continue to see that number grow.”
Catholic Charities will use the grant to purchase additional food when demand outpaces supplies from donations and other sources, as well as provide nutrition education, shopping tips, and recipes for clients.
Catholic Charities operates two food assistance programs at Seton Center – a food cooperative and emergency pantry. The coop requires that families be at 200% or below poverty level in order to qualify for membership. The emergency pantry provides 3-4 days of groceries to those in crisis and cannot afford to buy food.