Today through the Walmart Foundation and its Kansas State Giving Program, Walmart awarded nearly $610,000 to Kansas nonprofits. U.S. Senator Pat Roberts, Walmart executives, associates and 13 Kansas nonprofits gathered at a Topeka Walmart Supercenter to reflect on charitable work done across the state of Kansas. To close the ceremony, Walmart gifted more than a half million dollars to continue the vital work throughout the state.
“What we saw Walmart do today was incredible. Investing in our nonprofits’ future endeavors showcases Walmart’s devotion to the well-being of our state,” said U.S. Senator Pat Roberts. “Each of the 13 nonprofits are a lifeline for those in need across Kansas and we are grateful for their unwavering service and dedication to helping others.”
Walmart and the Walmart Foundation look for organizations that address the needs of the communities they serve and make a significant social impact on a local and state level.
In 2012, in Kansas, the Walmart Foundation awarded more than $6.5 million in cash and in-kind contributions to community groups that are positioned to address the needs of Kansas communities and make a significant social impact within Walmart’s core areas of giving: Hunger Relief and Healthy Eating, Sustainability, Career Opportunity and Women’s Economic Empowerment.
The Kansas Dental Charitable Foundation was one of the thirteen recpients who received funding today from Walmart.
“On behalf of the Kansas Dental Charitable Foundation, its board of directors, the 7000 volunteers and the more than 23,000 patients we have treated, we wish to thank Walmart for its generous support of the Kansas Mission of Mercy project in Dodge City,” said Dr. Richard McFadden of Dodge City who is serving as the KMOM Dodge City chair. “It is because of the great support of foundations like Walmart here today that we can continue to provide excellent dental services to our patients.
To date, more than $12 million in services have been provided at 12 projects across that state since 2003.”
The thirteenth Kansas Mission of Mercy dental project will take place on February 28-March 1 at the Western State Bank ExpoCenter in Dodge City. Hundreds of dentists, dental hygienists, dental assistants, combined with hundreds of local volunteers will provide free dental care to nearly 2000 patients.
“The magnitude of its size makes it unbelievable to see,” McFadden said. “A waiting room with one thousand patients, a dental office with a hundred chairs going all day. You really have to see it to fully appreciate what is being done by dental professionals across the state.”
About Philanthropy at Walmart
Walmart and the Walmart Foundation are committed to helping people live better through philanthropic efforts. By operating globally and giving back locally, Walmart is uniquely positioned to address the needs of the communities it serves and make a significant social impact within its core areas of giving: Hunger Relief and Healthy Eating, Sustainability, Career Opportunity and Women’s Economic Empowerment. Walmart and the Walmart Foundation are leading the fight against hunger in the United States with a $2 billion commitment through 2015. Walmart has donated more than 1 billion meals to those in need across the country. To learn more about Walmart’s giving, visit foundation.walmart.com.