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WalMart Foundtaion Funds Fairbanks Meals on Wheels

North Star Council on Aging Receives $25,000 from the Walmart Foundation to Assist with Meals for Homebound Seniors

Fairbanks, AK (December 22, 2011) – The North Star Council on Aging received a $25,000 contribution to assist with meals for homebound seniors in the Fairbanks area. The grant – which was given to the non-profit organization through the Walmart Foundation’s Alaska State Giving Program – will help purchase food in support of the Meals on Wheels senior nutrition program.  The Meals on Wheels program provides the main meal of the day for approximately 84% of its recipients. 

“The contribution from the Walmart Foundation couldn’t have come at a better time,” said Kay Patersson, Executive Director for the North Star Council on Aging.  “The continuous increase in food and fuel prices has presented us with some serious challenges.  We are extremely grateful to receive this assistance in helping us feed our community’s homebound seniors.”

The grant was presented to the North Star Council on Aging during a check presentation ceremony held today at the Fairbanks Senior Center on Moore Street.  During the ceremony, Timothy Erickson, store manager of the Fairbanks Walmart store, presented the check to North Star Council on Aging Executive Director Kay Patersson, several members of the North Star Council on Aging Board of Directors and many patrons of the Senior Center who were in attendance.

The North Star Council on Aging has served the Fairbanks community for 38 years. In addition to the Meals on Wheels program, the North Star Council on Aging provides transportation services for physician visits and grocery shopping, educational, fitness, and social activities at the Senior Center, and appropriate crisis intervention and referral services.

“The Walmart Foundation is very pleased to be supporting the North Star Council on Aging, and are committed to helping those in need in the communities where we serve,” said Fairbanks Walmart store manager Tim Erickson. “Through this grant, we are hopeful that we can help our Fairbanks community fight hunger and isolation and preserve the safety and dignity of our seniors.”

The contribution to the North Star Council on Aging was made possible through the Walmart Foundation’s Alaska State Giving Program. Through this program, the Walmart Foundation supports organizations that create opportunities so people can live better. The Walmart Foundation State Giving Program strives to award grants that have a long-lasting, positive impact on communities across the U.S.

Last year in Alaska, Walmart, Sam’s Club locations and the Walmart Foundation awarded more than $1.7 million in cash and in-kind donations to local organizations in the communities they serve in Alaska.

To be considered for support, perspective grantee organizations must submit applications through the Walmart Foundation State Giving Program’s online grant application.  Applicants must have a current 501(c)(3) tax-exempt status in order to meet the program’s minimum eligibility criteria.  Additional information about the program’s funding guidelines and application process are available online at www.walmartfoundation.org/stategiving.
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About Philanthropy at Walmart
Walmart and the Walmart Foundation are proud to support initiatives that are helping people live better around the globe. In May 2010, Walmart and its Foundation made a historic pledge of $2 billion through 2015 to fight hunger in the U.S. The Walmart Foundation also supports education, workforce development, environmental sustainability, and health and wellness initiatives. To learn more, visit www.walmartfoundation.org.

About the North Star Council on Aging
The North Star Council on Aging strives to meet the needs of older adults by providing services which enhance and promote quality of life, self-determination, independent living and dignity.  For more information, please contact us at (907) 452-1735

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