Walmart ‘Food Pantry Makeover’ Winner in Salem

Walmart announced the 75 food pantry winners of the Food Pantry Holiday Makeover campaign that will each receive a $20,000 grant for facility makeovers. One of the winners is St. Joseph’s Storehouse Food Pantry, which serves residents of Salem and Swampscott.

Over the past two weeks, communities nationwide came together to vote at for their local food pantry to win a grant. The grants are being made to help the winning food pantries, such as St. Joseph’s, renovate their facilities and purchase essential equipment such as new refrigerators, ovens, stoves, storage units, and even refrigerated trucks to help them better serve families in need.

St. Joseph’s Storehouse’s mission is to alleviate hunger in Salem with supplemental food and emergency food assistance; to provide children with life-changing opportunities; to deliver groceries to the elderly, disabled and disadvantaged; to offer programs to all ages that promote growth and self-confidence and to serve the community with grace, dignity and non-discrimination.

The Food Pantry Holiday Makeover campaign launched at a time when food pantries across the country are preparing for their busiest time of year and facing high rates of need, with more than 49 million Americans experiencing food insecurity in 2013i. Meeting this need requires food pantries to not only have food on hand, but be well-equipped to safely store, prepare, and transport the food that will ultimately end up on a family’s table.
“We are so thankful for everyone who voted and for the communities that came together to support their local hunger relief agencies,” said Kathleen McLaughlin, president of the Walmart Foundation and senior vice president of Walmart Sustainability. “Today, the dedicated food pantry staff and volunteers who work so hard to fight hunger can start making plans for the purchase of new equipment and renovations. We hope that these grants will help make the holidays a little brighter not just for the food pantry staff and volunteers, but also, most importantly, for the families served by these organizations.”