Children’s Museum receives $47,000 Grant from the Walmart Foundation

Museum to create program to teach families about making healthy choices

 (TERRE HAUTE, Ind.) December 21, 2015 – Today, the Terre Haute Children’s Museum received a $47,000 grant from the Walmart Foundation’s State Giving Program to create an educational exhibit area and programs that will help teach local families how they can make healthier choices together.  The grant was presented during a check presentation ceremony held at the Museum.

“Healthy habits start at home, and families play a crucial role in helping children form healthy habits,” said Lynn Hughes, executive director of the Terre Haute Children’s Museum. “The Museum is so very grateful for the opportunity to work with Walmart to create an interactive play grocery store area that will provide families with opportunities to learn about healthy eating habits through fun, interactive play. In addition, the Museum will be working with Walmart to offer a series of educational programs that will provide low income families with activities, facts and strategies that will make healthy choices fun and easy to include in their daily routines.”

The Walmart Foundation’s State Giving Program supports organizations that create opportunities so people can live better, awarding grants that have a long-lasting, positive impact on communities across the U.S.

“At Walmart we understand that organizations such as the Terre Haute Children’s Museum are essential to building stronger communities – and the Museum is a major contributor when it comes to strengthening our community through education,” said Walmart Market Manager Russ Koenig. “Through this donation, we are hopeful that children and their families in Terre Haute and surrounding communities will gain the valuable knowledge and skills that they need to make healthier choices so they can live healthier lives.”

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.

As part of Walmart’s $2 billion commitment to fight hunger through 2015, Walmart donated 21.4 million pounds of food to local food banks—nearly 18 million meals in the last fiscal year in Indiana.  In fact, Walmart reached $260 million in cash and $2.6 billing in in-kind donations nationwide, delivering on its commitment one year early. Additionally, just in the last fiscal year, Walmart and the Walmart Foundation gave $40 million to Indiana nonprofits.  For more information on Walmart’s fight against hunger, visit http://foundation.walmart.com/our-focus/hunger.

About the Terre Haute Children’s Museum

The Terre Haute Children's Museum, located at the corner of 8th Street and Wabash Avenue in downtown Terre Haute, is a nonprofit institution dedicated to enriching our children's lives through the exploration of science and technology. The Museum receives no city, state or federal funding, relying solely on visitor fees, gifts, donations, and grants to fund its world-class educational exhibits and programs.  For more information about the Terre Haute Children's Museum, visit www.thchildrensmuseum.com, email info@terrehautechildrensmuseum.com, or call 812 235-5548.

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.

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