Wal-Mart donates $30,000 to Hancock Food Pantry

BAY ST. LOUIS -- Hancock County Food Pantry has received a $30,000 contribution as part of the Wal-Mart Foundation State Giving Program.

The grant will assist with feeding 600 families per month and supports the organization's mission to provide food and personal hygiene products to people in need.

The grant was presented during a check presentation ceremony at the Food Pantry facility. Wal-Mart store manager Ray Cox said the company is continuing to help families in need.

Since opening its doors in 1986, the Food Pantry has provided free food to more than 239,000 individuals from more than 95,000 families and is operated entirely by volunteers.

The Wal-Mart Foundation's Mississippi State Giving Program awarded more than $14 million to local organizations last year through cash and in-kind donations. A team of local associates determine needs within each state, review eligible grant applications and make funding recommendations to the Wal-Mart Foundation. Eligible applicants must have a current 501(c)(3) tax-exempt status.