Wal-Mart donates $13 million to Mississippi charities

Wal-Mart and the Wal-Mart Foundation awarded more than $13.38 million in cash and in-kind contributions to support nonprofit organizations and programs in Mississippi through its State Giving Program over the last fiscal year.

The program looks for organizations that fulfill the needs of communities they serve and make a significant social impact in fighting hunger and healthy eating, workforce development, disaster preparedness and other needs specific to many Mississippi communities. A team of local associates determines needs within each community, reviews eligible grant applications and makes funding recommendations to the Wal-Mart Foundation.

As part of the company's commitment to fight hunger, Wal-Mart also donated 2.8 million pounds of food to area food banks. Wal-Mart Mississippi employees volunteered 37,853 hours in local community-service work.

The Mississippi contributions are part of the $1.42 billion total giving by Wal-Mart and the Wal-Mart Foundation during fiscal 2016.

To be considered for support, organizations must have a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt status and complete an application at