EBR Council on Aging receives Wal-Mart grant

The East Baton Rouge Council on Aging received a $10,000 grant on Tuesday from Walmart’s “12 Days of Giving,” according to a news release from the Walmart Foundation.

The EBR council is one of 10 nonprofits around the country receiving the grants from Walmart’s holiday campaign focusing on nonprofits helping senior citizens in their community.

In November, Walmart called for nominations from Facebook users to submit descriptions of a nonprofit’s impact in its local community. Submissions were initially reviewed by Walmart associates from across the company and a panel from the Walmart Foundation selected the winning organizations.

More than 21,677 nominations from Facebook users were submitted.

There are over 70,000 seniors in East Baton Rouge Parish, according to the news release which said the agency delivers 125,000 meals through its Meals on Wheels program and approximately 2,500 meals on average per week to low income seniors.

Other grants were given to organizations from Mississippi, Nevada, Wisconsin, Texas, North Carolina, Georgia Florida, Connecticut and Missouri.

Over 12 consecutive days, Walmart is awarding a total of $1.5 million to 140 organizations across the country providing basic needs and services such as food, shelter, clothing and medical care. Organizations receiving grants are featured on Walmart’s Live Better tab on Facebook:

Walmart’s 12 Days of Giving 2012.