Funds to increase access to SNAP Program, healthier food for low-income households

DALLAS (March 19, 2020) – Catholic Charities Dallas (CCD) has received a $10,000 grant from the Walmart Foundation, in partnership with Catholic Charities USA (CCUSA), for a region wide outreach effort to make residents aware of the Federal Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) and to provide enrollment assistance to eligible low-income families and individuals, including seniors.

SNAP is the nation’s largest domestic hunger safety net program and works with state, nonprofit, and private sector partners to improve awareness of and access to better nutritional and healthy food choices. This is CCD’s first year participating in the SNAP enrollment program; the organization will use the funding to educate and enroll individuals and families through existing CCD programs. Annually, CCD serves more than 50,000 individuals in need throughout the nine-county area of the Catholic Diocese of Dallas.  

“This grant provides us with the necessary resources to expand outreach to individuals and families in need and ensure they have access to benefits that are available to them,” said Dave Woodyard, President/CEO of CCD. “One of our primary mission areas is the alleviation of hunger, and the SNAP outreach program complements the work we are already doing in providing nutritional food through our community-based food pantries, client choice pantry and mobile community pantries.”

The Walmart Foundation creates opportunities for people to live better. With more than 20 Walmart stores located in the nine counties of the Diocese of Dallas, the Walmart Foundation works to make a positive impact in the communities it serves. Whether through grants to thousands of organizations that share the Foundation’s mission or through inspiring volunteer efforts of Walmart associates, the Walmart Foundation is passionate about helping people live better, one community at a time. To learn more about the Walmart Foundation, visit foundation.walmart.com.

About Catholic Charities Dallas

Catholic Charities Dallas (CCD) calls the community to action to join us in addressing the root causes of poverty, hunger, and homelessness by serving, educating, and empowering all those in need. As an independent 501(c)(3) and one of the leading social service providers in North Texas, CCD annually serves over 50,000 people through integrated, collaborative and multi-disciplinary programs in the following areas: early childhood education; programs related to housing, homelessness and seniors; poverty and hunger alleviation; pregnancy, parenting and adoption counseling and services; disaster preparedness and relief; immigration legal resources; refugee resettlement; and shelter and foster care for unaccompanied refugee and immigrant minors. For more information, please visit www.ccdallas.org.