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WalMart Foundation provides $110,000 grant to Second Harvest Food Bank

We almost went through the week without mentioning a major contribution by the Walmart Foundation Washington State Giving Program to Spokane's Second Harvest Food Bank.

The award of $110,000 will be used by Second Harvest to buy  a new semi-tractor, expected to help increase the nonprofit’s food distribution to 28 million pounds annually by 2016.

That award is one of several announced by the mammoth U.S. and global retailer. The Arkansas-based company announced it has awarded $750,000 in Washington state grants in 2012, including $375,000 to nine nonprofit organizations in the second half of 2012.

Additional information about the program’s funding guidelines and application process are available online at www.walmartfoundation.org/stategiving.

Nursery, Food Bank get $1,000 from STCU

The Vanessa Behan Crisis Nursery and Second Harvest Food Bank will each receive $1,000 from Spokane Teachers Credit Union.

The two charities outpolled 126 others who were nominated at the Greater Spokane Incorporated annual meeting Wednesday.

Attendees named the charity they wanted funded by STCU, which put “Who do you love” nomination cards at every place setting.

STCU spokeswoman Breanne O’Doherty said 582 cards were filled out, and 128 charities nominated.