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Salvation Army Recognized for Helping Break the Cycle of Poverty, Violence, and Hunger

Released 13 March 2014


The Salvation Army Peer Mentoring Program received a special resolution at the weekly Philadelphia City Council meeting sponsored by Councilwoman Maria D. Quiñones-Sanchez and Councilman Darrell L. Clarke. The Peer Mentoring Program was established in 2013 to help break the cycle of poverty, violence, and hunger in the city, thanks to the generous support of Walmart, which has donated $150,000 over two years.

Walmart's support allows The Salvation Army to offer the program at several of its neighborhood corps community centers to provide far-reaching access for city residents in need of social services, including the Hispanic community. In the past year, the program has served more than 225 individuals in Philadelphia and is facilitating one of the first SELF Groups, part of the Sanctuary Model® developed by Dr. Sandy Bloom, in the city to be conducted in Spanish.

"This program has been an asset to our community," said Susan Brotherton, director of social service ministries for The Salvation Army of Greater Philadelphia. "We are so thankful to receive this generous donation from Walmart, which allows us to continue this process of providing mentorship to vulnerable individuals and encouraging healing and self-reliance. We're proud to have a partner who shares our vision of holistic care for all."

In 2010, Walmart and the Walmart Foundation launched "Fighting Hunger Together" – a $2 billion cash and in-kind commitment through 2015 to fight hunger in America. This initiative leverages Walmart's size and resources to provide nutritious food and the Walmart Foundation's ability to grant funding to nonprofits that help elevate the issue. Walmart's contribution to The Salvation Army of Greater Philadelphia is a part of its broader commitment to break the cycle of hunger in the United States.

Salvaion Army and Walmart receive Philadelphia City Council Resolution

About Philanthropy at Walmart:

Walmart and the Walmart Foundation are committed to helping people live better through philanthropic efforts. By operating globally and giving back locally, Walmart is uniquely positioned to address the needs of the communities it serves and make a significant social impact within its core areas of giving: Hunger Relief and Nutrition, Sustainability, Workforce Opportunity and Women's Economic Empowerment. Walmart and the Walmart Foundation are leading the fight against hunger in the United States with a $2 billion commitment through 2015. To date, Walmart has donated more than 1 billion pounds of food to those in need across the country. To learn more about Walmart's giving, visit To learn more about Walmart in Philadelphia visit

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