Council on Aging receives $52,000 from Walmart Foundation


The Council on Aging will be able to replace the aging kitchen equipment used by its Meals on Wheels program, thanks to a donation from Walmart.

Robert Midgett, export operations manager for Walmart, presented a $52,000 check from the Walmart Foundation to Council on Aging Executive Director Becky Yanni to support the organization’s Meals on Wheels program.

“At COA, we serve over 400 freshly prepared meals every single day – and about 265 of those daily meals go to homebound elders through the COA Meals on Wheels service,” said Yanni, noting that the COA’s kitchen equipment was at approximately 20 years old. “Walmart really stepped up to the plate to help us fight hunger and poor nutrition and enhance the quality of life for the St. Johns County elder community.”

Midgett noted that when the COA requested the funds, Walmart recognized a real community need. “We strongly believe that it is our job to help support the people that we are able to serve within our community,” he said, adding that the foundation’s state giving advisory reviews submissions and administers the funds twice a year.