Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Community Harvest Food Bank to Benefit from Walmart Generosity

Walmart Stores Inc. and the Walmart Foundation recently announced a five-year effort to combat the problem of hunger in America. Two billion in cash and other forms of support will be provided throughout the initiative called “Fighting Hunger Together.”

According to a November 2009 United States Department of Agriculture report, nearly 15 percent of households lack access to an adequate supply of nutritious food. Walmart’s response to this need will include the donation of over 1.1 billion pounds of food, $250 million in grants awarded to various hunger relief organizations, and collaboration with others that are fighting hunger as well. Over the entire five-year initiative, it’s estimated that Indiana food banks will receive the equivalent of 43 million meals. Walmart’s Fort Wayne locations are Chamber members.

Jane Avery, Executive Director of Chamber member Community Harvest Food Bank of Northeast Indiana, says: “Walmart has always been an incredibly generous food partner of ours. Since October 2008 our retail pick-up program with Walmart has garnered over one million pounds of food alone. We have two Walmart employees who are extremely active board members and we rely on them heavily. We have no greater partner in our mission than Walmart. Their contributions to Community Harvest and consequently hungry people in northeast Indiana is huge. And, this announcement means even more food assistance to those who are struggling.”  

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