Feeding America Receives One Billion Meals Through Contributions From Walmart
CHICAGO, Feb. 25, 2013
Partnership achieves a major milestone in the fight against hunger in America
CHICAGO, Feb. 25, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- As leading organizations in
helping to fight hunger, Feeding America and Walmart have achieved an
important milestone in their partnership this week—more than one billion meals
in food and products have been distributed to people in need since 2005.
This achievement marks the first time a Feeding America corporate partner has
exceeded the one billion meals mark through product donations to the
nationwide network of food banks.
"By reaching the one billion meals mark, Walmart has shown that they are
deeply committed to helping fight hunger in the United States," said Bob
Aiken, president and CEO of Feeding America, the nation's largest domestic
hunger-relief charity. "On behalf of the 37 million clients of Feeding America
and our national network of food banks, I would like to say 'thank you' to
Walmart and its associates for helping us fight hunger together."
"The one billion meals that Walmart has donated to our network have helped us
bring nutritious food to families across the country, and it is something we
would not have been able to do on our own," Aiken continued.
Food and products are critical to the 200 food banks and 61,000 agencies
across the country that make up the Feeding America network. Merchandise from
local Walmart stores goes directly to help feed the 1 in 6 Americans facing
hunger. Programs such as the BackPack Program for kids and soup kitchens
catering to seniors and vets are all recipients of Walmart donations.
The donation comes at a critical time in the fight to end hunger. According to
the U.S. Department of Agriculture, more than 50 million people in the United
States are struggling with hunger. Of that number, nearly 17 million are
"Hunger is an issue in the United States, and as the largest grocer in the
country we have a responsibility to help by leveraging our size and scale to
produce impact," said Julie Gehrki, senior director of the Walmart Foundation.
"Through the work that Feeding America is doing, we can extend our reach and
help to solve this challenge in the communities we serve. As with anything we
do at Walmart, we tackle challenges as a team, and we are proud to partner
with Feeding America to achieve this milestone."
Walmart's partnership extends throughout Feeding America's network of food
banks with virtually every member getting critically-needed perishable foods
such as meat, dairy and produce directly from a local Walmart store or Sam's
Club through the retail donation program.
In 2010, Walmart and the Walmart Foundation made a historic $2 billion
commitment to help end hunger in America. This includes providing more than
one billion pounds of food from Walmart facilities and giving $250 million to
hunger-relief organizations through 2015. Walmart also committed to raising
awareness about the issue of hunger in America to its millions of customers
and associates and to collaborate with business, government, food
manufacturers and other corporations to help fight hunger.
About Feeding America
Feeding America provides low-income individuals and families with the fuel to
survive and even thrive. As the nation's leading domestic hunger-relief
charity, our network members supply food to more than37 million Americans
each year, including14 million children and 3 million seniors. Serving the
entire United States, more than 200 member food banks support 61,000 agencies
that address hunger in all of its forms. For more information on how you can
fight hunger in your community and across the country, visit
www.feedingamerica.org. Find us on Facebook at facebook.com/FeedingAmericaor
follow our news on Twitter at twitter.com/FeedingAmerica.
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, Career 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.
Walmart has donated more than one billion meals to those in need across the
country. To learn more about Walmart's giving, visit foundation.walmart.com.
SOURCE Feeding America
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