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Advocates of Hunger Relief Cast More Than 443,000 Votes and Direct $3 Million in Grants for Food Banks and Partner Agencies

Advocates of Hunger Relief Cast More Than 443,000 Votes and Direct $3 Million
           in Grants for Food Banks and Partner Agencies Nationwide

Walmart and Feeding America distribute funds for local hunger-relief
organizations as a part of Walmart's Fighting Hunger Together initiative

PR Newswire

BENTONVILLE, Ark., May 6, 2013

BENTONVILLE, Ark., May 6, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --From April 1 to April 30, more
than 443,000 votes were cast for the more than 300 eligible Feeding America
food banks and partner agencies as part of a campaign to fight hunger in local
communities. Customers were invited to cast votes at www.walmart.com/hunger
for the eligible organization of their choosing and as a result, 100 food
banks and partner feeding agencies were selected as grant winners. The funds
will be distributed by Feeding America, the nation's leading hunger relief
organization, stemming from a $3 million grant provided by Walmart this
spring. These grants will help support a number of programs, including local
backpack programs that provide vital meals to children when they are out of
school and community gardens that teach families how to grow their own healthy
foods.

The winners of the April Fighting Hunger Together initiative include:

40 Feeding America member food banks will receive $1.8 million in grants ($45k
each):

Second Harvest Food   Regional East    El Pasoans        Second Harvest Food
Bank of Northeast     Texas Food Bank  Fighting Hunger   Bank of East
Tennessee (Gray, TN)  (Tyler, TX)      (El Paso, TX)     Tennessee (Maryville,
                                                         TN)
Second Harvest Food   Second Harvest   Community Food
Bank of Santa Clara   Foodbank of      Warehouse of      Second Harvest Food
and San Mateo         Southern         Mercer County     Bank of Northwest NC
Counties (San Jose,   Wisconsin        (Sharon, PA)      (Winston-Salem, NC)
CA)                   (Madison, WI)
Feeding South Dakota  Tarrant Area     FOOD Inc DBA      Food Bank of Northern
(Sioux Falls, SD)     Food Bank (Fort Community Food    Nevada (McCarran, NV)
                      Worth, TX)       Bank (Fresno, CA)
Golden Harvest Food   Channel One,     Roadrunner Food   St. Mary's Food Bank
Bank, Inc. (Augusta,  Inc. (Rochester, Bank, Inc.        Alliance (Phoenix,
GA)                   MN)              (Albuquerque, NM) AZ)
Chattanooga Area Food Cleveland        St. Louis Area    Food Bank of Corpus
Bank (Chattanooga,    Foodbank, Inc.   Food Bank Inc.    Christi (Corpus
TN)                   (Cleveland, OH)  (Bridgeton, MO)   Christi, TX)
                      Food Bank of                       Second Harvest Food
FOOD Share (Oxnard,   Central &        Utah FoodBank     Bank of San Joaquin &
CA)                   Eastern North    (Salt Lake City,  Stanislaus Counties
                      Carolina         UT)               (Manteca, CA)
                      (Raleigh, NC)
Second Harvest Food   God's Pantry     Harvesters - The  Foodbank of Santa
Bank of Central       Food Bank        Community Food    Barbara County (Santa
Florida, Inc.         (Lexington, KY)  Network (Kansas   Barbara, CA)
(Orlando, FL)                          City, MO)
Kansas Food Bank      Greater Berks    Weld Food Bank    Mid-Ohio Foodbank
Warehouse, Inc        Food Bank        (Greeley, CO)     (Grove City, OH)
(Wichita, KS)         (Reading, PA)
Harry Chapin Food     Northern                           The Food Bank for
Bank of Southwest     Illinois Food    West Ohio Food    Central & Northeast
Florida (Fort Myers,  Bank (Geneva,    Bank (Lima, OH)   Missouri, Inc.
FL)                   IL)                                (Columbia, MO)
Food Bank of the                       Harvest Texarkana Food Bank of the
Albemarle (Elizabeth  Vermont Foodbank Regional Food     Southern Tier
City, NC)             (Barre, VT)      Bank, Inc         (Elmira, NY)
                                       (Texarkana, AR)



60 partner feeding agencies will receive $1.2 million in grants ($20k each):



Steven A Hunter    Twigs - The Family      Hyland Heights
Hope Fund, Inc.    Treehouse (Granite     Baptist Church,  Metro World Child
(Portsmouth, OH)   City, IL)               Inc. (Rustburg,  (Brooklyn, NY)
                                           VA)


Ringgold United    First United Methodist  Victory Dream    StoreHouse
Methodist Church   Church of Chatsworth   Center          Ministries
D/B/A Nourishing   (Chatsworth, GA)        (Carbondale, IL) (Wartburg, TN)
Children in
Catoosa
(Ringgold, GA)
                                           Loaves and
Emmaus Mission     S.O.S. Backpack         Fishes of        FOCUS North
Center, Inc.       Ministry                Northwest        America
(Logansport, IN)   (Hendersonville, TN)    Oklahoma (Enid,  (Pittsburgh, PA)
                                           OK)


Hope Distributed   New Covenant Community  The Cross        The Salvation Army
Community          Church (Audubon, NJ)    Matthew's Market (El Cajon, CA)
Development                                (Rochester, IN)
Corporation
(Harrisonburg, VA)
Signal Crest       Westerville Area        Brighton Center, Evangelical
United Methodist   Resource Ministry       Inc. (Newport,   Covenant Church
Church (Signal     (Westerville, OH)       KY)              (Lafayette, IN)
Mountain, TN)
Weakley County     Youth Services of       Grundy County    Kids of the
Backpack Program  Tulsa, Inc. (Tulsa, OK) Food Bank       Community
(Dresden, TN)                              (Tracy City, TN) (McMinnville, TN)
                                           Boys & Girls     Owsley County
Hunt County Shared Georgetown-Chunchula    Clubs of         Outreach
Ministries         United Methodist Church Northeastern     Corporation
(Greenville, TX)   (Chunchula, AL)         Pennsylvania     (Booneville, KY)
                                           (Scranton, PA)

                                                            Hands of Hope
The Open Door/Cape Lutheran Social         Community        Outreach/Victory
Ann Food Pantry,   Services of Central     Cupboard         Life Food Bank
Inc. (DBA:The Open Ohio (Worthington, OH) (Belvidere, IL)  (Durant, OK)
Door) (Gloucester,
MA)
Family Assistance  Metrocrest Social       Appalachian      Jewish Family
Ministries (San    Services (Farmers       Outreach        Service of San
Clemente, CA)      Branch, TX)             (Jefferson City, Diego (San Diego,
                                           TN)              CA)
New Hope           Helping Our People in   Seed for His
Ministries         Elsinore, Inc. (Lake    Harvest          Hope Center for
(Dillsburg, PA)    Elsinor, CA)            Ministries (El  Kids (Omaha, NE)
                                           Paso, TX)
Kingdom Kids of    Ronald McDonald House   Food for         Feeding Our
Tampa Bay, Inc     Charities San Diego     Thought, Inc.    Communities
(Temple Terrace,   (San Diego, CA)         (Manteo, NC)     Partners
FL)                                                         (Mankato, MN)
TNKids Nutrition,                          The Golden       Fern Creek
Inc. (Springfield, Loving Hearts Outreach  Backpack Program Elementary School
TN)                (Washington, MO)        (Golden, CO)     Foundation Inc.
                                                            (Orlando, FL)
Metropolitan       Madisonville Education  Edenton-Chowan   First United
Family Service     and Assistance Center,  Food Pantry     Methodist Food
(Portland, OR)     Inc. (Cincinnati, OH)   (Edenton, NC)    Pantry (Ashland,
                                                            KY)
                   Broad Street                             Food For Thought –
Haven From Hunger Presbyterian Church     About Our Kids,  Denver (Arvada,
(Peabody, MA)      Food Pantry (Columbus, Inc. (Lamar, MO) CO)
                   OH)
                                           Christ's Food    Dover First
Missoula Food Bank Inter Parish Ministry   Center, Inc.     Seventh-Day
(Missoula, MT)     (Cincinnati, OH)        (Hodgen, OK)     Adventist Church
                                                            (Dover, DE)



Joining Walmart in the fight against hunger this spring were 10 of the most
recognizable food companies in the U.S. — including Campbell's Soup, ConAgra
Foods, Dr. Pepper Snapple Group, General Mills, Kraft Foods Group, Kellogg
Company, Mondelez International, Nestle USA, PepsiCo and Unilever.

"We hope that the organizations benefitting from these funds will be able to
continue and expand the positive work they are doing in local communities,"
said Julie Gehrki, senior director of the Walmart Foundation. "We want to
thank all those who participated in this campaign for their commitment to
hunger relief, and we hope that the impact of the grant dollars we award will
combine with new volunteers and greater public awareness of this issue to make
a lasting impact in communities throughout the country."

With the help of ConAgra Foods, General Mills and Kellogg Company, Walmart was
able to generate an additional 136,000 meals for Feeding America food banks
through local market food drive events. Joining the General Mills event in
Atlanta was country music artist Thomas Rhett, and in Nashville Emmy
Award-winning analyst for ESPN's College GameDay, Kirk Herbstreit, partnered
with Walmart and Kellogg.

The Fighting Hunger Together initiative is part of Walmart's and the Walmart
Foundation's $2 billion commitment through 2015 to fight hunger. As a part of
this commitment, Walmart and its Foundation pledged to donate more than 1.1
billion pounds of food from Walmart stores, distribution centers and Sam's
Club locations, valued at $1.75 billion, as well as $250 million in grants to
support hunger relief organizations. To participate or to learn more about our
commitment, visit www.walmart.com/hunger.

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 Wal-Mart Stores, Inc.

Website: http://walmartstores.com
Contact: Scott Pope, Walmart, 1-800-331-0085, news.walmart.com/reporter
 
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