Retail Giant Fighting Hunger Locally | Business
On more than one occassion this past year, you have probably found yourself browsing the aisles and loading up your shopping cart at Walmart, but the retail giant wants you to know how they are giving back locally.
In a news release Wednesday, Walmart said it will continue its commitment to supporting hunger relief through its California State Giving Program by awarding $50,000 to food banks in Monterey and San Luis Obispo counties to support programs for providing healthy food for local families and emergency food assistance.
The donation is part of Walmart’s $2 billion commitment announced last year to help end hunger in America. Through the “Fighting Hunger Together” initiative, Walmart and the Walmart Foundation will give $250 million in grants to hunger relief organizations and donate more than 1.1 billion pounds of food from Walmart stores, distribution centers and Sam’s Club locations, valued at $1.75 billion.
The Walmart Foundation’s California State Giving Program granted $25,000 to the Food Bank Coalition of San Luis Obispo County and $25,000 to the Food Bank for Monterey County.
“Walmart and the Walmart Foundation are stepping up to the plate once again for our community,” said Salinas Mayor Dennis Donahue. “Their continued generosity through volunteerism, local stores regularly donating food to Salinas food charities and grants to community organizations further demonstrates Walmart’s partnership in building a great Salinas.”
“Walmart and the Walmart Foundation are truly helping people live better by providing food for local families in need through a dedicated volunteer organization such as the Food Bank Coalition of San Luis Obispo County,” said Atascadero Mayor Tom O’Malley. “We are grateful to Walmart for their continued commitment to the community.”
“Walmart and the Walmart Foundation are committed to helping end hunger for families living on the Central Coast,” said Mickey Anderson, regional general manager for Walmart stores in Central California. “By supporting food banks in our communities, we believe we can have a significant and sustained impact helping feed local families in need throughout the year.”
In San Luis Obispo County, Walmart’s funds are supporting the Food Bank Coalition of San Luis Obispo County’s Healthy Food for Local Families program aimed to reduce low-income school families' reliance on inexpensive, overly processed, high sugar and starch foods that contribute to weight gain.
“We greatly appreciate this grant from the Walmart Foundation’s California State Giving Program even more as it has been a very difficult time getting grants,” said Food Bank Coalition of San Luis Obispo County Board Chairman Ed Kurtz. “Last year we distributed 65,000 pounds of food to 12 county schools and because of donations like this from Walmart, we will be able to go beyond.”
Walmart’s contribution to the Food Bank for Monterey County has been put to work supporting their Emergency Food Assistance program, distributing food at 26 sites from south Monterey County to Pajaro.
“This grant will ensure that thousands of young children will receive a healthy box of food during the winter months. We applaud the Walmart Foundation and its outstanding commitment to ending hunger in our community,” said Leslie Sunny, Executive Director of the Food Bank for Monterey County.
As part of Fighting Hunger Together, Walmart is also mobilizing its associate and customers with volunteer events and helping raise awareness of hunger in America. More information about the initiative can be found at www.walmart.com/fightinghunger <http://www.walmart.com/fightinghunger> .