Walmart Alongside Leading Grocery Partners Will Generate More Than 35 Million Meals this Spring and Donate $3 Million in Grants to Fight Hunger

Tue Apr 2, 2013 8:00am EDT

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Fighting Hunger Together initiative calls on customers to join the fight by
voting online and volunteering in local communities
BENTONVILLE, Ark.,  April 2, 2013  /PRNewswire/ -- This month, Walmart and 10 of
the most recognizable food companies in America embark on the third chapter of
the Fighting Hunger Together initiative focused on reducing hunger across the
nation.  Walmart and leading grocery suppliers, including  Campbell's Soup, 
ConAgra Foods,  Dr. Pepper Snapple Group,  General Mills,  Kraft Foods Group, 
Kellogg Company,  Mondelez International,  Nestle USA,  PepsiCo  and  Unilever,
have joined forces to engage millions of customers and Walmart associates this
spring and bring much needed food and funding to nonprofit organizations that
work to fight hunger.  

According to the latest data from the  USDA, more than 50 million Americans live
in food insecure households, and more than 16 million of those impacted are
children. To address this issue, the Fighting Hunger Together initiative will
partner with Feeding America, the nation's leading domestic hunger relief
charity, to deliver  $3 million  in grants for hunger programs and generate more
than 35 million meals* for local Feeding America food banks and their partner
agencies across the U.S.

"An astonishing 1 in 5 children in America are food insecure, not knowing, at
some point during the year, where their next meal will come from, and as the
nation's largest grocer, we have a responsibility to help change this reality,"
said  Julie Gehrki, senior director of the Walmart Foundation. "With this
initiative, we are working to help families across the U.S. by generating meals
and awarding grants to local food banks and agencies to support hunger relief
programs, including backpack programs providing vitals meals to children when
they are out of school, and community gardens teaching families how to grow
their own healthy foods."

The public will have the opportunity to join the fight against hunger and help
distribute grants to local communities across the country. Ways to participate
include:   

Vote  -  Customers and Walmart associates can visit  www.walmart.com/hunger  and
cast one vote per day for a Feeding America food bank or partner agency in local
communities across the country. The winning 100 organizations, which will be
announced in May, will share  $3 million  in grants to fund hunger relief
programs.

Volunteer  -  Customers and associates can pledge to volunteer at their local
food bank by visiting  www.walmart.com/hunger.

In addition, from  April 1 through August 31, Walmart associates can volunteer
at food banks and other hunger relief organizations and compete for a chance to
select an organization in their community to receive a  $5,000  grant, as part
of  Volunteerism Goes Viral.

"The Fighting Hunger Together initiative is a truly unique program that ignites
support for our nationwide network of food banks and their partner feeding
agencies at a time when the need is great," said  Bob Aiken, president and CEO
of Feeding America. "The spring months can be an especially challenging time for
our food banks, when food donations can be very low. Walmart's Fighting Hunger
Together initiative creates an easy, yet effective, way for people around the
country to help those in need. Last year, for example, the April and September
initiatives generated meals for key programs like afterschool and summer feeding
programs and classes that teach families how to prepare healthy meals at home."

Internationally recognized child expert, author and speaker,  Dr. Michele Borba,
has also teamed up with Walmart to help fight hunger this spring. Dr. Borba
offers expert insight on hunger in the U.S. and how it is impacting children and
families nationwide.

"The issue of hunger in America is very real and the effect it has on the
psychological and physical development of children is significant," said Dr. 
Michele Borba, renowned children's health and development expert and
award-winning author of 22 parenting and educational books, including  Parents
Do Make a Difference. "Not having enough to eat makes it difficult for children
to learn and grow, and puts additional stress on families. Efforts to decrease
the number of children going without meals are imperative and will have a
lasting impact on our nation's future."

In local communities this April, Walmart alongside key suppliers will host
'Stuff the Truck' food drive events to create an immediate impact to combat
hunger. Country music star,  Thomas Rhett, will attend a food drive hosted by
Walmart and General Mills to help the cause. Key suppliers are also showing
their support for the initiative at the 48th  American Country Music Awards this
April. During the awards, the performers will engage with fans and share
information about the importance of fighting hunger together.

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 from
the Walmart Foundation 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.

*$1  = 8 meals secured by Feeding America on behalf of local food banks.  

SOURCE  Walmart


Scott Pope, Walmart, 1-800-331-0085, news.walmart.com/reporter

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