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Walmart Donates Truck To MANNA
Asheville, NC (September 27, 2013) MANNA FoodBank today announced that they have received a new refrigerated truck thanks to a grant from Walmart that will help provide nutritious food to families in need. The twenty-four foot truck is one of eight trucks from across the country that Walmart has given to a local food banks this month.
In all, the trucks make up an over $1 million truck grant that the retailer has provided to a food banks across the county for refrigerated vehicles.
The refrigerated truck from Walmart has made an immediate impact on our ability to distribute food, particularly fresh produce and perishables, throughout our region, says MANNA FoodBank Executive Director Cindy Threlkeld. Last year MANNA distributed 2.5 million pounds of produce, and thanks to Walmart, we expect that amount to be even higher in 2013.
The funding for the truck is coming at a time of particular need as food insecurity remains high throughout our region according to Feeding Americas Map the Meal Gap data. For example, in Swain and Graham counties over 18 percent of residents are food insecure. If people are food insecure it means that they dont have continuous access to three square meals a day.
Walmart's partnership extends throughout Feeding America's more than 200 food banks with virtually every member getting critically needed perishable foods such as meat, dairy and produce directly from a local Walmart store or Sams 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.