Fight Hunger. Spark Change. campaign and a grant for the Mobile Food Pantry program brings tens of thousands of dollars to the 42 Kentucky Counties
Elizabethtown Walmart Managers Jeremy Scott, Dixie Davis, and Diane Witzlab are pictured with employees as they present a check to Amber Lyvers, Development Director, and Gary Miles, Executive Director of Feeding America Kentucky’s Heartland.
ELIZABETHTOWN, KY, (July 29, 2015) – Today Walmart announced that Feeding America, Kentucky’s Heartland (FAKH) Food Bank has received $120,873.59 from two charitable campaigns over the last three months. Residents across the 42 counties served by FAKH generated a total of $60,873.59, for the food bank through Walmart’s Fight Hunger. Spark Change. campaign and another $60,000 was donated by Walmart to support the food bank’s Mobile Food Pantry initiative.
The Fight Hunger. Spark Change. campaign offered customers the opportunity to help fight hunger from April 6 to May 3, 2015 by making a donation to their local Feeding America food bank at a Walmart register, or purchasing select products from some of the nation’s leading food companies: Campbell’s, ConAgra Foods, General Mills, Kellogg Company, Kraft, and Unilever. In addition, the public participated in the #WeSparkChange social media challenge. Customers were asked to take a picture of six friends who share their commitment to fight hunger and post a public picture on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter with the hashtag #WeSparkChange. For each post, Walmart donated $10 to Feeding America on behalf of its affiliate food banks.
In addition to the money raised through the Fight Hunger. Spark Change. campaign, Feeding America Kentucky’s Heartland was awarded a state giving grant from the Walmart Foundation in the amount of $60,000, which the food bank intends to use in support of its Mobile Food Pantry program.
“We are so grateful to everyone who participated in Walmart’s Fight Hunger. Spark Change. this year. Your support has helped us secure critical meals for women, children, and seniors who struggle with hunger across our service area,” said Amber Lyvers, Development Director of Feeding America, Kentucky’s Heartland. “In addition, the grant from the WalMart Foundation will allow us to distribute approximately 600,000lbs of fresh Kentucky produce and food items to those across our 42 counties. We couldn’t be more excited for the upcoming months!”
Hunger is a nationwide problem with local implications in every community across the United States. One in six people in America will struggle with hunger at some point during the year, according to the USDA. Feeding America estimates over 220,000 children in Kentucky are food insecure.
“We take pride in giving back to local communities and empowering residents to support their neighbors in need.” said Karrie Dennison, Director of Hunger and Nutrition for Walmart and the Walmart Foundation. “With 49 million Americans struggling with hunger today, we are dedicated to helping families access affordable, nutritious and sustainably grown food. With the support of our customers, associates and Feeding America, we will continue our work to help every family have access to the food they need.”
The Fight Hunger. Spark Change. campaign and state giving grants are just two of Walmart’s many efforts to provide meals to those in need, helping ensure every family has access to affordable, nutritious and sustainably grown food. As the nation’s largest grocer, Walmart is in a unique leadership position to help impact the issue of hunger in the United States. Last year, Walmart announced a commitment to create a more sustainable food system, with a focus on improving the affordability of food by lowering the “true cost” of food for both customers and the environment, increasing access to food, making healthier eating easier, and improving the safety and transparency of the food chain. This commitment includes a goal of providing four billion meals to those in need in the U.S. over the next five years.
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About Feeding America, Kentucky’s Heartland: Feeding America, Kentucky’s Heartland feeds more than 174,500 hungry through their various programs each year, including over 5,500 children in 35 counties on the BackPack Program. For more information about programs, volunteering, or how to make a donation to Feeding America, Kentucky’s Heartland, visit their website at: www.feedingamericaky.org.
About Walmart: Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. (NYSE: WMT) helps people around the world save money and live better – anytime and anywhere – in retail stores, online, and through their mobile devices. Each week, we serve nearly 260 million customers who visit our 11,495 stores under 65 banners in 28 countries and e-commerce websites in 11 countries. With fiscal year 2015 revenue of $486 billion, Walmart employs more than 2 million associates worldwide. Walmart continues to be a leader in sustainability, corporate philanthropy and employment opportunity. Additional information about Walmart can be found by visiting http://corporate.walmart.com on Facebook at http://facebook.com/walmart and on Twitter at http://twitter.com/walmart. Online merchandise sales are available at http://www.walmart.com and http://www.samsclub.com.
About Philanthropy at Walmart: By using our strengths to help others, Walmart and the Walmart Foundation create opportunities for people to live better every day. We have stores in 27 countries, employing more than 2.2 million associates and doing business with thousands of suppliers who, in turn, employ millions of people. We are helping people live better by accelerating upward job mobility and economic development for the retail workforce; addressing hunger and making healthier, more sustainably-grown food a reality; and building strong communities where we operate and inspiring our associates to give back. Whether it is helping to lead the fight against hunger in the United States with $2 billion in cash and in-kind donations or supporting Women’s Economic Empowerment through a series of grants totaling $10 million to the Women in Factories training program in Bangladesh, China, India and Central America, Walmart and the Walmart Foundation are not only working to tackle key social issues, we are also collaborating with others to inspire solutions for long-lasting systemic change. To learn more about Walmart’s giving, visit www.foundation.walmart.com.