Wednesday, February 18, 2009
Wal-Mart Foundation today announced a $200,000 donation to the Rural Delivery Program and Senior Box Program at the Kansas Food Bank at 10 a.m. The Rural Delivery Program provides emergency assistance to a network of hunger-relief agencies in the Feeding America service area of 85 Kansas counties. The Senior Box Program supplies food to Kansas seniors to help meet their needs on a monthly basis.
As a nationwide effort with the Feeding America organization, Wal-Mart will also extend its food donation program to Kansas this year. Sam's Club began participating in the program in May of last year, and since then, the Kansas Food Bank has received over 172,000 pounds of food, approximately 4,600 pounds each week.
"In this great time of need, the Wal-Mart Foundation is committed to making the greatest impact here in Kansas by supporting charitable causes that are important to our customers," said Angela Stoner, senior manager of public affairs and government relations at Wal-Mart. "The Foundation's donation to the Kansas Food Bank represents the Wal-Mart philosophy of operating globally and giving back locally."
The number of people seeking food assistance at the Kansas Food Bank has increased 20 to 30 percent this year in the wake of tough economic times. Demand continues to rise and donations have remained relatively flat.
"We are so grateful to the Wal-Mart Foundation for their support of the Kansas Food Bank," said Brian Walker, president & CEO of the Kansas Food Bank. "This donation couldn't have come at a better time as we are gearing up for the increasing need we will be seeing this year. The funds we received today will provide so much food for those in need. We are blessed to have friends like this in the community and greatly appreciate their help in the fight against hunger."
To extend company support of the Kansas Food Bank, approximately 80 Wal-Mart associates plan to volunteer their time at the local Food Bank in Wichita on Saturday, February 21.