September 6, 2006
Wal-mart Stores, Inc. Partners With North Texas Food Bank To Fight Hunger
Wal-Mart and SAM’S CLUB Help to End Hunger in America with $8.7 Million Donation to the America’s Second Harvest Network
[DALLAS, TX] – Through a donation from Wal-Mart Stores, Inc., the North Texas Food Bank, a Member of America's Second Harvest—The Nation’s Food Bank Network, will receive eight truckloads of food, which will be delivered in usable quantities to over 678 feeding and education programs in 13 North Texas counties. This delivery was made possible through the generosity of 67 Wal-Mart stores, their associates and customers who raised $58,266.21 for their neighbors in the Dallas area. The funds raised will provide more than 349,597 meals over the next year for area residents who are forced to make choices between food and basic necessities.
“Thirty-eight million Americans, including nearly 14 million children, are living on the brink of hunger throughout the United States. In our 13 county service area, 692,028 North Texans live below the federal poverty level and 272,080 of them are children.” said Jan Pruitt, Chief Executive Officer of the North Texas Food Bank. “Wal-Mart’s generosity has been a tremendous assistance in helping us feed the one in eight residents in North Texas that are struggling to provide food for themselves or their families.”
During the month of March 2006, Wal-Mart and SAM’S CLUB partnered with the America’s Second Harvest Network to help raise funds and build awareness about the solvable problem of hunger in America through the “Be A Part Of The Solution To End Hunger” campaign.
The in–store promotion, featured at all 3,800 Wal-Mart and SAM’S CLUB locations nationwide, encouraged customers to purchase a “piece of the solution to end hunger” puzzle piece at check-out, raising $3.7 million. Coupled with an additional $5 million donation from the Wal-Mart and SAM’S CLUB Foundation, the combined $8.7 equates to more than 400 semi trucks carrying nearly 7.5 million meals for hungry Americans.
“We are proud to partner with America’s Second Harvest to be a part of the solution to end hunger and to be able to make a difference in the lives of our customers and neighbors in the communities we serve,” said Gus Whitcomb, Director of Community and Media Relations for Arizona, New Mexico, and Texas. “I would also like to recognize and thank our associates and customers for their generous contributions, which will touch the lives of individuals who may have otherwise gone without food.”
Of the $8.7 million raised and donated through the campaign, $7.2 million will be used for the America's Second Harvest Network purchased food program. This program provides food banks and food-rescue organizations with the highest demand foods, including protein and produce, which are critical to helping provide nutritionally balanced meals for low-income Americans. A portion of the funds – nearly $1.5 million – will go toward the Network’s BackPack Program. The program supplies backpacks full of food for children across the country to take home on weekends and during school vacations when school meals are not accessible.
“Wal-Mart’s contribution will make a significant impact in alleviating hunger throughout the America’s Second Harvest Network by enabling our Partner Agencies to provide more than 7.5 million meals to Americans nationwide,” said Vicki Escarra, president and chief executive officer of the America’s Second Harvest Network.
Hunger affects even the least likely of victims, including adults, who are caring for a family member, hard working families with children who have experienced a sudden job loss, and seniors living on a fixed income who must choose between food and medicine. Residents in North Texas can continue to be a part of the solution to end hunger in the local community every day of the year by supporting the North Texas Food Bank to help provide food to 57,000 families through pantries and serve 503,000 meals and snacks through on-site meal programs.
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About the North Texas Food Bank:
The North Texas Food Bank (NTFB) is a nonprofit center for food distribution and a member of America’s Second Harvest – The Nation’s Food Bank Network. Recognized by them as Food Bank of the Year in 2001, the NTFB is a nonprofit center for food distribution that procures donated surplus food and transfers it in usable quantities to over 678 feeding and education programs in 13 North Texas counties. These programs include food pantries, soup kitchens and shelters, after-school programs, senior citizen centers and other social service centers. Every dollar donated to the North Texas Food Bank provides $8 worth of grocery products for the hungry. Only three cents out of each dollar is used in administration and fundraising; 97 cents is used in food distribution. The North Texas Food Bank has distributed more than 330 million pounds of food since it was formed in 1982. For more about the North Texas Food Bank, please visit www.ntxfoodbank.org.
About America’s Second Harvest
America's Second Harvest — The Nation's Food Bank Network is the largest charitable domestic hunger-relief organization in the country with a Network of more than 200 Member food banks and food - rescue programs serving all 50 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico. The America's Second Harvest Network secures and distributes more than two billion pounds of donated food and grocery products annually; and supports approximately 50,000 local charitable agencies operating more than 94,000 programs including food pantries, soup kitchens, emergency shelters, after-school programs, and Kids Cafes. Last year, the America's Second Harvest Network provided food assistance to more than 25 million low-income hungry people in the United States, including nearly nine million children and nearly three million seniors. For more on America's Second Harvest, please visit www.secondharvest.org.
About Wal-Mart Stores, Inc.
Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. operates Wal-Mart discount stores, supercenters, Neighborhood Markets and SAM'S CLUB locations in the United States. The company has operations in Argentina, Brazil, Canada, China, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Germany, Guatemala, Honduras, Japan, Mexico, Nicaragua, Puerto Rico, South Korea and the United Kingdom. The company's securities are listed on the New York Stock Exchange and NYSE Arca, formerly the Pacific Stock Exchange, under the symbol WMT. More information about Wal-Mart can be found by visiting www.walmartfacts.com. Online merchandise sales are available at www.walmart.com.
More information about Wal-Mart’s charitable giving or other Foundation programs can be found at www.walmartfoundation.org.
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North Texas Food Bank
4500 S. Cockrell Hill Road
Dallas, TX 75236 - 2028
Suzanne V. Brown
Public Relations Manager
Office (214) 330-1396
Mobile (214) 794-3713