Walmart announces $79,000 gift to Food Bank of Delaware Backpack Program

028cropWe’re excited to announce that the Walmart Foundation has donated $79,000 to our efforts to provide nutritious foods to children in areas of Sussex County most impacted by Hurricane Sandy. The generous gift will be used to fund bags full of weekend and holiday food for low-income children in 10 coastal Delaware schools. With the funding we can provide weekend and holiday food to 533 children in area schools!

Our Backpack Program provides food to at-risk children for weekends and holidays when school is not in session and federal school meal programs are not available. Backpacks are stocked with kid-friendly, nutritious food including shelf-stable milk and 100-percent juice, microwavable entrees such as ravioli, rice and beans and macaroni and cheese, fruit cups, nutritious snacks and more. Bags are distributed on Fridays or the last day before a holiday or vacation in a discreet manner.

“Walmart is committed to doing our part to address basic, unmet needs – especially during the holiday season ,” said Jennifer Hoehn, Senior Manager of Public Affairs for Delaware and New Jersey. “We know that there is an increased burden on local food pantries and soup kitchens, and we are working to provide relief when and where it is most needed.”

“Walmart has shown over the years that it is a committed partner in our fight against hunger in the First State,” said  our President and CEO Patricia Beebe. “Just last February they donated a brand-new refrigerated truck and consistently provide nutritious foods to our efforts to alleviate hunger. We’re thankful that Walmart understands that childhood hunger is a problem that needs to be addressed.”

THANK YOU TO WALMART!

For more information about the Backpack Program, please click here.

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