Walmart Foundation associates donate $120,000 for Farms to Food Banks

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A recent grant from the Walmart Foundation allowed the Kentucky Association of Food Banks to purchase and distribute 370,000 pounds of Kentucky-grown produce this summer through its Farms to Food Banks program. This is the equivalent of half a plate full of fruits and vegetables for 569,000 meals.
Farms to Food Banks provides fresh, healthy produce to Kentuckians in need while reducing the amount of wasted food and providing additional markets for farmers. The association purchases at cost Kentucky-grown surplus and No. 2 produce that is edible but not saleable on the retail market. The produce is distributed free of charge to low-income Kentuckians through the food bank network
Jason Wetzel, director of public affairs and government relations with Walmart, presented a check for $100,000 from the Walmart Foundation at an event hosted this month by the association at the State Capitol in Frankfort. Wetzel stressed that the grant is part of the company’s overall commitment to ending hunger.
“Walmart is proud to partner with the Kentucky Association of Food Banks to provide healthy, nutritious food to Kentuckians,” Wetzel said. “At Walmart, we strive to provide people with access to a better life. Our giving philosophy is based on the idea that we can do the most good by supporting issues and causes that are important to our customers and associates.”
In addition to the Walmart Foundation grant, the Kentucky Association of Food Banks also received a $20,000 donation from the Walmart Associates Choice Program.
“These awards come at a time when food banks are facing unprecedented demand for emergency food assistance and when Kentucky farmers are struggling through a tough summer,” said Tamara Sandberg, executive director of the association. “We are grateful to the Walmart Foundation and associates for their support of our efforts to increase access to fresh, healthy produce among our struggling neighbors while helping Kentucky farmers recoup losses.”
Last year alone, Walmart stores, Sam’s Club locations and the Walmart Foundation gave more than $13.6 million in cash and in-kind donations to local organizations in the communities they serve in the state of Kentucky. Through additional funds donated by customers, and Walmart and Sam’s Club associates throughout the state, the retailer’s contributions in Kentucky totaled more than $14.7 million.
For more information about the Farms to Food Banks project, visit http://www.kafb.org/programs-services, call the association at (859) 358-6719 or email at info@kafb.org.

About the Kentucky Association of Food Banks
The Kentucky Association of Food Banks is comprised of seven Feeding America food banks that reach all 120 counties of Kentucky and serve an estimated 1 in 7 of all Kentuckians annually. Last year, its members distributed 50.9 million pounds of food and grocery products - the equivalent of 39 million meals - to more than 1,000 charitable feeding agencies such as pantries, soup kitchens, and shelters.