Walmart drive provides 500,000 meals

July 20, 2017 in Donation drive Major giving

This year, Walmart’s nationwide Fight Hunger. Spark Change. initiative provided 218 million meals to Feeding America food banks across the country. Ozarks Food Harvest was awarded $125,000 to fight hunger right here in the Ozarks.

From April 17 through May 15, Walmart encouraged shoppers to join the fight against hunger by donating through an online campaign, as well as purchasing specialty-marked products and giving monetary donations at the register.

These donations will allow Ozarks Food Harvest to provide more than 500,000 meals to children, families and seniors who struggle with hunger and access food assistance from The Food Bank’s network of 270 member agencies.

“We are incredibly grateful for partnerships that are made available to us by being a part of the Feeding America network,” said Denise Gibson, director of development and communication at Ozarks Food Harvest. “With summer being our slow fundraising and event season, this campaign helps us raise awareness and secure funds to help our struggling neighbors.”

Kathleen McLaughlin, chief sustainability officer and president of the Walmart Foundation added, “At Walmart, we aim to use our strengths and collaborate with others to transform the systems we all rely on. We believe that the value-maximizing strategy is the one that creates shared value for customers, business and society.”