Dayton, September 27, 2013 – Representatives from Walmart presented Michelle Riley, The Foodbank’s CEO, with keys to two new refrigerated trucks. Thanks to Walmart’s generosity and community giving programs, The Foodbank can increase mobile pantries and pick up more items.
The first truck, made possible through a $75,000 grant from Walmart Foundation’s State Giving Council, will be used to make fresh food and produce more accessible to individuals and families in the Miami Valley via both retail pickups at Walmart and Sam’s Club locations and mobile farmers markets.
The second truck, provided by a grant through Feeding America by the Walmart Foundation, is valued at $104,494.00 and will be used to pick up food donations at local Walmarts and Sam’s Clubs in Montgomery, Greene, and Preble Counties.
“The Walmart Foundation seeks to support the organizations committed to making a difference in the communities we serve by helping individuals and families in need,” said Erik Hingst, Director of Walmart Public Affairs & Government Relations. “Supporting organizations that work every day to help others live better is our mission so we are pleased to help The Foodbank to bring more fresh produce and healthy food to more people who struggle with access.”
These trucks will facilitate The Foodbank’s efforts to both procure and distribute fresh fruits and vegetables to food-insecure individuals in the Miami Valley. The Foodbank team would like to thank Mr. Hingst, Mr. Farrier, Mr. Ellison, and Walmart for their support in our fight against hunger.