Pembroke Park, FL (June 21, 2018) – Feeding South Florida, Walmart and Feeding America® are extending their thanks to everyone who helped raise over $243,000 as part of the 5th annual “Fight Hunger. Spark Change.” campaign this April, for the estimated 710,370 families who struggle with food insecurity in South Florida
“By working with Walmart, its 14 supplier partners and Synchrony Bank, we had an amazing opportunity to make progress toward ending hunger in our community,” said Paco Vélez, President & CEO of Feeding South Florida. “This campaign helped increase awareness about the issue of hunger in America, allowing us to secure more local funds and ultimately provide food to people in need throughout Palm Beach, Broward, Miami-Dade, and Monroe Counties. We hope people across South Florida realize how important their participation was in this year’s campaign.”
Walmart, Feeding America and Feeding South Florida exceeded the total meal goal for the 2018 anti-hunger campaign and want to extend a huge “thank you” to everyone who participated in the campaign to help raise more money and meals than ever before!
The fifth annual “Fight Hunger. Spark Change.” campaign kicked off on April 2 and ended on April 30. Walmart and Feeding America doubled their meal goal to at least 200 million meals. With the help of new partner Nextdoor, customers, suppliers, and Synchrony Bank, the final meal count was more than 230 million meals nationally.
“Because of the generous support of our suppliers, customers and associates, food banks will be able to do even more this year to help families who are struggling,” said Kathleen McLaughlin, president of the Walmart Foundation and chief sustainability officer for Walmart. “We are passionate about fighting hunger, and through this campaign, we have taken another significant step to breaking down the barriers that prevent families from enjoying ready access to healthier, nutritious food.”
To learn more about the campaign, visit www.walmart.com/fighthunger.
To download video and photos from the nationwide campaign, visit https://corporate.walmart.com/newsroom and https://news.walmart.com/videos/walmart-customers-and-feeding-america-secure-230-million-meals-for-fight-hunger-spark-change for a recap video of the campaign.
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About Feeding South Florida®
Feeding South Florida® is a member of the Feeding America® network of food banks and the leading domestic hunger-relief organization serving Palm Beach, Broward, Miami-Dade, and Monroe Counties. Our mission is to end hunger in South Florida by providing immediate access to nutritious food, leading hunger and poverty advocacy efforts, and transforming lives through innovative programming and education. Feeding South Florida rescues 46 million pounds of food annually, serving 710,370 individuals in need of food assistance – 248,080 of whom are children and nearly 120,000 are older adults. Feeding South Florida is the largest and most efficient food bank in each county it serves, providing for 25% of the state’s food insecure population, through a local network of nearly 400 nonprofit partner agencies and direct service programs. Visit www.feedingsouthflorida.org or call 954.518.1818.
Walmart Inc. (NYSE: WMT) helps people around the world save money and live better – anytime and anywhere – in retail stores, online, and through their mobile devices. Each week, nearly 270 million customers and members visit our more than 11,700 stores under 59 banners in 28 countries and eCommerce websites. With fiscal year 2018 revenue of $500.3 billion, Walmart employs approximately 2.3 million associates worldwide. Walmart continues to be a leader in sustainability, corporate philanthropy and employment opportunity. Additional information about Walmart can be found by visiting http://corporate.walmart.com, on Facebook at http://facebook.com/walmart and on Twitter at http://twitter.com/walmart.