Walmart Neighborhood Markets Kick off Food Drive for the Interfaith Community Services Food Banks this Saturday

                                                                                   

Walmart Foundation to Present Food Bank with $20,000 Grant on Wednesday

All 10 Walmart Neighborhood Markets in the Tucson area are coming together May 5 – 18, 2018 for a food drive to fight hunger for neighbors in need. On Wednesday, May 9, as part of the program’s kickoff, Walmart and the Walmart Foundation will present 
the Interfaith Community Services (ICS) F
ood Banks with a $20,000 grant at a local store to help the Food Bank with supplies and a mobile food pantry program. The Walmart Neighborhood Markets are collecting food to help ICS Food Banks in Tucson stock up their shelves in preparation for the busy summer, as seasonal residents leave town and food donations drop during a time of heightened need. Here’s how you can get involved: Shoppers at the Walmart Neighborhood Markets can purchase at the registers a $5.00 pre-filled bag of the most needed items at the ICS Food Banks, including pasta and sauce, tuna and meals in a can. Three in five students in Arizona rely on free or reduced lunch programs in school, an
d with school soon to be out for the summer, many families have difficulty obtaining food for their children. “We see an increase in the number of families turning to us during the summer,” says ICS Food Banks Coordinator Curt Balko. “This generous drive from Walmart Neighborhood Markets and grant from the Walmart Foundation will go a long way toward helping us get food into the hands of children and adults who rely on us.” “Sam Walton, early in the establishment of Walmart, set up his company with the

 values of: service to the customer; respect for the individual; strive for excellence; and act with integrity. I also believe these are the principles we apply to life in general,” says Garrett Harrison, store manager at the Walmart Neighborhood Market at Ina and Thornydale, who organized the food drive. About the Interfaith Community Services (ICS) Food Banks: Last year, the ICS Food Banks served more than 32,000 children and adults and dispensed $2.9 million of emergency food. Hours at the ICS Ina Road Food Bank are 9am – 1pm, Monday –Saturday and 5 pm to 7 pm on Tuesday evenings. The ICS Eastside Food Bank is open 10am – 1pm, Tuesday and Thursdays and 10am – 1pm, the 1st and 3rd Saturday of each month. The ICS Food Bank is a pantry partner of the Community Food Bank of Southern Arizona and is the second largest pantry distributor of emergency food in southern Arizona. About Philanthropy at Walmart: By using our strengths to help others, Walmart and the Walmart Foundation create opportunities for people to live better every day. Walmart has stores in 28 countries, employing more than 2.3 million associates and doing business with thousands of suppliers who, in turn, employ millions of people. Through our philanthropy, Walmart and the Walmart Foundation are helping people live better by accelerating upward job mobility and economic development for the retail workforce; addressing hunger and making healthier, more sustainably-grown food a reality; and building strong communities where we operate and inspiring our associates to give back. Whether it is helping to lead the fight against hunger in the United States with $2 billion in cash and in-kind donations or supporting Women’s Economic Empowerment through a series of grants totaling $10 million to the Women in Factories training program in Bangladesh, China, India and Central America, Walmart and the Walmart Foundation are not only working to tackle key social issues, we are also collaborating with others to inspire solutions for long-lasting systemic change. To learn more about Walmart’s giving, visit foundation.walmart.com.