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Walmart helps the food bank stock its shelves

The Fredericksburg Area Food Bank provides food for more than 70 partner agencies. And the food bank promises to keep its shelves filled with the 10 most requested items–Canned tuna, salmon and chicken; peanut butter; dry beans; vegetables; pasta and sauce; macaroni and cheese; instant potatoes; stuffing and rice.

But donations are down after the holidays. So the food bank will use a grant from the Walmart Foundation to keep those items in stock.

The Wal-Mart Foundation State Giving Program has provided $50,000 to allow the FAFB to purchase food items that are not received through donations.

Fredericksburg Area Food Bank President Oya Oliver said:

“People have been very generous but to keep our commitment to our agencies we need to find a way to purchase food we do not get through food drives and donations. This grant from the Wal-Mart Foundation provides the funding to help us keep food coming in even when donations are down.”

Last year, nearly 21,000 people across the Fredericksburg region received food provided through the food bank’s network of partner agencies and organizations.

Oliver said:

“Hunger has reached into middle class households. Hundreds of families are now seeking food assistance that never needed to before due to unemployment or underemployment. The funding from the Wal-Mart Foundation State Giving Program will allow the [food bank] to purchase food and produce to ensure we always have our top 10 ‘most needed’ items and produce available for our partner agencies. We want to make sure our partner agency pantries can come to the food bank and know we will have food to help them feed the hungry of our community.”

Click here for details on the food bank and its programs. Or call 540/371-7666.