Walmart, Lowcountry Food Bank partner to help end hunger

CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - Food banks around the Nation are working overtime to make sure more than 37 million families in need have enough food to put on the table this holiday season.

Wednesday is the third day of the Nationwide Food Drive to end hunger. Walmart and the Lowcountry Food Bank have teamed up to fight hunger in the Lowcountry.

Walmart will be providing more than $18 million to fight hunger in monetary and in-kind donations.  This is an extension of their $2 billion commitment to end hunger in America over the next five years.

Walmart will be donating more than nine truckloads of food to 10 food-insecure cities throughout the United States, one of those cities being Charleston.

That's equivalent to 400,000 pounds of food and more than 300,000 meals.

Walmart has also launched a Facebook Campaign giving Americans the opportunity to choose which cities should receive $1.5 million in funds to help fight hunger.

The city receiving the most support will receive $1 million in grants and the next five cities with the highest support will receive $100,000 each.  The winning communities will be announced on Jan. 5, 2011.

The food drive goes until Nov. 22 at all Walmart stores in the Lowcountry and more than 3,700 locations nationally. Walmart will donate all collected items to local food banks on their customer's behalf, just in time for the holiday season.

The food bank is asking that residents donate non-perishable food items at any Walmart location. They are in need of high protein tuna, nuts, and 100 percent fruit juice.

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