The three main areas of focus found within the Walmart 2017 Global Responsibility Report (GRR) are; Opportunity (creating economic opportunity); Sustainability (enhancing supply chains and eliminating waste…especially food); and Community (strengthening local communities). This week their goals of Sustainability and Community were combined, and Montgomery Area Food Bank (MAFB), was able to play a part in ensuring a calamity was not without an inkling of a silver lining.
As Hurricane Irma was bearing down on the State of Florida, routine Walmart food shipments were forced to be diverted to Distribution Centers in Brundage and Opelika, AL. The trucks were certainly not going to drive directly into harm’s way, and they were already assigned to unload their payloads and continue supporting Walmart’s efforts throughout the rest of the nation.
As a result; both Distribution Centers began to wrestle with the question of what they should do with tons of extra food. Of particular concern, was the fresh produce. That’s when MAFB’s David Fata, who not only serves as Deputy Director, but is also in charge of food procurement, received a call.
MAFB, Walmart Team up to Eliminate Food Waste
MONTGOMERY, Ala. (October 5, 2017) -- The Walmart Foundation presented the Montgomery Area Food Bank with a grant totaling more than $148,000 in support of its Mobile Pantry program during a volunteer effort earlier today. Walmart associates throughout the River Region joined the Montgomery Area Food Bank on Thursday to prepare a distribution for an upcoming Mobile Pantry/Exercise, Nutrition and Diet program delivery. Walmart’s Impact on the River Region?
“We are extremely excited and very grateful Walmart has provided us with such an amazingly generous grant,” said Richard A. Deem, Chief Executive Officer of the Montgomery Area Food Bank. “This grant is yet another example of Walmart’s resolve and continuing commitment to fighting hunger.”
This grant will provide funding for 85 Mobile Pantry deliveries across the Montgomery Area Food Bank’s 35 county coverage area that are capable of providing nutrition education materials and between 700,000 to one million meals (primarily nutritious, fresh food) to more than 10,000 food-insecure families, including an estimated 9,000 children.