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Food Bank of Northeast Arkansas receives Grant from Walmart Foundation to Provide
Fresh Produce
Jonesboro, AR, October 18, 2016 – Today, the Food Bank of Northeast Arkansas
received an $85,000 grant from the Walmart Foundation’s State Giving Program to
assist with their Fresh Produce Distribution Program. Specifically, this grant will
positively impact the local community by providing 320,000 pounds of fresh fruits and
vegetables to individuals at-risk of hunger.
“Living in an agricultural state, many of us take for granted the access we have to fresh
fruits and vegetables,” said Christie Jordan, CEO for the Food Bank of Northeast
Arkansas. “Hearing the excitement and gratitude from recipients of fresh produce is a
reminder that many of our neighbors can’t always afford to choose healthy fruits and
vegetables as part of their regular diet.”
“At the Walmart Foundation, we understand that organizations such as the Food Bank
of Northeast Arkansas are essential to building stronger communities. They share our
values and are committed to helping Northeast Arkansans in need live better,” said
Michael Lindsey, Director Walmart Public Affairs. “Through this donation, we are hopeful
that residents at-risk of hunger in Northeast Arkansas will receive much needed
nutritious produce to help them feed their families.”
Arkansas continually has one of the highest rates of food insecurity in the nation.
According to the Map the Meal Gap report, issued by Feeding America, the Food
Insecurity rate in Arkansas is 19.1%. In comparison, the Food Insecurity rate in the
Food Bank of Northeast Arkansas’ 12 county service area is 23.9%, with an estimated
83,900 food insecure individuals.
The Walmart Foundation’s State Giving Program supports organizations that create
opportunities so people can live better, awarding grants that have a long-lasting,
positive impact on communities across the U.S.
To be considered for support, perspective grantee organizations must submit
applications through the Walmart Foundation State Giving Program’s online grant
application. Applicants must have a current 501(c)(3) tax-exempt status in order to
meet the program’s minimum eligibility criteria. Additional information about the
program’s funding guidelines and application process are available online at
www.walmartfoundation.org/stategiving.
As part of Walmart’s $2 billion commitment to fight hunger through 2015, Walmart stores
in Arkansas donated 19,074,984 pounds of food, in fiscal year 2015, or the equivalent of
15,895,820 meals. In fact, Walmart reached $260 million in cash and $2.6 billion in in-
kind donations nationwide, delivering on its commitment one year early. Additionally, just
in the last fiscal year, Walmart and the Walmart Foundation gave $74 million to
Arkansas nonprofits. For more information on Walmart’s fight against hunger, visit
http://foundation.walmart.com/our-focus/hunger.
About The Food Bank of Northeast Arkansas The Food Bank of Northeast Arkansas provides hunger relief to
people in need by raising awareness, securing resources, and distributing food through a network of non-profit
agencies and programs. The Food Bank of Northeast Arkansas provides emergency food assistance to 5,000
individuals each week in twelve counties. The Food Bank is a member of Feeding America and the Arkansas Hunger
Relief Alliance. For additional information on the Food Bank of Northeast Arkansas, please visit
www.foodbankofnea.org. You can also find the Food Bank of Northeast Arkansas on Facebook, Twitter, and
Instagram.
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. We have stores in 28 countries, employing more than 2.2 million
associates and doing business with thousands of suppliers who, in turn, employ millions of people. We 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 http://www.foundation.walmart.com.