Wal-Mart delivers salvo in war on hunger

Wal-Mart Stores Inc and America's Second Harvest — The Nation's Food Bank Network (A2H) have begun delivering nearly 7.5 million meals to the needy through a monthlong series of regional events at local food banks nationwide.

Throughout September, more than 400 semitrucks, each filled with protein-rich food, will be delivered to local food banks to help fight hunger in the United States. Wal-Mart and Sam's Club associates nationwide will partner with A2H food banks to aid delivery and distribution of food.

The food delivery is a direct result of the $8.7 million donated and raised on behalf of the A2H network through Wal-Mart stores and Sam's Club locations nationwide in spring 2006. Of the total raised and donated, $7.2 million will be used toward purchasing and distributing protein-rich foods through A2H member food banks.

Wal-Mart and Sam's Club helped augment A2H's Food Solicitation and Distribution Program and provide healthier options — fresh produce, protein, and whole wheat. These food items are among those least donated and most difficult to distribute due to their perishable nature.

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