As hunger relief organizations continue to look for new ways to serve an increasing number of U.S. families who need help putting food on their dinner tables, the Walmart Foundation today announced a $2 million donation to help food banks save money on their energy bills. With this funding, 16 food banks will become more energy efficient through simple and relatively low-cost upgrades to lighting, refrigeration or heating and air conditioning equipment that performs better, uses less energy and costs less to operate.
"These grants underscore Walmart's commitment to lead on both hunger relief and sustainability," said Margaret McKenna, president of the Walmart Foundation. "Every dollar these food banks save on energy costs is another dollar they can use to help meet the hunger needs of their local communities."
Annually, the grants are expected to help food banks:
"Food Bank For New York City is grateful to the Walmart Foundation for its generous grant to help us make energy-efficient improvements to our warehouse," said Lucy Cabrera, Ph.D, CAE, president and CEO of Food Bank For New York City. "In addition to helping reduce operating costs, these improvements will make the Food Bank a more environmentally friendly organization --something that is very important to us."
This initiative is a part of Walmart's commitment to fighting hunger. In May, Walmart and the Walmart Foundation announced a $2 billion cash and in-kind commitment through the end of 2015, including:
* According to the EPA calculator - http://www.epa.gov/cleanenergy/energy-resources/calculator.html
# According to the USDA, 1.28 pounds of food is equivalent to one meal.
+ According to Feeding America, the approximate average wholesale value of one pound of donated product at the national level is $1.60.
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