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Walmart national hunger campaign raises more than $126,000 for the Harry Chapin Food Bank

July 26, 2019
Cape Coral Daily Breeze

Walmart's 2019 "Fight Hunger. Spark Change" national campaign brought in more than $26.8 million for Feeding America food banks, including $126,973 for the Harry Chapin Food Bank.

Feeding America's 200-member food bank network benefited from the nearly month-long campaign (April 22-May 20) at Walmart and Sam's Club locations nationwide. The totals include register donations from Walmart and Sam's Club customers, donations from food suppliers based on the sale of participating items, and online donations. Each food bank received the funds raised in their geographical area.

The annual campaign raises awareness of hunger issues and had already secured 749 million meals for Feeding America Food Banks over the last five years. This year's campaign surpassed the 1 billion meal goal.

"We are thrilled to be receiving these funds to help us in our mission to lead our community in the fight to end hunger," said Richard LeBer, president and CEO of the Harry Chapin Food Bank. "We thank Walmart, Sam's Club, their suppliers and customers for their continuing support, and this amazing result."

About the Harry Chapin Food Bank

The Harry Chapin Food Bank, an affiliate of Feeding America, is the leading hunger-relief organization in Southwest Florida. The food bank solicits, collects and stores food for distribution to families and others in need through a network of more than 150 nonprofit agencies in Collier, Charlotte, Glades, Hendry and Lee counties, providing food to about 28,000 people a week.

For every dollar donated, the food bank can provide $8 in food value. In fiscal year 2017-18, The Harry Chapin Food Bank distributed 24 million pounds of food and other grocery items, including 6.4 million pounds of fresh produce. The food, valued at $41.5 million, is the equivalent of 20 million meals for people in need.

The Harry Chapin Food Bank is also a United Way partner agency. For information or to make a donation, call 239-334-7007 or visit

About Walmart

Walmart Inc. (NYSE: WMT) helps people around the world save money and live better -- anytime and anywhere -- in retail stores, online, and through their mobile devices. Each week, more than 275 million customers and members visit the company's more than 11,300 stores under 58 banners in 27 countries and eCommerce websites. With fiscal year 2019 revenue of $514.4 billion, Walmart employs more than 2.2 million associates worldwide. Walmart continues to be a leader in sustainability, corporate philanthropy and employment opportunity. Additional information about Walmart can be found by visiting, on Facebook at and on Twitter at



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