With a mission to create opportunities so people can live better, Walmart and Walmart Foundation donated more than $1.4 billion to organizations throughout the U.S. in 2017 and partnered with Feeding America to address food insecurity by building the capacity of food banks across the country. Through that collaboration, Sacramento Food Bank & Family Services (SFBFS), a distribution partner of Feeding America, received $200,000 from the 2017 Retail Agency Capacity Building Grant which is designed to address the rescue of perishable food from retailers in order to then distribute it to local communities.
Thanks to the Walmart Foundation, SFBFS purchased equipment that will expand our grocery recovery and further build the capacity of our Partner Agency Network. The grant supported the purchase of a new tractor trailer to transport fresh produce and other groceries; pallet jacks, cold storage units, walk-in freezers, ice chests, rack shelving and much more for Partner Agencies; as well as healthy produce to be distributed to food insecure residents in Sacramento County. The grant has contributed to SFBFS’ efforts to reach the 240,000 food insecure individuals in Sacramento.
SFBFS’ Partner Agency Network is comprised of local food pantries, churches and nonprofits that serve hungry families throughout Sacramento County. As the food bank for the county, SFBFS provides food and resources to the 220 Partner Agencies as we collectively strive to close the food gap. Through the Walmart Foundation grant, SFBFS and our Partner Agencies now have vital equipment that will allow for proper storage and transportation so we can quickly move, store and distribute fresh and nutritious groceries to those in need.
SFBFS relies on the generous donations from the community and partners like the Walmart Foundation in order to provide services to 135,000 people a month. From organizing food drives or fundraisers to volunteering, you too can help support SFBFS!
By: Tania Torres