Hundreds of families in need received free food Friday, thanks to Walmart and Second Harvest Food Bank.
Families lined up early and in the rain for the mobile pantry, an indication of just how strong the need is for food distribution in Middle Tennessee.
“I think it’s a sign that people are still struggling to make ends meet,” Jaynee Day with Second Harvest Food Bank of Middle Tennessee explained to News 2.
The mobile pantry provided about a week’s worth of food for around 250 families.
“One in six Tennesseans and one in four children are at risk in going hungry every day and that’s deplorable, and we shouldn’t let that happen in this country. But because of efforts like Walmart is doing today and other corporate partners that we work with, we can make a dent and we can make a difference and help a family during a critical time,” Day expressed.
Walmart has provided Second Harvest with more than $12 million worth of food in the past year and a half and more than a million dollars in grants since 2008.
The mobile pantry was a celebration for volunteers that have helped achieve the milestone to fight hunger.
Since announcing the historic “fighting hunger together” commitment in 2010 to donate 1.1 billion pounds of food and $250 million in cash by 2015, Walmart and Sam’s Club facilities have surpassed both goals one year earlier than projected.
Overall, Walmart has exceeded $2 billion of cash and in kind commitments to fight hunger.