Funds will feed thousands of people and fight hunger and poverty
MISSISSAUGA, ON, Oct. 5 /CNW/ - Following an early lackluster public
response to the Greater Toronto Area (GTA) Fall Food drive, Wal-Mart Canada
today donated $10,000 to the Daily Bread Food Bank to help eliminate food
shortages leading into the Thanksgiving weekend. The donation will provide
food for thousands of people.
At GTA-area Wal-Mart Supercentres, which stock a full range of groceries
including fresh produce, meat and baked goods, the Daily Bread Food Bank will
purchase much-needed nutritious non-perishables and Thanksgiving products, as
well as staple items such as baby formula and canned goods.
With a goal to collect 900,000 pounds of food during its three-week food
drive ending October 19, the Daily Bread Food Bank is striving to fight hunger
this Thanksgiving weekend while raising awareness about the issues of poverty
and hunger. Wal-Mart Canada's donation is expected to provide 10,000 pounds of
food and products.
"With a $10,000 donation, Wal-Mart will put food on many, many tables
this weekend," said Gail Nyberg, Daily Bread's executive director. "At times
like this, our agency and our neighbours citywide rely on the generosity of
individuals and businesses alike. Today, we're appealing to everyone to
demonstrate that spirit of generosity."
"Giving back to our local communities is fundamental to our Wal-Mart Good
Works community program," said Mario Pilozzi, president and CEO of Wal-Mart
Canada. "By answering the call of organizations like the Daily Bread Food
Bank, we can reach out to thousands of our neighbours in need."
Daily Bread and its member agencies serve more than 900,000 people
annually, through neighbourhood food banks and meal programs in over 160
member agencies. In an effort to eliminate the need for food banks, Daily
Bread educates the public, conducts research and advocates realistic
Wal-Mart Canada serves more than one million Canadians each day at its
270 discount stores, 17 Supercentres and six SAM'S CLUB operations. Through
its Good Works program, Wal-Mart Canada has contributed more than $50 million
to Canadian charities and organizations in need. In 2006, the company raised
and donated more than $15 million, nearly $300,000 weekly. As the leading
corporate sponsor of Breakfast Clubs of Canada, Children's Miracle Network and
the Canadian Red Cross, the company has a nationwide commitment to the health,
safety and education of children and families.
For further information:
For further information: Christi Gallagher, (416) 970-6527