Augusta Food Bank Campaign Tops Previous Year’s Meal Total

July 5, 2018|

Golden Harvest Food Bank has announced the results of its fifth annual anti-hunger campaign, “Fight Hunger. Spark Change.” which this year raised 403,174 meals to feed hungry families in Georgia and South Carolina, beating last year’s total.

The campaign ran in April and was carried out in partnership with Feeding America and Walmart, where customers gave register donations for qualifying food items.

“The strength of this campaign is in its ability to connect shoppers, corporations and local Walmart stores to fight hunger in our communities,” said Travis McNeal, executive director of Golden Harvest Food Bank. “To work together to raise this many meals highlights the progress we’re making to raise awareness of the 1 in 5 people who are hungry in our area.”

“And even more importantly, it puts food on the plates of so many who need it,” McNeal said.

The campaign kicked off on April 2 and ended on April 30. For the 2018 campaign, Walmart and Feeding America doubled their meal goal to at least 200 million meals. With the help of new partner Nextdoor, customers, suppliers, and Synchrony Bank, the final meal count was more than 230 million meals nationally.

“Because of the generous support of our suppliers, customers and associates, food banks will be able to do even more this year to help families who are struggling,” said Kathleen McLaughlin, president of the Walmart Foundation and chief sustainability officer for Walmart. “We are passionate about fighting hunger, and through this campaign, we have taken another significant step to breaking down the barriers that prevent families from enjoying ready access to healthier, nutritious food.”

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