The Walmart Foundation presented a check for $100,000 to The Salvation Army  Thursday during the Fall festival at the Ruth Lilly Women and Children’s Center. The big check was for a grant that is part of $2 billion national effort by the Walmart foundation to help end hunger in America.

The $2 billion commitment includes four key components:

  • Donating more than 1.1 billion pounds of food from Walmart stores, distribution centers and Sam’s Club locations, valued at $1.75 billion;
  • Grants totaling $250 million to support hunger relief organizations at the national, state and local levels;
  • Mobilizing Walmart associates and customers. For example, Walmart’s logistics team will lend their expertise to help food banks become more efficient in their operations; and
  • Collaboration with government, food manufacturers and other corporations that are fighting hunger to increase impact and reach a greater number of families in need.

In central Indiana, The Salvation Army will use the money from the grant to stock depleted food pantries and expand Salvation Army feeding programs.  The Salvation Army will also use the funding to expand its Service Learning Program to build partnerships with new schools in central Indiana.  Students, such as those from the Lynhurst 7th and 8th Grade Center, will use activity guides in the classroom to learn about hunger and homelessness.  Students will participate in Service Learning projects in partnership with The Salvation Army such as food drives, stocking food pantries, or volunteering at a food pantry.

“We are once again humbled by the generosity of the Walmart Foundation and their commitment to help us serve our community,” said Major John Turner, Divisional Commander for The Salvation Army.  “The Salvation Army provided more than 500,000 meals to the hungry in Central Indiana last year.  This funding will help serve even more people in 2012.”