BENTONVILLE, AR — Walmart's charity arm is donating $2 million to more than a dozen food banks in the U.S. to fund energy-efficiency programs.
The Walmart Foundation is dividing the money among 16 organizations which will use the grants to upgrade lighting, refrigeration, heating and air conditioning.
The improvements are expected to cut energy use by 5.2 million kilowatt hours a year and save more than $625,000 annually, enough to buy more than 300,000 meals.
Grant recipients are America’s Second Harvest of the Big Bend in Florida, Bay Area Food Bank in Alabama, Feeding America — Kentucky’s Heartland, Feeding South Florida, Food Bank of Central & Eastern North Carolina, Food Bank For New York City, Food Bank of Western New York, Gleaners Community Food Bank in southeast Michigan, Gleaners Food Bank of Indiana, Greater Baton Rouge Food Bank, Huntington Area Food Bank in West Virginia, Los Angeles Regional Food Bank, Oregon Food Bank, Roadrunner Food Bank in New Mexico, Second Harvest Food Bank of Greater New Orleans and Acadiana, and Second Harvest Food Bank of Metrolina in North Carolina.
The $2-million donation is part of larger commitment to food banks that the Walmart Foundation made in May. Walmart is planning to give $250 million in grants to food banks along with 1.1 billion pounds of food.
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