Walmart gives $100k to God's Pantry Food Bank

New census data shows one in four Kentucky children are living below the poverty line.

Today, Walmart made a $100,000 contribution to God's Pantry Food Bank to support its Food for Underserved Counties program.

Officials say this money will help more than 140 needy families put food on the table for at least a few more days.

"We're very excited to make this presentation on behalf of Walmart and all of our associates," said Walmart spokesman Jeff Akers.

Along with the check, Walmart employee volunteers helped distribute about 10,000 pounds of groceries at Remnant Bread of Life pantry in Manchester.

Officials with God's Pantry say the company has been a longtime supporter of the food bank's mission.

"Every day Walmart stores are setting aside product for us to pick up, and so they donate literally hundreds of thousands of pounds of groceries in our service area each month," said Marian Guinn, CEO of God's Pantry Food Bank.

Guinn says with one in four Kentucky children living in poverty, the need for fresh food has never been greater.

"Currently we're feeding more than one in seven people that live here, and yet we know that at least one in six people are in need of our assistance and we work every day to try to expand and grow our services to meet that need," said Guinn.

Officials say they are hopeful more families will now get the help they need.


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