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Walmart Grant Boosts Local Food Program

DALLAS -- The Walmart Foundation has awarded $25,000 to the Willamette Valley Food Assistance Program in Dallas.

DALLAS -- The Walmart Foundation has awarded $25,000 to the Willamette Valley Food Assistance Program in Dallas.

The grant, through Walmart Foundation's Oregon State Giving Program, will help the organization collect and distribute more than 600,000 pounds of food this year.

According to WVFAP, the food will serve children, elderly individuals, physically disabled individuals and low-income families in the Willamette Valley.

The donation is part of the Walmart corporation's recently announced $2 billion cash and in-kind commitment through 2015 to help end hunger in America.

WVFAP works to fight hunger by providing food and household goods to more than 43,000 individuals and their pets a year. Unlike many emergency food organizations, which distribute food on a monthly basis, WVFAP serves individuals and families weekly. A self-supporting organization that receives donations and minimal membership fees, WVFAP provides healthy foods such as fresh produce, dairy products and a full array of nonperishable foods, noted Kathy Chiles with WVFAP.

The Dallas Walmart store and its associates have a longstanding relationship with WVFAP. For the last two years, Dallas Walmart store associates teamed up with the organization to do additional fundraising and food drives as part of their "Feed the Hungry" program. Last year, associates raised 1,700 pounds of food and more than $5,000 for WVFAP.

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