Walmart Gives to the Houston Food Bank

A new partnership between the Houston Food Bank and Walmart means thousands of pounds of food a week to the local agency. Rod Rice has the story.
Walmart has been donating food to the Houston Food Bank for some time, but today's announcement is significant.

"This is a very big deal for us."

Brian Greene is President of Houston Food Bank. He says the new partnership will have the food bank picking up food directly from individual Walmart stores.

"We estimate that it will be up to eight hundred pounds of donations per week per store."

Walmart's Ron Acosta says the giant retailer has also donated 74-thousand dollars to buy a truck to make the pick-ups.

He says the food that each store will donate could have ended up being thrown out. Food that hasn't sold is usually marked down for three days before being discarded.

"So instead of leaving it for three days, that normally after it was marked down would be thrown away, we're gonna give that three day period that they can take that product, if it's milk, if it's meat, if it's dry groceries and take it to the folks that need it the most."

Brian Greene says all of the food the food bank acquires is food that can't be sold but is fresh and safe.
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Rod Rice

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Rod Rice became fascinated with radio at an early age, while sitting on his Grandfather’s lap listening to his "programs" on the big Emerson Radio...