Walmart donates truck to Puerto Rico Food Bank

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Walmart Puerto Rico Regional Manager Jaime Fernández, kneeling, during the donation that took place recently.

Walmart Puerto Rico Regional Manager Jaime Fernández, far right, during the donation that took place recently.

September is hunger awareness month and with that in mind, Walmart Puerto Rico recently donated a refrigerated truck to the Puerto Rico Food Bank, a nonprofit organization founded in 1988 to meet the food needs of socioeconomically disadvantaged children, the sick and needy.

The organization will use the truck to make its deliveries. In 2009, Walmart Puerto Rico became the institution’s first recurring donor, making weekly contributions through its Amigo, Súper Ahorros and Sam’s Club stores islandwide.

“Since 2009 we have been committed to eradicating hunger and have contributed more than 2.7 million pounds of food to the Food Bank. Today, we deliver this truck to continue contributing to the distribution of food and toiletries to children, the sick, and the needy in Puerto Rico so they can improve their quality of life,” said Walmart Puerto Rico Regional Manager Jaime Fernández, who handed the keys to the truck to Food Bank Executive Director Ivonne Bernard.

The truck is worth $105,321 and is one of a fleet of seven such vehicles that the Walmart Foundation U.S. donated to Feeding America in the United States.

“With this new truck we’ll expand and add more collections and resources to transport food that the industry gives us so that we can meet our goal satisfying the food needs of the organizations we serve,” Bernard said.

The Puerto Rico Food Bank annually serves more than 85,000 people through various nonprofit organizations that provide direct services to children, elderly, sick and homeless, as well as abused people and those living in poverty.

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