Food Bank of Central New York Receives $25,000 for Mobile Food Pantry

Thursday, March 15, 2018

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Food Bank of Central New York was awarded a $25,000 grant from the Walmart Foundation to provide financial support to the Mobile Food Pantry (MFP) program. MFP is a practical distribution method to work around food access obstacles and food deserts. The program is able to set up for distribution in parking lots at schools, parks, churches, and easily accessible locations of high level need. Highly nutritious and desirable foods such as fresh produce and dairy products are available to individuals and families in need.

“The opportunity to expand our Mobile Food Pantry (MFP) program into additional areas of unmet need is vital and the funding through the Walmart Foundation allows us to increase distributions of nutritious food to those families who may not have access to a food pantry or grocery stores close to their home. The Food Bank of Central New York is very appreciative of the support to enhance our MFP program,” said Kathleen Stress, Executive Director, Food Bank of Central New York.

The official check presentation ceremony was held at Walmart in Camillus, New York. Store Manager, Alan Goldsmith and Market Manager, Matthew Brasfield Jr. presented the check. Food Bank Executive Director, Kathleen Stress and Chief Operating Officer, Karen Belcher, accepted the generous grant.

"Forty-two million Americans, one in eight of us, struggle with hunger according to the USDA. As the nation’s largest grocer, we’re strongly committed to being a part of the solution in the fight against hunger in Central New York and across the nation,” said Jason Klipa, Director of Public Affairs for Walmart in New York. “We’re grateful for the opportunity to be working with the Food Bank of Central New York and its MFP program to provide meals to those that don’t have enough to eat.“

The Walmart Foundation supports organizations by awarding grants that have a long-lasting, positive impact on communities across the U.S.

To be considered for support, applicants must have a current 501(c)(3) tax-exempt status. Additional information about the program’s funding guidelines and application process are available online at

In 2017, Walmart stores, Sam’s Clubs and the Walmart Foundation awarded $25.26 million in cash and in-kind donations to New York State charities, including 12 million pounds of food donated to local food banks, which is the equivalent of 10 million meals. For more information on Walmart’s fight against hunger, visit      

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