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The new Wal-Mart Neighborhood Market on Browns Bridge Road in Gainesville has partnered with the Georgia Mountain Food Bank, presenting the bank with a $2,500 grant at the store’s grand opening in January.
The store hosted a backpack food drive Jan. 31 to benefit the food bank and provide children with meals they can share with their families in the evenings and on weekends.
“We couldn’t think of a more fitting organization to sponsor,” said Johnny Harris, store manager. “Being in the food industry, it’s a priority for us to provide resources to help fight hunger, especially in our own neighborhood and community.”
The food bank serves Hall, Lumpkin, Dawson, Forsyth and Union counties.
“Retail donations are a large part of our mission’s success,” said Kay Blackstock, executive director at the food bank. “Not only is the Browns Bridge Wal-Mart Neighborhood Market becoming a retail partner, helping tremendously with our food and product supply, but also, their generous grant will help provide more than 12,500 meals to those in need in our area.”
The food bank receives 90,000 pounds of food items from various retail partners each month, accounting for 51 percent of the overall food donations received.