BENTONVILLE, Ark. — A $4 million donation made by the Wal-Mart Foundation here will benefit America’s Second Harvest’s BackPack Program and other initiatives to help feed hungry Americans. As part of the program, food is provided to at-risk children on weekends and out-of-school periods when federal breakfast and lunch programs are not available. Backpacks are filled with nonperishable and easily prepared foods and discreetly distributed to children on the last day before the weekend of holiday vacation. As a result of Wal-Mart’s donation, select food banks will receive grants to be used to purchase food and supplies for the program, according to America’s Second Harvest. Wal-Mart’s $1.5 million contribution to the effort last year resulted in 492,000 backpacks being filled with 3 million pounds of food.
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