For one month, 21 Walmart stores in the Florida Panhandle participated in the first annual Defeat Hunger Bowl food drive, with food donations benefitting Bay Area Food Bank. Thanks to our community, Bay Area Food Bank received 28,296 pounds of food to help needy people in the area.



 



“We couldn’t be happier with the level of participation and generosity folks in the community showed,” said Dave Reaney, Executive Director of Bay Area Food Bank. “With this food, we’ll be able to provide our Florida service area with 21,766 meals.”



 



Bay Area Food Bank services seven counties in the Florida Panhandle including Escambia, Santa Rosa, Okaloosa, Walton, Holmes, Washington, and Bay. Last year, they distributed over 16 million pounds of food—over 4 million meals— to the 141,000 people who are food insecure in their service e area.



 



“January is a tough month for food donations since people tend to focus on giving in November and December,” said Megan Larson, External Relations Manager at Bay Area Food Bank, Panhandle Branch. “This food will go a long way in helping people who are food insecure all year long. Thank you to everyone who donated.”



 



Additional corporate partners involved in presenting the Defeat Hunger Bowl include Kraft, Mondelēz, Coca-Cola and Campbell’s.



 



About Bay Area Food Bank



Bay Area Food Bank serves a 24-county area spanning the panhandle of Florida, south Mississippi, and south Alabama. In 2013, the food bank distributed over 17 million pounds of food to more than 400 church pantries, soup kitchens and other nonprofit organizations throughout its service area. The food bank also operates multiple nutrition programs, including Summer Food Service, Afterschool Snack, Backpack, Disaster Relief and Mobile Pantry.  For more information, visit www.bayareafoodbank.org.