Over 30 bikes will be going to area underprivileged children thanks to a donation from Bay Area Food Bank through the generosity of Walmart. The food bank distributed the bikes to its member agencies including soup kitchens and food pantries as well as the Salvation Army in Pensacola, who will distribute them to kids throughout the year.



 



“Thanks to Walmart’s giving spirit and community-oriented mindset, we’re able to provide kids in the Florida Panhandle a toy they wouldn’t have otherwise,” said Dave Reaney, Executive Director of Bay Area Food Bank. “Walmart has gone above and beyond for us with food donations and this is just another show of benevolence.”



 



A member of Feeding America, Bay Area Food Bank serves seven counties in the Florida Panhandle. Last year, they distributed over six million pounds of food to those in need in their Florida service area.



 



“We’d like to thank Bay Area Food Bank and Walmart for this donation,” said Captain Cornett, Commanding Officer at the Salvation Army. “This is the type of toy our kids dream of.”



 



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