So do we! And that’s why we love that Walmart is donating food to our Campus Kitchen. The relationship with Walmart was established through Feeding America, a national Food Bank, and since we started a couple weeks ago we’ve received 3,040 lbs of dairy, baked goods and dry grocery products. It’s incredible to think that prior to this partnership, all of that would have been thrown away. Sophomore Austin Branstetter accompanied me on the first pick-up, and this was his response:
A mere two days before the class of 2013 began to arrive at W&L, I went with Jenny to make CKP’s first food pickup from Walmart. After some initial confusion about which of the many back doors we were supposed to go to, we made our way to the egg bunker where we met the women who would be facilitating the food pick-ups. As they took us to the back of the store, I was stunned by the sheer volume of food. The women gave us a brief tour and then we started loading up the cars. My first impression of these two women was how excited they were that this food was not going to be wasted. Despite the fact that they had to do some extra work to give us the food, they were more than happy to do so and just as excited as we were to be rescuing this food that otherwise would have been wasted. Walmart has high standards on what can be sold, so there is an abundance of perfectly good food that they cannot sell because of damaged packaging. The number of eggs that they were throwing out was unbelievable. After saving the eggs for only two days, they were able to send us away with over 500 eggs. From now on, CKWL will be picking up from Walmart three times a week, which will supply more than enough food to fill the fridges and many hungry mouths.
If you are available at 10:15 on Tuesdays, Thursdays, or Saturdays and would like to help sort through the donated product from Walmart to help CKWL make good use of the food email firstname.lastname@example.org.