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Sam's Club Revives Donations as Food Banks Struggle

BENTONVILLE, AR - Sam's Club, the membership warehouse subsidiary of Arkansas-based Wal-Mart Stores, is reviving food donations to local food pantries two years after halting the practice in favor of giving cash.

Sam's Club said a pilot program in St. Louis will be rolled out to about 560 of its 593 U.S. stores by late summer in coordination with America's Second Harvest, the largest national food bank organization.

Wal-Mart's charitable giving arm, the Wal-Mart Foundation, also announced a $1.5 million donation to America's Second Harvest that the foundation said would provide about 16 million meals "as food prices continue to rise and hunger relief organizations nationwide struggle to meet higher demands."

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