Walmart Distribution Center Opelika, AL Appreciation Event
The Food Bank of East Alabama today thanked the Walmart Distribution Center in Opelika for donating over 20 million pounds of food in just over 20 years.
“On June 9, 2000, we sent out our truck to the Walmart Distribution Center to pick up the very first load of product that was offered to us.” commented Food Bank Director Martha Henk. “We could not have envisioned in our wildest imaginations how far that support from Walmart was going to go.”
Walmart Distribution Center employees gathered for the short event to hear from the Food Bank Board of Directors, Food Bank Executive Director Martha Henk, Auburn Mayor Ron Anders and Opelika Mayor Gary Fuller. A recorded video message included messages to the Walmart DC management and staff from Auburn Chamber President Anna Hovey, Coach Bruce Pearl, Reverend Clifford Jones, Sheriff Jay Jones and more, ending with a special video message recorded by Governor Kay Ivey. Each speaker brought a message of thanks to the Walmart Distribution Center and their employees for their role in donating enough food to provide approximately 16 million meals to food insecure Alabamians over the last 20 years.
“It’s hard to fully express just how big an impact the Walmart Distribution has on feeding the food insecure people in our community. We are just more grateful than we can say,” said Food Bank Executive Director Martha Henk.