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March 26, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Today, Feed The Children, PepsiCo and Walmart partnered with Central Union Mission to distribute two tractor-trailers full of food and essentials to help 800
Washington, D.C. area children and families in need. Families received food and essentials on I Street between 17
th and 18
th Streets NE in
PepsiCo is a longtime Feed The Children partner and today donated Frito-Lay brand snacks, Quaker brand products and Pepsi brand beverages to families as part of the event. Walmart, with the assistance of its suppliers, provided a loaf of bread and a five pound bag of apples and oranges to each of the 800 families. Feed The Children partner agency Central Union Mission pre-identified families receiving the donations. Each family also received a 25-pound box of food, a 10-pound box of personal care items and AVON products. The boxes are designed to help support a family of four for up to one week.
The distribution is part of Feed The Children's Americans Feeding Americans Caravan, which has helped more than 445,000 families across the country since it began in 2009.
Nearly one in three children living in
Washington, D.C. (30.4 percent) is considered impoverished. In fact, the number of children living in poverty in
Washington, D.C. (30,555) could fill the Verizon Center one and a half times.
"Many of the families we serve on the Americans Feeding Americans Caravan are making hard choices between paying bills and feeding their families," said
Kevin Hagan, Feed The Children president and CEO. "With support from PepsiCo and Walmart we are helping to ease the burden for families struggling in this economy."
Feed The Children will also be providing families with information and resources to give them the opportunity to receive additional nutritional support in their local community through USDA's Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) program.