Last year, Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. pledged $2 billion in food and aid over the next five years. The company's donations will benefit Feeding America food banks by giving food that is usually prematurely thrown out.
NPR decided to document the journey of those donations, showing how the program gets food from Walmart's shelves to the mouths of the hungry.
It is estimated that Americans waste 150 billion pounds of food every year, often due to cosmetic imperfections or by misunderstanding expiration dates. Walmart store manager Emily Bowman showed NPR a yellow squash to illustrate the situation:
"It's still very flexible. It still has a good texture to it, but it's not quite as eye-appealing to someone that is looking to get it at its peak," she says, adding that customers have certain expectations about how food should look.
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