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story.lead_photo.caption FILE -- The entrance to the Bentonville Walmart is seen on Tuesday May 19, 2020 along South Walton Boulevard. (NWA Democrat-Gazette/Flip Putthoff)

Walmart Inc.'s charitable foundation will give $12 million over two years to Feeding America, the nation's largest hunger relief organization.

According to Feeding America, the number of people faced with the threat of hunger has increased as a result of covid-19. The organization says one in six people are now at risk, compared with one in nine before the pandemic.

The Walmart Foundation grant will help support Feeding America's initiatives such as an app that lets people order food from a food bank or other organization and pick it up at a convenient location or have it delivered to their homes.

The funds will also help several member food banks increase their capacity to source and store food. In addition, the money will help support digital ads and application assistance to people needing benefits and resources.

Besides awarding the grant, Walmart is asking its U.S. stores, Sam's Clubs and distribution centers to commit funds and continue donating products to hunger-relief organizations.

Since Feb. 1, Walmart and its foundation have contributed nearly $55 million for hunger relief, the company said.

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