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Albany Salvation Army Receives WalMart Funding for Feeding the Needy

Released 12 April 2013

The Salvation Army: Always there when and where you need us.
(Albany, NY, April 12, 2013)—The Salvation Army of Albany has received a grant of $5,681 from the Walmart Foundation as part of a national Walmart donation of one million dollars to Salvation Army centers across the country.


“Albany is one of four Salvation Army Centers in the Empire State Division, covering upstate New York that received funding through this donation.  The other Salvation Army centers in Utica, Oswego, and Olean received the same amount.  Walmart has been an exceedingly generous supporter of The Salvation Army. For the last nine years, the Walmart Foundation has given a one million dollar grant to the Army which is in addition to allowing the Army to raise dollars on site during the holiday season through the Red Kettle campaign,” said Major Donald Hosteller, divisional commander of the Empire State Division of The Salvation Army.


“With Albany’s mobile feeding unit, we are touching the neediest adults and children in our city with a hot meal three days a week.  In the capital region, more than one in five children is at risk of hunger. The generous gift from Walmart will help the Salvation Army as it fights that grim statistic daily,” said Major Israel Acosta, officer for the Albany Salvation Army.


In addition to the canteen, the Albany Worship and Community Center provides a food pantry at its S. Ferry Street location and in Cohoes; Christmas and Thanksgiving assistance and Hispanic worship services.


For more information on The Salvation Army’s programs and services in the city of Albany, or to donate, please call (518) 463-6678 or access their website at www.capitalregion.salvationa

About the Empire Division
The Empire State Division of The Salvation Army covers 48 counties in upstate New York and one city in Pennsylvania (Sayre, Pa.).  Our annual Red Kettle Campaign in November and December helps our 42 community and worship centers, service areas in Buffalo, Rochester and Syracuse and 167 volunteer driven service units raise funds that remain in each community to help those in need.



About The Salvation Army
The Salvation Army, an evangelical part of the universal Christian church established in London in 1865, has been supporting those in need in His name without discrimination for more than 130 years in the United States. Nearly 30 million Americans receive assistance from The Salvation Army each year through the broadest array of social services that range from providing food for the hungry, relief for disaster victims, assistance for the disabled, outreach to the elderly and ill, clothing and shelter to the homeless and opportunities for underprivileged children. 82 cents of every dollar The Salvation Army spends is used to support those services in 5,000 communities nationwide. For more information, go to


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