CRESTVIEW — Bay Area Food Bank and Wal-Mart are raising the Panhandle's awareness for year-round hunger.


CRESTVIEW — Bay Area Food Bank and Wal-Mart are raising the Panhandle's awareness for year-round hunger.



The Crestview Wal-Mart, among 21 Florida Panhandle stores, will hold a food drive through Feb. 2. All donations for the first Defeat Hunger Bowl will benefit Bay Area Food Bank and the pantries and soup kitchens it supports.



See a complete list of all stores participating in the first Defeat Hunger Bowl>>



"Currently, approximately one in six adults and one in four children are food insecure in our area ... January is a tough time because people tend to focus on the issue more around the holidays, but hunger is a year-round problem," Dave Reaney, Bay Area Food Bank executive director, said.



Donors can purchase individual non-perishable food items or a $5 package of items available at participating stores.  



Kraft, Mondelēz, Coca-Cola and Campbell’s are other corporate partners for the effort.