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Walmart to hold canned food drive at Merced store Tuesday

Walmart said it would hold a community canned food drive at its Merced store and will announce a donation of $2,500 worth of canned goods to the United Way of Merced County and the Merced County Food Bank.

The canned food drive kickoff will take place at 10 a.m. today in the parking lot of the Merced Walmart store at 3055 Loughborough Drive. Flip Hassett, executive director of the United Way of Merced County, and Israel Rodriguez, operations manager of the Merced County Food Bank, will attend. "Walmart has been a longstanding community partner that understands the importance of giving back to the communities they serve," said Rodriquez.

During the canned and dry food drive, a Walmart diesel-electric hybrid truck will be on display for customers to learn more about Walmart’s progress in building a more sustainable trucking fleet. Customers can look at the truck’s engine and ask questions to the Walmart truck driver.

The truck, based at Walmart's distribution center in Apple Valley and nicknamed "Shrek" by its truck drivers because of its bright-green cab, is one of five heavy duty hybrid trucks with diesel-electric hybrid power systems the company said it is testing in its efforts to increase its fleet efficiency and develop a more sustainable trucking fleet.

For more information about Walmart's testing of hybrid trucks and alternative fuels, visit www.walmartstores.com.

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