April 09, 2012 @ 8:55 am
Walmart and the Walmart Foundation has announced $958.9 million in cash and in-kind contributions around the globe during the fiscal year. The company’s U.S. giving grew nearly 20 percent, largely due to increased donations of produce, meats, poultry and other nutritious food to local food banks from Walmart stores, Sam’s Club locations and distribution centers.
In Washington, Walmart gave more than $15 million supporting nonprofits like FareStart in Seattle, Second Harvest Food Bank in Spokane and Emergency Food Network of Tacoma-Pierce County.
“The Walmart Foundation is very pleased to be supporting these organizations and are committed to helping those in need in the communities where we serve,” said Matti Havener, Walmart Senior Director, Regional General Manager for Washington and Oregon.
In 2010, Walmart announced a $2 billion commitment of cash and in-kind gifts to hunger relief organizations in the U.S. through 2015. In Washington, Walmart donated 7,400,266 pounds of food to local food banks—nearly six million meals in the last fiscal year. The retailer and its foundation also gave $60 million in grants to U.S.-based hunger nonprofits and has partnered with Seattle Human Services Department to grant $225,000 to sustain the Summer Food Service Program, which provides thousands of Seattle children ages 1 through 18 free breakfasts, lunches and snacks.
In addition, Walmart and Sam’s Club customers and associates around the world raised $140 million through in-store giving programs that benefit local charities. As one example, during the 2011 Christmas season associates and customers in the U.S. raised $46.5 million during the Red Kettle campaign to benefit local chapters of the Salvation Army.
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