Walmart Takes Leading Role in Fight Against Hunger

Walmart has been a great partner to The Salvation Army in addressing the needs of our local communities, especially in the fight against hunger. Earlier this year they donated to our organization $1 million for hunger relief . These funds were a significant help to our food service programs, which have seen a major growth in demand while many of their shelves were running bare.

We applaud Walmart’s increased effort to support hunger relief, as they just announced they donated $799 million to the cause during their most recent fiscal year. Of this total, $732 million in cash and in-kind gifts went to programs within the United States.

According to their press release, Walmart has donated 256 million pounds of food to local food banks in the last year – the equivalent to 197 million meals! They have also given $62 million in grants to U.S. hunger nonprofits.

We hope you will help us express our sincere gratitude to Walmart for being a leader in the fight against hunger by “liking” them on Facebook or sending them a shout out on TwitterThe Salvation Army and organizations like ours are able to more effectively serve those in need thanks to the assistance of caring community partners like Walmart.

To read Walmart’s press release, visit http://walmartstores.com/pressroom/ or click the direct link here.

13 Comments on “Walmart Takes Leading Role in Fight Against Hunger

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  2. I was at the Walmart in Timonium, MD and I went over to purchase a rotisserie chicken and was told that all of the chickens were getting ready to be thrown in the trash because of health regulations, they were 5 minutes past the time that they can be considered healthy to eat and that I could come back when the next batch came out. I got really angry…there had to be about 15 whole chickens going in the trash and the workers told me that they throw the chickens out like that every few hours. My thought was, why don’t they donate them and they said they were too old. I asked the manager if I could purchase them at a discount she said no and that she has to literally walk the workers to the dumpsters so that they she can be sure that they do not take any of the food. I was so upset and I do understand the legality of it all. I said what a shame with so many people starving and one of the workers told me that they were stuck there during a snow storm in the winter and the manager called corporate to see if she could feed the staff and was told that she could not so she spent her own money feeding them and purchasing basic essentials for them to freshen up. She went on to say that that wasn’t the worst of it..she said they had a young homeless man who comes to work faithfully everyday and sleeps in his car behind the Walmart every night and everyone knows he’s there. What are we really doing? Hunger hurts, homelessness hurts and I know you would never hear this story from anyone in your store for fear of retribution but it all left a really bad taste in my mouth! This is where undercover boss needs to pop up..for real..but only a compassionate one who will help not hurt the situation. The manager was excellent and extremely helpful and in spite of her not agreeing with things she did what she knew was right according to the store policies. Bless her for looking out!

  3. Great point Cindy. It sounds like you are talking about the rotisserie chicken that is served hot and ready in the deli department.

    To restrict the amount of throw away, Walmart has started a program where they pull the rotisserie early so its still good, and chill it so it can be purchased cold and warmed at home. Its a great solution to part of the problem. This hopefully will be something you see in your local Walmart in the future (its being ran in specific regions currently).

    In regards to the associate at the store needing assistance… Walmart has a program called Associates In Critical Need. This program offers financial assistance to associates for numerous reasons. I’ve personally seen associates use this program to help pay mortgage payments, purchase groceries, pay utilities and I’ve seen it used for several other “critical needs”. There are also other programs and benefits available to associates, HR can help out with these. I know its not the answer to everything, but these programs can help.

    Another way Walmart helps in the financially difficult times is simply keeping its prices low. This is something the current generation has become accustom to, but lets not take it for granted. Walmart does offer milk, eggs, bread, clothes, etc – at a highly discounted prices. Most of those essential items are sold below cost even. Hence their slogan “save money, live better”. Walmart truly does help people save money, this is their marketing advantage to help bring more business.

  4. David,
    Thank you for your comment. These are great programs that most people are probably unaware of. Thanks for sharing!

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  7. MY NAME IS MARIE JOHNSON AND I HAVE 11 YRS OLD BOY AND WE RAN OUT OF MONEY AND IM ON DISAbilty so are trying areardest to get some food what els can do so my son will have foood to eat if you have any thing to for me andmy son ill be so garteful

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