In addition to this support, part of the initial $5 million commitment from Walmart, Sam’s Club and the Walmart Foundation has gone toward supporting local nonprofits that are providing hot meals, emergency relief and help with clean-up efforts. Some of these organizations include:
- The Salvation Army – Providing food supplies and meals to those impacted by the hurricane as part of one of its largest disaster relief operations in several years.
- Operation BBQ Relief – Serving hot meals to first responders, volunteers and those impacted by the hurricane. The Walmart Foundation’s support is helping provide approximately 62,000 meals.
- Greater Baton Rouge Food Bank – Hosting large-scale drive-through food distributions to reach those without access to electricity and providing emergency food boxes of shelf-stable items and fresh produce.
- United Houma Nation – Supporting the United Houma Nation community impacted by Hurricane Ida with focus on food and resources for Terrebonne, Lafourche and Jefferson Parishes.
- Second Harvest Food Bank of Greater New Orleans and Acadiana – Responding to immediate needs of both urban and rural areas impacted by the hurricane by providing food, water and supplies.
- Foundation for Louisiana – A Black-led, social justice philanthropic intermediary implementing its disaster recovery framework first established following Hurricane Katrina by providing access to funding for grassroots organizations helping marginalized communities.
- St. Bernard Project – Connecting communities to supplies and resources for recovery and regranting funding through its SHARE Fund and Disaster Corps to support community partners in immediate relief efforts, including debris removal and clean-up.
We’re grateful for the leadership and tireless efforts of these organizations as they ensure that communities have what they need to respond and recover. We’re continuing to look at how we can work together with community organizations to bolster our response.
In addition, thanks to the generous support of our customers, together, we donated nearly $10 million to the American Red Cross through a match campaign at our stores and clubs to help communities impacted by natural disasters in 2021. The funds raised from this campaign will go toward relief efforts due to the extensive flooding in the Northeast, as well as those impacted by other hurricanes, floods and fires this year.
This relief effort is long from over. But we’re here, along with our associates, customers and members, to make sure our communities have what they need to recover.
Sept. 8, 2021
Walmart, Sam’s Club and our associates continue supporting the people impacted by Hurricane Ida, as our network of stores and clubs serve as hubs for members of the community to get the things they need.
We worked to set up stations at stores and clubs so associates and community members could access essential services like food and water, charging stations and even a way to clean their clothes.
Victoria Steele is a sales associate at Store 542 in Houma, Louisiana, who said Walmart serves as a community hub not just for essential needs, but a bit of hope, too.
"It's a responsibility to be working together. It's a responsibility that we all come together, as a people in the community, for our customers to be able to get what they need and what they need for their family members," Steele said.