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MEDIA ADVISORY - Walmart Commits $2 Billion to Help End Hunger in the U.S.

 

 

 

Retailer’s Cash and In-Kind Donations Provide More than 1 Billion Meals In Response to Growing Need

 

 

Media Q&A – Live Conference Call

What: According to a November 2009 United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) report, hunger rates in the U.S. are the highest since 1995 with nearly 15 percent of households lacking access to an adequate supply of nutritious food.

President Obama has referred to hunger as a problem “we can solve together.” In response, Walmart and the Walmart Foundation announced an unprecedented, $2 billion cash and in-kind commitment today, stepping up efforts to help end hunger in America. Walmart will share details of the announcement during a live conference call for media.

The new initiative, “Fighting Hunger Together,” includes four key components:

  • Donating more than 1.1 billion pounds of food from Walmart stores, distribution centers and Sam’s Club locations, valued at $1.75 billion;
  • Grants totaling $250 million to support hunger relief organizations at the national, state and local levels;
  • Mobilizing Walmart associates and customers. For example, Walmart’s logistics team will lend their expertise to help food banks become more efficient in their operations; and
  • Collaboration with government, food manufacturers and other corporations that are fighting hunger to increase impact and reach a greater number of families in need.

Where: 1-800-430-0496 – United States
Conference ID: 6223547

When: Wednesday, May 12, 12:30–1 p.m. EDT

Who: Margaret McKenna, president, Walmart Foundation
Leadership from national hunger relief organizations

For more information, please contact: Walmart’s Media Relations Hotline 800-331-0085

About Philanthropy at Walmart
Walmart and the Walmart Foundation are proud to support the charitable causes that are important to customers and associates in their own neighborhoods. The Walmart Foundation funds initiatives focused on education, workforce development, economic opportunity, environmental sustainability, and health and wellness. From Feb. 1, 2009 through Jan. 31, 2010, Walmart and the Walmart Foundation gave more than $512 million in cash and in-kind gifts globally, $467 million of which was donated in the U.S. To learn more, visit www.walmartfoundation.org.