Bismarck, N.D. - June 25, 2014 – Walmart and the Walmart Foundation announced that over the last fiscal year they gave more than $3.1 million in cash and in-kind contributions to charitable organizations throughout North Dakota. Globally, the company and its Foundation donated more than $1.3 billion to non-profit groups, surpassing the previous year’s total by more than $244 million.
“Walmart fosters meaningful relationships with nonprofits across the globe so that we can better the communities where we do business, ultimately resulting in helping our customers live better,” said Sharon Power, Walmart regional general manager for North Dakota. “Through these partnerships, we are tackling issues such as hunger, economic opportunity and sustainability to make a lasting impact on those living across the state of North Dakota.”
Additionally, since announcing the historic Fighting Hunger Together commitment in 2010 to donate 1.1 billion pounds of food and $250 million in cash by 2015, Walmart and Sam’s Club facilities have surpassed both goals one year earlier than projected. As of January 2014, Walmart and the Walmart Foundation have donated 1.58 billion pounds of food, the equivalent of approximately 1.32 billion meals, and have awarded $260 million in grants to hunger relief programs in the United States, exceeding their original commitment by four percent. Overall, Walmart has exceeded $2 billion of cash and in-kind commitments to fight hunger at the local, state and national levels.
In North Dakota Walmart donated more than 1.5 million pounds of food to local food banks—nearly 1.3 million meals in the last fiscal year. The retailer and its Foundation have partnered with Welcome House, Inc. in the state of North Dakota to assist the organization with purchasing the space for a new shelter. Additionally, Walmart helped fund the purchasing of household necessities to stock the shelter as well as meals to feed local families.
“Welcome House, Inc. was honored to be a recipient of the Walmart State Giving grant. The funds we received assisted us in acquiring the necessary equipment and space to provide meals to our families,” said Brenda Kriedeman, case manager. “Welcome House, Inc. recently opened its new family shelter that provides much needed services for families experiencing homelessness. Our new facility provides emergency shelter for up to 10 families with children.”
Dakota Giving Highlights
- Total Walmart and Walmart Foundation contributions (cash and in-kind) - $3.1 million
- Total customer and associate giving - $359,252
- Total food donation – 1.5 million pounds
- Meal equivalent – nearly 1.3 million meals
North Dakota nonprofits receiving grants from Walmart and the Walmart Foundation
- AID, Inc.
- Ruth Meiers Hospitality House, Inc.
- Third Street Clinic
- YWCA Cass Clay
- Ronald McDonald House Charities of Bismarck
- Welcome House, Inc.
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