PHOENIX, Arizona (July 29, 2014) – Walmart and the Walmart Foundation today announced that over the last fiscal year they gave $24.7 million in cash and in-kind contributions to charitable organizations throughout Arizona. 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 is committed to the communities we serve throughout Arizona,” said Paula Ginnett, Walmart Vice President and Regional General Manager. “We value the partnerships we’ve fostered with local non-profit organizations across this state, and are proud to work with dedicated men and women making a difference every day in the lives of Arizonans.”
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 Arizona, Walmart donated 12.6 million pounds of food to local food banks – the equivalent of nearly 10.5 million meals in the last fiscal year. As just one example, the retailer and its Foundation have partnered with the St. Mary’s Food Bank Alliance in Arizona to produce emergency food boxes, making available nutritious meals to individuals and families in need across the state.
“Walmart and the Walmart Foundation have been key allies in our fight against hunger,” said President and CEO Beverly Damore of the St. Mary’s Food Bank Alliance, based in Phoenix. “More than one in four Arizona children face hunger. But thanks to the generous support of Walmart and our other donors, the St. Mary’s Food Bank Alliance is making a difference by bringing nutritious food and fresh produce to families in need across Arizona.”
- Total Walmart and Walmart Foundation contributions (cash and in-kind) - $24.7 million
- Total customer and associate giving - $2.7 million
- Total food donation – 12.6 million pounds
- Meal equivalent – 10.5 million meals
nonprofits receiving grants from Walmart and the Walmart Foundation are: The
Society of St. Vincent de Paul; Fresh Start Women’s Foundation; Chino Valley
Food Bank; Jobs for Arizona’s Graduates, Inc.; Dress for Success Phoenix;
Maryvale Revitalization Corporation; YWCA Maricopa County; Boys & Girls
Club of Bisbee; Boys & Girls Clubs of Scottsdale; River Fund, Inc.; Against
Abuse, Inc.; Waste Not, Inc.; Homeward Bound; St. Mary’s Food Bank Alliance;
ICAN; Sedona Recycles, Inc.; United Food Bank; Goodwill Industries of Central
Arizona, Inc.; Interfaith Cooperative Ministries and the Pima Council on Aging,
For more information about the Walmart Foundation, visit http://foundation.walmart.com.
About Philanthropy at Walmart
Walmart and the Walmart Foundation are committed to helping people live better through philanthropic efforts. By operating globally and giving back locally, Walmart is uniquely positioned to address the needs of the communities it serves and make a significant social impact within its core areas of giving: Hunger Relief & Healthy Eating, Sustainability, Career Opportunity and Women’s Economic Empowerment. Walmart and the Walmart Foundation are leading the fight against hunger in the United States with a $2 billion commitment through 2015. Walmart and the Walmart Foundation have donated more than 1.3 billion meals to people in need across the country. To learn more about Walmart’s giving, visit foundation.walmart.com.