Calif., Oct. 29, 2019 — The Walmart Foundation has committed $250,000 in cash grants to support nonprofits providing relief efforts to residents and first responders impacted by the numerous wildfires in California.
The commitment will support organizations engaged in responding to impacted communities, including the American Red Cross, Salvation Army and World Central Kitchen to help meet the needs of those affected by the fires and assist with shelter and feeding efforts.
“The fires in California are devasting and we’re working to quickly support our associates and customers who are being impacted,” said Julie Gehrki, vice president of philanthropy at Walmart. “Walmart and the Walmart Foundation are committed to providing critical resources, whether financially or through product donations to support the nonprofit organizations and first responders providing relief at the front lines.”
Walmart has a long history of providing aid in times of disasters, helping communities prepare and recover by donating emergency supplies, such as food and water, home and personal products. In the past two years, for example, Walmart and the Walmart Foundation gave nearly $50 million in cash, water, food and other products to support victims of hurricanes, wildfires and tornadoes.
Walmart operates more than 300 retail facilities in California, supported by over 90,000 associates. Walmart supports local businesses, spending $28.2 billion with California suppliers in FY19, which supported 315,433 California supplier jobs.
Walmart Inc. (NYSE: WMT) helps people around the world save money and live better - anytime and anywhere - in retail stores, online, and through their mobile devices. Each week, over 275 million customers and members visit our more than 11,300 stores under 58 banners in 27 countries and eCommerce websites. With fiscal year 2019 revenue of $514.4 billion, Walmart employs over 2.2 million associates worldwide. Walmart continues to be a leader in sustainability, corporate philanthropy and employment opportunity. Additional information about Walmart can be found by visiting http://corporate.walmart.com, on Facebook at http://facebook.com/walmart and on Twitter at http://twitter.com/walmart.
About Philanthropy at Walmart
Walmart.org represents the philanthropic efforts of Walmart and the Walmart Foundation. By leaning in where our business has unique strengths, we work to tackle key social issues and collaborate with others to spark long-lasting systemic change. Walmart has stores in 27 countries, employing more than 2 million associates and doing business with thousands of suppliers who, in turn, employ millions of people. Walmart.org is helping people live better by supporting programs that work to accelerate upward job mobility for frontline workers, address hunger and make healthier, more sustainably-grown food a reality, and build strong communities where Walmart operates. To learn more, visit www.walmart.org or find us on Twitter @walmartorg.