Los Angeles, Calif. (December 21, 2018) – As part of their mission to use their strengths to make a difference, Walmart and the Walmart Foundation announce they have donated more than $61 million in cash and in-kind contributions to non-profit organizations in California, including more than $14 million in Los Angeles, during FY18. Walmart is uniquely positioned to support organizations that create opportunities so people can live better. These donations support Los Angeles programs focused on hunger relief, healthy eating, workforce development and disaster preparedness.
Specifically, Walmart and the Walmart Foundation are dedicated to the fight against hunger and are determined to help families who need ready access to nutritious food. In Los Angeles, Walmart’s contributions include: In Los Angeles, Walmart donated nearly 8 million pounds of food to local food banks and hunger relief organizations during FY18, which is the equivalent of 6,596,791 meals.
“The need in Los Angeles County is great. Roughly one in seven of our neighbors may not know where their next meal is coming from.” said Michael Flood, President and CEO of the Los Angeles Regional Food Bank. “We would like to thank Walmart for their generous donations throughout 2018 that has given meals to needy families in Los Angeles. We look forward to continuing our relationship with Walmart in the years to come.”
In addition, Walmart encourages associates to get involved with charitable organizations that matter to them, their families and the communities they serve. In Los Angeles, Walmart associates performed 6,244 hours of volunteer service in their communities throughout FY18.
“During this season of giving, I’m so proud to recognize our Walmart and Sam’s Club associates who volunteered almost 40,000 hours and our stores that donated more than 27 million meals in the state of California,” said Todd Siron, Walmart regional vice president. “We are also continually inspired and motivated by the amazing work of the nonprofit organizations we work with in California, and we thank them for all that they do.”
The Walmart Foundation supports organizations by awarding grants that have a long-lasting, positive impact on communities across the U.S. In addition, Walmart U.S. stores, clubs and distribution centers award cash grants to support local nonprofits. The Walmart Foundation also provides funds for equipment, trucks and logistical expertise to support non-profit organizations extend their reach and impact and help those in need. Learn more about Walmart’s approach to global responsibility to provide shared value for society.
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