Walmart and the Walmart Foundation commits at least $1 million to support Hurricane Harvey relief and recovery efforts

Donations and needed supplies to assist organizations leading Gulf Coast relief efforts

BENTONVILLE, Ark., 2017-Aug-28 — /EPR Retail News/ — In anticipation of Hurricane Harvey, Walmart and the Walmart Foundation have made a commitment to provide support for relief efforts through cash and product donations of at least $1 million to organizations helping in response to the severe weather impacting Texas and Louisiana. As a part of this commitment, Walmart is working closely with organizations like the American Red Cross, Salvation Army and Convoy of Hope while coordinating efforts with elected officials and governmental entities to help meet the needs of those affected. We are supporting these organizations in addressing immediate needs in the community and will continue to monitor in the coming days to provide additional assistance.

“We are concerned for the people in the path of this potentially devastating storm,” said Kathleen McLaughlin, Chief Sustainability Officer at Walmart and President of the Walmart Foundation. “We are actively supporting local response efforts and will continue to be there for our customers, friends, family, fellow associates and neighbors in the Gulf Coast.”

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. Since 2005, Walmart and the Walmart Foundation have donated more than $60 million in cash and in-kind donations in response to disaster events.

About Walmart
Wal-Mart Stores, 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 260 million customers and members visit our more than 11,600 stores under 59 banners in 28 countries and e-commerce websites in 11 countries. With fiscal year 2017 revenue of $485.9 billion, Walmart employs approximately 2.3 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
By using our strengths to help others, Walmart and the Walmart Foundation create opportunities for people to live better every day. Walmart has stores in 28 countries, employing more than 2.4 million associates and doing business with thousands of suppliers who, in turn, employ millions of people. Our philanthropy helps people live better by supporting upward job mobility and economic development for the retail workforce; addressing hunger and making healthier, more sustainably-grown food a reality; and building strong communities where Walmart operates and inspiring our associates to give back. Whether it is helping to lead the fight against hunger in the United States with $2 billion in cash and in-kind donations or supporting Women’s Economic Empowerment through a series of grants totaling $10 million to the Women in Factories training program in Bangladesh, China, India and Central America, Walmart and the Walmart Foundation are not only working to tackle key social issues, we are also collaborating with others to inspire solutions for long-lasting systemic change. To learn more about Walmart’s giving, visit http://www.foundation.walmart.com.

Source: Wal-Mart Stores, Inc.

Walmart’s 10th annual Global Responsibility Report: We believe that the value-maximizing strategy is the one that creates shared value for customers, business and society

2017 report outlines the retailer’s milestones in creating shared value for people, business and society

BENTONVILLE, Ark., 2017-Apr-21 — /EPR Retail News/ — Walmart today released its tenth annual Global Responsibility Report, which looks back at the company’s progress during fiscal year 2017 in advancing the key areas of opportunity, sustainability and local communities. The report also looks ahead at the retailer’s role in helping rewire whole social and environmental systems as it strives toward a new era of trust and transparency.

The three aspirational goals Walmart set in 2005 remain constant to this day while the company’s approach and vision of global responsibility continue to evolve. This past November, the retailer announced a new approach in advancing the key areas of opportunity, sustainability and community which consists of a 10-year vision to create shared value and underscores the importance of true integration into the company’s core business.

Notable milestones and progress from the 2017 Global Responsibility Report include:

Increasing Economic Opportunity in Retail Supply Chains

Supporting Economic Mobility in Retail for Walmart Associates and Beyond

  • Enhancing associate opportunity: Walmart is addressing barriers that can impede career advancement for associates. In FY2017, Walmart completed a $2.7 billion investment in U.S. associates that included increases in training, education and higher wages.
  • Accelerating frontline retail job mobility beyond Walmart: In addition to investing in its own associates, Walmart and the Walmart Foundation in 2015 launched the Retail Opportunity Initiative, a five-year, $100 million sector-wide effort aimed at strengthening the transferability of skills of the U.S. retail workforce and developing ways to make it easier for front-line workers to advance their careers. Through the end of FY2017, Walmart and the Walmart Foundation invested more than $59 million and collaborated with leading nonprofits, employers, government agencies and educational institutions such as the Chicago Cook Workforce Partnership, The League of Innovation and the Aspen Institute.

Investing in American Jobs

  • Supporting local, diverse and small businesses: In 2013, Walmart pledged to purchase $250 billion more in products supporting American jobs through 2023. To raise awareness for this initiative, Walmart hosted the U.S. Manufacturing Summit and Open Call for new U.S. made products in June 2016. Entrepreneurs from 40 states participated in 800 meetings at the event.
  • Walmart, the Walmart Foundation and the U.S. Conference of Mayors launched a $10 million U.S. Manufacturing Innovation Fund in 2014. The fund supports innovative research into manufacturing processes. The FY2017 funding cycle marks the completion of the $10 million commitment; however, the projects continue to advance.

Enhancing the Sustainability of Operations and Our Value Chain

Reducing Emissions, Energy Intensity and Waste In Operations

  • Setting emissions reduction goals: Walmart is the first retailer with an approved science-based target emissions-reduction plan. The company aims to reduce its absolute Scope 1 and 2 emissions by 18 percent by 2025. The retailer will also work with its suppliers to reduce CO2e, or carbon dioxide equivalent, emissions from upstream and downstream Scope 3 sources by one billion tons (a gigaton) between 2015 and 2030.
  • Continued advancement toward 100 percent renewable energy goal: Walmart aspires to eliminate reliance on fossil fuel-based energy sources by meeting its needs with 100 percent renewable energy. By 2025, Walmart aims to power 50 percent of its operations with renewable energy. At the end of FY2017, approximately 26 percent of Walmart’s electricity needs globally were supplied by renewable sources, including more than 460 onsite and offsite projects in operation or under development globally.
  • Progress toward zero waste goal: By the end of FY2017, Walmart diverted from landfills 82 percent of materials previously considered waste from Walmart U.S., and 77 percent* from Walmart International. As a large global grocer, Walmart is also committed to reducing food waste within its own operations. Since 2005, Walmart stores, clubs and distribution centers have donated more than 3.3 billion pounds of food to organizations that distribute to those in need in the U.S., including more than 600 million pounds in FY2017.

Improving Sustainability in Global Value Chains

  • Working with our suppliers: Since 2014, suppliers have reported a 96 percent reduction of high priority chemicals by weight in Walmart U.S. stores. In FY2017, Walmart reached a goal set in 2012, of buying 70 percent of the company’s U.S. goods from suppliers that participate in the Sustainability Index, in categories where the Index is available.

Strengthening Local Communities

Relieving Hunger

  • Efforts to donate 4 billion meals: Walmart and the Walmart Foundation surpassed the halfway point in their goal to provide 4 billion meals over five years, by providing support for 2.4 billion meals to date since 2014. In FY2017, Walmart and the Walmart Foundation donated more than $50 million toward hunger relief.
  • Strengthening the capacity of hunger relief programs: Walmart and the Walmart Foundation are helping organizations who are on the front lines of charitable food provision to improve their infrastructure, so they can increase access to charitable meals. In the U.S., Walmart stores and Sam’s Club locations teamed up with customers and participating suppliers to support Feeding America through the “Fight Hunger. Spark Change.” campaign, raising more than $17 million in funds in FY2017.

Engaging associates to volunteer

  • Walmart associates around the world are dedicated to addressing hunger. In the U.S. alone, Walmart associates donated more than 110,000 hours toward hunger relief in FY2017.
  • In FY2017, 73,000 full-and part-time associates volunteered more than 1.2 million hours generating more than $12 million in Walmart donations.

Strengthening Disaster Response and Community Preparedness

  • Increasing disaster relief and preparedness efforts: In FY2017, Walmart and the Walmart Foundation supported communities after 30 disasters. A total of $6.8 million in cash donations was given specifically for disaster preparedness and relief.

* Based on review of material handling and waste diversion processes in Argentina, Brazil, Canada, Central America, Chile, Japan, Mexico, South Africa, U.K., and U.S., as reported by waste vendors, food banks and stores. In cases where real numbers were not available due to industry challenges they have been estimated based on industry acceptable standards.

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About Walmart
Wal-Mart Stores, 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 260 million customers and members visit our 11,695 stores under 59 banners in 28 countries and e-commerce websites in 11 countries. With fiscal year 2017 revenue of $485.9 billion, Walmart employs approximately 2.3 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.

SOURCE: Wal-Mart Stores, Inc.

Walmart launches its “Fight Hunger. Spark Change.” campaign

Through online acts of support, purchase of participating products and donations at the register, the campaign aims to help Feeding America secure 100 million meals on behalf of member food banks

BENTONVILLE, ARK, 2017-Apr-18 — /EPR Retail News/ — Today (April 17, 2017), Walmart launches its “Fight Hunger. Spark Change.” campaign, a nationwide initiative that encourages the public to join the fight against hunger. Working with Discover card and five suppliers, which represent some of the nation’s leading food companies – Campbell Soup Company, General Mills, Kellogg Company, The Kraft Heinz Company and PepsiCo – Walmart is offering three easy ways to take action against hunger and help a local Feeding America food bank through social, online and in-store participation.

1. Purchase: For every participating product purchased at U.S. Walmart stores from April 17 – May 15, 2017, the supplier will donate the equivalent of one meal ($0.09) on behalf of a Feeding America member food bank, up to applicable limits. For every Discover card transaction made at U.S. Walmart stores and Walmart.com during the campaign period, Discover will donate the equivalent of one meal ($0.09) to Feeding America and its network of member food banks, up to $1 million. See Walmart.com/fighthunger for further details.

2. Online Acts of Support: Generate meals for Feeding America food banks by engaging with the “Fight Hunger. Spark Change.” campaign on social media:

  • Facebook – Create original content that uses #FightHunger; like, share and/or react positively to campaign content; click on Walmart provided campaign content.
  • Instagram – Create or share content using the campaign hashtag #FightHunger; like or share Walmart generated campaign content.
  • Snapchat – Use Walmart provided “Fight Hunger. Spark Change.” filters nationwide on Friday, April 21.
  • Twitter – Create original content that uses #FightHunger; like, share and/or make a campaign tweet a favorite; retweet a message featuring the campaign hashtag #FightHunger; click on Walmart-provided campaign content.

For each online act of support, Walmart will donate the equivalent of 10 meals ($0.90) to Feeding America on behalf of member food banks, up to $1.5 million.

3. Donate at the Register: Donate to your local Feeding America food bank at the register during checkout.

The ‘’Fight Hunger. Spark Change.’’ campaign launches at a critical time when the USDA reports one in eight Americans currently struggle with hunger. To raise awareness for the issue of hunger in America and help generate meals for people struggling with hunger, Walmart and its suppliers are encouraging the public to take action online and in-store to support the Feeding America network of food banks and the more than 46 million Americans it serves throughout the country.

“This campaign is an important part of our ongoing commitment to helping families who struggle with hunger,” said Kathleen McLaughlin, president of the Walmart Foundation and chief sustainability officer for Walmart. “Together with suppliers, customers and friends at Feeding America, we’re dedicated to making a positive difference in the lives of those who live and work in the communities we serve.”

Walmart is kicking off the campaign with a $1.5 million donation and aims to donate a total of $3 million to Feeding America based on the public’s online participation in the “Fight Hunger. Spark Change.” campaign. Combining Walmart’s donation with supplier donations through product purchases and customer donations at the register, the campaign has a goal of helping Feeding America secure 100 million meals on behalf of its member food banks.

“At Feeding America, we see firsthand the impact hunger has on families in communities across the country, and we understand it takes a village to help strengthen our communities and provide meals to people in need,” said Diana Aviv, CEO of Feeding America, the nation’s largest domestic hunger-relief organization. “Great partnerships are essential to moving the needle, and we are grateful to Walmart, its dedicated suppliers and Discover for coming together for the ‘Fight Hunger. Spark Change.’ campaign. Movements like this give each and every one of us an opportunity to get involved and make a difference in the fight against hunger.”

With the USDA reporting that 42 million people in America, including more than 13 million children, struggle with hunger, the ‘’Fight Hunger. Spark Change.’’ campaign is part of Walmart’s larger commitment to provide meals to those in need, helping ensure every family has access to affordable, nutritious and sustainably-grown food.

As the nation’s largest grocer, Walmart is in a unique leadership position to positively impact the issue of hunger in the United States. In October 2014, Walmart announced a commitment to create a more sustainable food system, with a focus on improving the affordability of food by lowering the “true cost” of food for both customers and the environment, increasing access to food, making healthier eating easier, and improving the safety and transparency of the food chain. This commitment includes a goal of providing four billion meals to those struggling with hunger in the U.S. by 2020.

To learn more about the campaign, visit www.walmart.com/fighthunger.

About Walmart
Wal-Mart Stores, 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 260 million customers and members visit our 11,695 stores under 59 banners in 28 countries and e-commerce websites in 11 countries. With fiscal year 2017 revenue of $485.9 billion, Walmart employs approximately 2.3 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.

Source: Wal-Mart Stores, Inc.

Walmart and the Walmart Foundation to support Hurricane Matthew relief efforts with $2 million donation

BENTONVILLE, Ark., 2016-Oct-14 — /EPR Retail News/ — Walmart and the Walmart Foundation have made a commitment to provide support through cash and product donations of $2 million to organizations helping with relief efforts for those affected by Hurricane Matthew. As a part of this commitment, the Walmart Foundation is allocating $500,000 specifically toward CARE and Team Rubicon Global for relief efforts in Haiti. In the United States, Walmart and the Walmart Foundation have been working closely with the American Red Cross, Salvation Army, Team Rubicon and Feeding America, coordination efforts are being made with elected officials and governmental entities to meet the needs of those affected.

With widespread wind damage and flooding, Walmart and the Walmart Foundation have coordinated efforts as part of the $2 million donation to send bottles of water, food and sheltering supplies to affected areas.

“Our thoughts are with those affected by this disaster,” said Kathleen McLaughlin, President of the Walmart Foundation. “Both Walmart and the Walmart Foundation are working closely with non-profit partners, first responders, elected officials and governmental organizations to see how each can use its strengths to help.”

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 last 10 years, Walmart and the Walmart Foundation have donated more than $56 million in cash and in-kind donations in response to disaster events.

About Walmart
Wal-Mart Stores, 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, nearly 260 million customers and members visit our 11,528 stores under 72 banners in 28 countries and e-commerce websites in 11 countries. With fiscal year 2016 revenue of $482.1 billion, Walmart employs approximately 2.3 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
By using our strengths to help others, Walmart and the Walmart Foundation create opportunities for people to live better every day. We have stores in 28 countries, employing more than 2.3 million associates and doing business with thousands of suppliers who, in turn, employ millions of people. We are helping people live better by accelerating upward job mobility and economic development for the retail workforce; addressing hunger and making healthier, more sustainably-grown food a reality; and building strong communities where we operate and inspiring our associates to give back. Whether it is helping to lead the fight against hunger in the United States with $2 billion in cash and in-kind donations or supporting Women’s Economic Empowerment through a series of grants totaling $10 million to the Women in Factories training program in Bangladesh, China, India and Central America, Walmart and the Walmart Foundation are not only working to tackle key social issues, we are also collaborating with others to inspire solutions for long-lasting systemic change. To learn more about Walmart’s giving, visit foundation.walmart.com.

Contact: 1-800-WALMART (1-800-925-6278)

Source: Walmart

Walmart Foundation announces funding for 10 Workforce Development Boards through The Chicago Cook Workforce Partnership

BENTONVILLE, Ark., 2016-Sep-09 — /EPR Retail News/ — As a next step in an effort to increase economic mobility of workers in retail and adjacent sectors in the U.S., the Walmart Foundation today (Sept. 7, 2016) announced 10 Workforce Development Boards (WDBs) across the country will receive funding from The Chicago Cook Workforce Partnership (The Partnership). The Partnership selected 10 WDBs to collectively form and implement new models of career services specific to retail—models that will serve as best practices for the approximately 550 WDBs in the U.S. that already provide services, such as career coaching, soft skills training, specialized skills training and referrals to other resources.

The funding is part of a $10.9 million grant the Walmart Foundation made to The Partnership in March 2016. The two-year grant program is the largest investment to date as part of Walmart and the Walmart Foundation’s Opportunity initiative, which aims to increase the economic mobility of workers in retail and adjacent sectors by working with nonprofits, educational institutions and government agencies to make it easier for frontline workers to move faster into middle skills roles.

According to the National Retail Federation, the retail industry supports one in four American jobs—a total of 42 million.

“The advancement of our nation’s workforce is imperative and investments made by the Walmart Foundation and The Chicago Cook Workforce Partnership in our national network of WDBs will create a significant ripple effect that will help boards across the country make informed, smart decisions about how to invest in workforce strategies that align with the needs of their local retailers,” said Ron Painter, president of the National Association of Workforce Boards. “The models this network creates will advance the nation’s workforce by supporting incumbent workers, fulfilling employer needs and empowering thousands of working Americans to climb the economic ladder.”

A paper authored by the Harvard Business School, Accenture and Burning Glass refutes the retail sector’s reputation as a dead-end industry, explaining how entry-level jobs can lead to supervisory roles or parallel pathways within adjacent sectors with high occupational demand and high wages.

“As one of the largest provider of jobs for the American workforce, the retail industry presents many opportunities for workers to grow and thrive,” said Kathleen McLaughlin, president of the Walmart Foundation and chief sustainability officer for Walmart. “Through our work with The Chicago Cook Workforce Partnership, we are helping ensure that retail workers have the skills, training and education needed to build long-lasting careers.”

“The need to provide career pathways for workers to advance in the retail sector is a national challenge,” said Karin M. Norington-Reaves, CEO of The Partnership. “The Partnership is excited to work with Workforce Development Boards from across the country to demonstrate the great strides we are making to implement new models and strategies focused on growing the retail workforce.”

The 10 WDBs receiving funding from The Partnership will provide a variety of services to job seekers, including:
· Job readiness training customized to the retail sector, including helping jobseekers acquire the “soft skills” that are critical for workplace success such as teamwork, leadership, communication and conflict resolution.
· Specialized skills training.
· Job placement assistance, resume writing assistance and interviewing skills workshops.
· Post placement services to promote job retention.
Among the services the WDBs will offer employers are:
· Serving as a point of contact for retail employers in the area for recruiting and training opportunities, including career tracks such as sales, customer service, logistics, operations, merchandising/buying and management.
· Incumbent worker training.
· Customized recruiting and candidate pre-screening and assistance in writing job descriptions for new positions.
· Employee retention assistance and improving the supply of qualified job candidates.
The 10 WDBs selected by The Partnership to receive grants in the first year of the two-year grant program include:

Workforce Development Board Grant Amount Estimated Number of People Who Will Benefit
Anne Arundel Workforce Development Corporation, Millersville, Md. $200,000 200 participants
Central Minnesota Jobs and Training Services, Inc., Monticello, Minn. $300,000 200 participants
Los Angeles Economic and Workforce Development Department, Los Angeles, Calif. $400,000 325 participants
Denver Workforce Development Board,
Denver, Colo.
$422,652 325 participants
Metro North Regional Employment Board, Cambridge, Mass. $400,000 200 participants
Center of Workforce Innovations (Northwest Indiana Workforce Board),
Valparaiso, Ind.
$387,421 200 participants
Philadelphia Works, Philadelphia, Pa. $399,430 325 participants
San Diego Workforce Partnership, San Diego, Calif. $400,000 325 participants
The WorkPlace, Bridgeport, Conn. (Southwestern Connecticut Regional Workforce Development Board) $400,000 200 participants
Workforce Snohomish, Everett, Wash. $314,180 200 participants

In addition to providing greater opportunities for retail workers in these communities, this work will have large-scale impact for potentially thousands of workers as key learnings and new models for training and development are shared and may be implemented by WDBs across the U.S.

In February 2015, Walmart and the Walmart Foundation committed $100 million over five years to strengthen the skills of the broader U.S. workforce, by funding programs to create career paths in retail and related industries and training thousands of workers outside of Walmart. Walmart and the Walmart Foundation are working with outside experts to develop a system of industry-recognized curricula and credentials for workers so they can gain new skills, training and education to grow their careers. To date, Walmart and the Walmart Foundation have given grants totaling $39 million as part of this Opportunity initiative.

For more information about the Walmart Foundation’s grant to The Partnership, visit http://workforceboard.org/about-us/funders-and-partners/grants/wal-mart-foundation-grant/. To learn more about Walmart’s Opportunity initiative, visit http://corporate.walmart.com/opportunity.

About Philanthropy at Walmart
By using our strengths to help others, Walmart and the Walmart Foundation create opportunities for people to live better every day. We have stores in 28 countries, employing more than 2.3 million associates and doing business with thousands of suppliers who, in turn, employ millions of people. We are helping people live better by accelerating upward job mobility and economic development for the retail workforce; addressing hunger and making healthier, more sustainably-grown food a reality; and building strong communities where we operate and inspire our associates to give back. Whether it is helping to lead the fight against hunger in the United States with $2 billion in cash and in-kind donations or supporting Women’s Economic Empowerment through a series of grants totaling $10 million to the Women in Factories training program in Bangladesh, China, India and Central America, Walmart and the Walmart Foundation are not only working to tackle key social issues, we are also collaborating with others to inspire solutions for long-lasting systemic change. To learn more about Walmart’s giving, visit foundation.walmart.com.

Call: 1-800-WALMART (1-800-925-6278)

Source: Walmart

The 100,000 Opportunities Initiative achieves goal of hiring 100,000 Opportunity Youth two years ahead of schedule

The 100,000 Opportunities Initiative achieves goal of hiring 100,000 Opportunity Youth two years ahead of schedule
The 100,000 Opportunities Initiative achieves goal of hiring 100,000 Opportunity Youth two years ahead of schedule

 

SEATTLE, 2016-Sep-01 — /EPR Retail News/ — The 100,000 Opportunities Initiative, the country’s largest employer-led coalition committed to creating pathways to meaningful employment for young people, today (August 31, 2016)  announced that it has met its goal of hiring 100,000 Opportunity Youth – the population of 16- to 24-year-old who are out of work and not in school – two years ahead of schedule. The coalition, formed in July 2015, is now aligning with the cross-sector goal of creating one million opportunities by 2021. The group will continue to capture and share new recruiting and human resources practices tailored to hiring, retaining and advancing Opportunity Youth.

“A first job is the way many young people start their path in America. The creativity and commitment of the coalition to use our collective scale and convening power have taught us all many lessons as we reach an initial milestone to hire more than 100,000 Opportunity Youth,” said Howard Schultz, chairman and ceo of Starbucks and co-founder of the Schultz Family Foundation. “But, this is not a victory lap; our work is far from complete. This is just the beginning as we accelerate our efforts to build a network to reconnect one million Opportunity Youth in the next five years. By continuing to expand our coalition and leveraging the power of technology and hiring events, we will invest in solutions that further support the young people of America who are our future workers, customers and citizens.”

To date, more than 100,000 young people have found jobs with participating companies and more than 3,000 on-the-spot job offers were received at a series of employer-organized Opportunity Hiring Fairs in Chicago, Phoenix, Los Angeles and Seattle. In partnership with community leaders and elected officials, the innovative fairs help prepare young people for employment by teaching them interview techniques, resume-writing and advice regarding interview-appropriate clothing. The coalition is also building and sharing best practice models to engage young people in apprenticeships, internships, training programs and both part-time and full-time jobs.

“By using our scale and strengths, Walmart and the Walmart Foundation work to improve the lives of millions of people through creating economic mobility,” said Kathleen McLaughlin, President of the Walmart Foundation. “Through our Retail Opportunity initiative, we are working to not only advance our own 1.2 million associates, but elevate the entire retail sector. We are very pleased with the progress made to date through the 100,000 Opportunities Initiative and excited to continue working with other employers to hire, retain and build career pathways for opportunity youth.”

“It is encouraging and exciting to see companies rethinking traditional hiring practices in ways that benefit youth and provide business value to employers,” said Judith Rodin, president of The Rockefeller Foundation. “The Rockefeller Foundation is proud to support the 100,000 Opportunities Initiative, and we look forward to continuing to work with these corporations committed to impact hiring. Together, we can grow these efforts to attract and retain qualified young people in a way that generates sustained impact, building a more inclusive economy that works for everyone.”

The latest companies to join the 100,000 Opportunities Initiative include Five Guys, Gene Juarez, Greyston Bakery, MOD Pizza, PCC Natural Markets, Savers and Swiss Post Solutions.  The initiative is generously supported by Alaska Airlines, Arizona Community Foundation, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, California Endowment, Conrad N. Hilton Foundation, Delaware North, Dominos, FedEx, Hilton, HMS Host, JPMorgan Chase Foundation, MacArthur Foundation, Macy’s, Medina Foundation, Microsoft, My Brother’s Keeper Alliance, Nordstrom, Papa John’s, The Prudential Foundation, The Rockefeller Foundation, Seattle Foundation, Schultz Family Foundation, Starbucks, The Starbucks Foundation, Taco Bell, Target, T-Mobile, Walmart Foundation and the W.K. Kellogg Foundation. This work is supported by grants and led by The Aspen Institute’s Forum for Community Solutions and FSG.

“Improving life outcomes for Opportunity Youth is a moral imperative and economic necessity, and we are thrilled to see the terrific response to this national effort from employers, community leaders and the young people themselves,” said Melody Barnes, chair of Aspen Institute’s Forum for Community Solutions. “We must stay the course and accelerate and deepen its efforts to provide opportunities to a million young people in the United States over the next five years so that we can make meaningful progress for this population.”

The Aspen Institute’s Forum for Community Solutions has served as an important intermediary for the initiative, leveraging its national Opportunity Youth Incentive Fund, which supports collaborative efforts focused on Opportunity Youth in 23 communities around the country. The Aspen Institute provides direct funding, leadership, technical assistance, and programmatic support to the 100,000 Opportunities Initiative in Chicago, Phoenix, Los Angeles, Seattle and future cities.

About the 100,000 Opportunities Initiative
The 100,000 Opportunities Initiative is the nation’s largest employer-led coalition of private sector companies committed to supporting “opportunity youth” as they prepare for and secure employment. Opportunity Youth are the 5.5 million 16-24 year old in the United States who are out of school and not employed. The 100,000 Opportunities Initiative members believe this population is an untapped pool of talent for employers in the country.

The 100,000 Opportunities Initiative has grown to nearly 50 leading U.S. companies including Accenture, Alaska Airlines, Chipotle Mexican Grill, Cintas, CVS Health, Delaware North, Dominos, Evolution Fresh, FedEx, Five Guys, Gene Juarez, Greyston Bakery, Hilton Worldwide, HMSHost, Hyatt, JCPenney, JPMorgan Chase, Leisure Care, Lyft, Macy’s, Mars, MOD Pizza, Microsoft, Nordstrom, Panda Express, Papa John’s, PCC Natural Markets, Pizza Hut, Porch.com, Potbelly Sandwich Shop, Prudential Financial, Red Robin, Republic Services, Savers, Services Group of America, Sprinkles, Starbucks, Sweetgreen, Swiss Post Solutions, Taco Bell, Target, Teavana, T-Mobile, TOMS, Ulta Beauty, VILLA, Walgreens and Walmart.

For more information on the funding organizations, employers and learning partners involved, please visit http://www.100kOpportunities.org.

Companies and other organizations interested in joining or learning more about the 100,000 Opportunities Initiative may email members@100kopportunities.org.

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Walmart Foundation, U.S. Conference of Mayors name this year’s U.S. Manufacturing Innovation Fund grant recipients

Walmart’s U.S. Manufacturing Innovation Fund awards $2.8 million to five universities

WASHINGTON, D.C., 2016-Jan-25 — /EPR Retail News/ — The Walmart Foundation and the U.S. Conference of Mayors today announced this year’s U.S. Manufacturing Innovation Fund grant recipients at the 84th Winter Meeting of the U.S. Conference of Mayors in Washington, D.C.

Five leading research and academic institutions were awarded a total of $2.84 million in grants by the fund for their work focused on innovations in textile manufacturing. The fund, which focuses on the development of domestic manufacturing with a specific goal of advancing the production or assembly of consumer products in the U.S., will provide a total of $10 million in grants over the course of five years. This is the second round of funding under this grant.

The grant recipients were selected for their ability to address two key challenges that currently present barriers to increased domestic manufacturing. These challenges are:

  • Reducing the cost of textile manufacturing, including home textiles and apparel, in the U.S. by addressing obstacles throughout production.
  • Improving common manufacturing processes with broad application to many types of consumer products.

“Through these grants we hope to help remove the barriers to revitalizing and growing U.S. apparel manufacturing, while creating more sustainable production processes,” said Kathleen McLaughlin, president of the Walmart Foundation and chief sustainability officer for Walmart. “The U.S. Manufacturing Innovation Fund is part of Walmart and the Walmart Foundation’s broader commitment to foster new economic growth and opportunity and create stronger communities.”

“America’s mayors work every day to create good jobs for the people who live in our cities and metro areas. The five projects we’ve recognized today will lead to manufacturing jobs in their respective cities and eventually, across the country,” said Tom Cochran, CEO and executive director of the U.S. Conference of Mayors. “We are proud to partner with Walmart and the Walmart Foundation to support these important efforts.”

The 2016 Walmart U.S. Manufacturing Innovation Fund grant winners are:

  • Clemson University for energy and effluent reduction through innovative dyeing of polyester fabrics
  • Oregon State University for environmentally conscious dyeing of fabrics using continuous digital printing and drying of biopigment inks
  • University of Texas at Austin for on-loom fabric defect inspection using contact image sensors
  • North Carolina State University for developing a non-stop tying-in process/approach to improve weaving efficiency
  • Cornell University for recycling post-consumer textile waste and a raw material substitute for new textiles

Support for the Innovation Fund is part of Walmart’s broader commitment to help revitalize U.S. manufacturing. In January 2013, Walmart announced a commitment to buy an additional $250 billion in products that support U.S. jobs by 2023.

These commitments represent a significant investment that will help accelerate the pace of U.S. manufacturing. By making production in the U.S. more cost-effective and efficient, the global retailer believes it can bring American consumers more American-made products and ultimately create jobs in communities across the country.

For more information on Walmart’s commitment to U.S. manufacturing, please visithttp://corporate.walmart.com/global-responsibility/us-manufacturing.

About Walmart
Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. (WMT:NYSE) helps people around the world save money and live better – anytime and anywhere – in retail stores, online, and through their mobile devices. Each week, nearly 260 million customers and members visit our nearly 11,600 stores under 72 banners in 28 countries and e-commerce websites in 11 countries. With fiscal year 2015 revenue of $485.7 billion, Walmart employs approximately 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 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 has donated more than 1 billion meals to those in need across the country. To learn more about Walmart’s giving, visit foundation.walmart.com.

About The U.S. Conference of Mayors
The United States Conference of Mayors is the official non-partisan organization of cities with populations of 30,000 or more. There are nearly 1,400 such cities in the country today. Each city is represented in the Conference by its chief elected official, the mayor. The primary roles of the Conference are to promote the development of effective national urban/suburban policy; strengthen federal-city relationships; ensure that federal policy meets urban needs; provide mayors with leadership and management tools; and create a forum in which mayors can share ideas and information. www.usmayors.org

SOURCE: Wal-Mart Stores, Inc.

Walmart Foundation grants $800,000 to the NRF Foundation for analysis of the retail industry’s learning and development needs

WASHINGTON, 2015-6-2 — /EPR Retail News/ — As a part of Walmart and the Walmart Foundation’s $100 million commitment to industry workforce development, an $800,000 grant has been awarded to the NRF Foundation. Through this grant the NRF Foundation will work with employers to determine the competencies needed in the industry and the potential for a new industry-validated credentialing program to help store and distribution center employees advance their careers.

The capacity-building grant will enable the NRF Foundation to hire a new staff member who will undertake an analysis of the retail industry’s learning and development needs; fund three research projects; and create a community of leaders in retail learning and development from NRF member companies to provide input and insight on addressing industry workforce trends in the long term.

The NRF Foundation will bring together retailers from across the industry – including grocery stores, drugstores, specialty retailers, department stores and big-box retailers – to identify core competencies crucial to the success of front-line associates and determine how the industry can move forward to continue to develop its workforce. This work will also include the development of forward-thinking training programs to address how the industry and its workforce needs are changing and evaluate effective ways of training employees at scale.

“We are committed to building a program that will advance the careers of millions of current and potential retail workers,” said NRF Foundation Executive Director Ellen Davis. “Bringing the entire industry together for this important work will enable us to create a continuous pipeline of talent for retail’s future workforce, and we are grateful to the Walmart Foundation for funding the initial exploration of how businesses can come together to support the millions of people who work in retail.”

The NRF Foundation will use a portion of the grant to conduct extensive research in three key areas — industry challenges in the recruiting, development and retention of successful store and distribution teams; current hiring and training practices; and the anticipated skills needed for the retail workforce in stores and distribution centers in 2025.

“The NRF Foundation already has a deep understanding of the challenges facing today’s retail workforce. The Walmart Foundation’s grant will help identify new challenges facing hiring managers and the skills retail workers will need in the next 20 years,” said Kathleen McLaughlin, president of the Walmart Foundation and senior vice president of corporate affairs. “Through our work together we’ll be able to develop flexible training modules and clear job pathways that will ultimately increase the economic mobility of the retail workforce as a whole.”

The NRF Foundation shapes retail’s future by building awareness of the industry through statistics and stories; developing talent through education, experiences and scholarships; and fostering career growth among people who work in retail. The NRF Foundation is the 501(c)(3) nonprofit arm of the National Retail Federation and is funded in part by generous donations from retail industry supporters. NRF.com/Foundation.

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Walmart launches nationwide initiative to take action in the fight against hunger, the spring Fight Hunger. Spark Change. campaign

Walmart and six suppliers aim to donate enough to help Feeding America secure 75 million meals for affiliate food banks across the country

BENTONVILLE, ARK., 2015-4-7 — /EPR Retail News/ — Today, Walmart launches the spring Fight Hunger. Spark Change. campaign, a nationwide initiative inviting the public to take action in the fight against hunger. Working with some of the nation’s leading food companies – Campbell’s, ConAgra Foods, General Mills, Kellogg Company, Kraft, and Unilever – Walmart is offering the 140 million customers that shop at its stores each week three easy ways to help families in need in their local communities. Through the campaign, Walmart aims to donate up to $3 million to Feeding America based on customer participation in the #WeSparkChange social media challenge and Walmart’s suppliers aim to donate enough to help Feeding America secure 75 million meals for affiliate food banks across the country.

The Fight Hunger. Spark Change. campaign comes at a critical time when one in six people in America struggle with hunger at some point during the year, according to the USDA. In addition, food banks are facing the time of year known as the “spring hunger gap” when food supply is often at its lowest level. To raise awareness and help provide meals to those in need, Walmart and its suppliers are inviting customers to take action in store and online to generate support for Feeding America and its nationwide network of 200 food banks.

“At Walmart, we believe every family should have access to affordable, nutritious and sustainably grown food, but this is not the reality for millions of Americans. An extraordinary 49 million Americans struggle with hunger and don’t know where their next meal will come from at some point during the year,” said Kathleen McLaughlin, president of the Walmart Foundation and senior vice president of Walmart sustainability. “This spring, we’re making it easy for our customers to give back to those in need in their local community by taking simple actions in store or sharing photos online. With the support of our customers and partnerships with our suppliers and Feeding America, the nation’s leading organization dedicated to fighting domestic hunger through a network of member food banks, we can make a real difference for families facing hunger across the U.S.”

From April 6 through May 3, customers can fight hunger and spark change in three easy ways:

  1. Take the #WeSparkChange Challenge: Customers can take a picture of six friends who share their commitment to fight hunger, representing the one in six people who may struggle with hunger in the U.S. Then, post the picture on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter as a public post with the hashtag #WeSparkChange. For each public post connected to the hashtag #WeSparkChange, Walmart will donate $10, up to a maximum donation of $1.5 million, to Feeding America on behalf of its affiliate food banks. To help generate more donations, customers can post multiple pictures, tagging friends and challenging them to take their own photo within 48 hours. To kick-off the challenge, Walmart will make an initial donation of $1.5 million to Feeding America, with the goal of reaching a total donation of $3 million based on the public’s participation, enough to help secure 30 million meals.
  2. Buy Participating Products: Purchase one of 240 participating products in Walmart stores nationwide and the supplier will make a donation to help Feeding America secure a meal on behalf of a local food bank. For every item purchased, a meal will be secured for the local Feeding America food bank in that area.
  3. Donate at the Register: For the first time, customers can make a donation on behalf of their local Feeding America food bank at the register during checkout.

“At Feeding America, our mission is to engage the country in the fight to end hunger, and this spring we’re proud to build upon our strong partnership with Walmart to encourage their millions of customers to get involved,” said Bob Aiken, CEO of Feeding America. “The campaign is the latest example of Walmart engaging its suppliers, customers and associates with new and creative ways to help families struggling with hunger have access to the food they need.”

The Fight Hunger. Spark Change. campaign is just one step toward Walmart’s larger commitment to provide meals to those in need, helping ensure every family has access to affordable, nutritious and sustainably grown food. As the nation’s largest grocer, Walmart is in a unique leadership position to help impact the issue of hunger in the United States. Last year, Walmart announced a commitment to create a more sustainable food system, with a focus on improving the affordability of food by lowering the “true cost” of food for both customers and the environment, increasing access to food, making healthier eating easier, and improving the safety and transparency of the food chain. This commitment includes a goal of providing four billion meals to those in need in the U.S. over the next five years.

To learn more about the campaign, including details on participating products, visit www.walmart.com/fighthunger.

About Walmart
Wal-Mart Stores, 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, more than 250 million customers and members visit our 11,462 stores under 71 banners in 27 countries and e- commerce websites in 11 countries. With fiscal year 2015 sales of nearly $486 billion, Walmart employs more than 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. Online merchandise sales are available at http://www.walmart.com and http://www.samsclub.com.

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Walmart debutes online shopping portal on Walmart.com for products from suppliers that are leading in sustainability

Unveils online Sustainability Leaders shop at Global Milestone Meeting

SAN BRUNO, Calif., 2015-2-24 — /EPR Retail News/ — Walmart announced today the debut of its Sustainability Leaders shop, an online shopping portal on Walmart.com that helps customers identify and purchase products from suppliers that are leading in sustainability.

The launch of the Sustainability Leaders shop builds on the company’s ambition to provide customers more information about the products they purchase at Walmart. The new portal helps to advance Walmart’s goal to offer customers a way to choose products they can afford, and that are produced in an environmentally and socially responsible way.

The Sustainability Leaders shop is the customer-facing iteration of Walmart’s Sustainability Index, launched in 2009 in collaboration with The Sustainability Consortium (TSC), an independent, third-party organization of academic-based scientists and more than 100 member organizations that creates tools and strategies to drive more sustainable consumer products. Over the last several years, Walmart and TSC have worked with suppliers, several leading non-profit organizations and TSC to build the Sustainability Index.

“The Sustainability Leaders shop on Walmart.com is the first step in helping our customers identify which brands and suppliers are leading the way in sustainability,” explained Neil Ashe, president and CEO of Walmart Global eCommerce. “Our customers can trust us to work with suppliers who have an ongoing commitment to both sustainability and affordability.”

Until now, the Sustainability Index, which gathers and analyzes information about a supplier’s approach to managing its social and environmental impact on the full lifecycle of its products, had only been a tool for Walmart and its suppliers. Now, as part of the Sustainability Leaders shop, important insights from the tool are available to anyone.

The Sustainability Leaders shop takes information from the Index and translates it into an easy-to-understand format for Walmart customers. Products displayed with a badge indicate that their manufacturer ranks as best in class among other suppliers in that product category, based on their responses to detailed category surveys developed by TSC.  The badge symbolizes that the manufacturer of that product is ranked highest among its peers within its category; or in categories where there are many leading manufacturers, products made by any manufacturer that scores over 80 percent, will also qualify for a badge. Although the badge isn’t specific to the individual product’s environmental or social impact, the manufacturer and category level approach is intended to help customers identify companies leading in sustainability.

“We’ve done the heavy lifting to empower our customers to put their money where their heart is,” said Kathleen McLaughlin, senior vice president of sustainability for Walmart. “The Sustainability Leaders shop gives customers the tools to make more informed choices, and it’s a great way for us to do good business.”

Depending on the product category, specific and pertinent factors are used to evaluate a company’s sustainability efforts.  The relevant social and environmental factors for a product are not always obvious, and the Index helps illuminate what matters most for each type of product. Customers can also better understand the issues that TSC has identified as the most important in evaluating sustainability in each product category through a series of fact sheets, also available through the Sustainability Leaders shop.

“TSC tools are used by hundreds of Walmart suppliers across sectors to drive sustainability in the supply chain, and now this information is being directed to Walmart consumers to help inform the choice of products they use every day,” stated Sheila Bonini, TSC CEO. “The Sustainability Consortium is also pleased to provide Walmart shoppers with important insights about what sustainability factors matter most for each product category through the library of fact sheets found in the Sustainability Leaders shop.”

To visit the Sustainability Leaders shop, please go to www.walmart.com/sustainabilityleaders. For more details on the Sustainability Index, please visit http://corporate.walmart.com/global-responsibility/environmental-sustainability/sustainability-leaders/introducing-the-walmart-sustainability-leaders-shop

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About Walmart 
Wal-Mart Stores, 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, more than 250 million customers and members visit our 11,453 stores under 71 banners in 27 countries and e-commerce websites in 11 countries. With fiscal year 2015 revenues of nearly $486 billion, Walmart employs approximately 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. Online merchandise sales are available at http://www.walmart.com and http://www.samsclub.com.

Walmart announced the 75 food pantry winners of the Food Pantry Holiday Makeover campaign; each to receive a $20,000 grant for facility makeovers

Food Pantry Holiday Makeover Campaign Awards $20,000 in Grants to 75 Food Pantries Across the Country

BENTONVILLE, Ark., 2014-12-16 — /EPR Retail News/ — Today, Walmart announced the 75 food pantry winners of the Food Pantry Holiday Makeover campaign that will each receive a $20,000 grant for facility makeovers. Over the past two weeks, communities nationwide came together to vote at walmart.com/holidaymakeover for their local food pantry to win a grant. The grants are being made to help the winning food pantries, such as the Chesapeake Cares Food Pantry in Huntingtown, Md., renovate their facilities and purchase essential equipment such as new refrigerators, ovens, stoves, storage units, and even refrigerated trucks to help them better serve families in need.

“We are humbled by the turnout of support Chesapeake Cares Food Pantry has received throughout the campaign, and we’re so excited to be able to use the funds to expand our facility. It will help us improve the food distribution area to make it much easier for people in need to access food. We’ll also be able to expand our food storage area, allowing us to provide healthier foods so more families can eat nutritious meals,” said Rev. Robert P. Hahn, Senior Pastor Chesapeake Church, Chesapeake Cares Food Pantry. “We thank Walmart for their generosity and their commitment to reach out to local food pantries, the people who are on the front lines of this fight. Every food pantry in the running was worthy and we all stand shoulder to shoulder in combating the truly solvable problem in our country: hunger.”

The Food Pantry Holiday Makeover campaign launched at a time when food pantries across the country are preparing for their busiest time of year and facing high rates of need, with more than 49 million Americans experiencing food insecurity in 2013i. Meeting this need requires food pantries to not only have food on hand, but be well-equipped to safely store, prepare, and transport the food that will ultimately end up on a family’s table.

“We are so thankful for everyone who voted and for the communities that came together to support their local hunger relief agencies,” said Kathleen McLaughlin, president of the Walmart Foundation and senior vice president of Walmart Sustainability. “Today, the dedicated food pantry staff and volunteers who work so hard to fight hunger can start making plans for the purchase of new equipment and renovations. We hope that these grants will help make the holidays a little brighter not just for the food pantry staff and volunteers, but also, most importantly, for the families served by these organizations.”
The following food pantries earned the most votes from Dec. 2 through Dec. 12 and will receive part of $1.5 million in grants from Walmart:

State City Food Pantry
Alabama Birmingham The Village
Chunchula Georgetown-Chunchula United Methodist Church
Arizona Sahuarita The Good Shepherd Church UCC
Arkansas Fort Smith Christ For The World
Rogers National Council of the United States of St. Vincent de Paul
California Sacramento Daughters of Zion Enterpryz
Vacaville Vacaville Storehouse
Connecticut Andover Andover Food Pantry
Bridgeport Iglesia Adventista Hispana de Bridgeport
New Haven Loaves and Fishes Food Pantry and Clothing Closet
Florida Clewiston Iglesia Misionera Mundial Inc.
Destin Destin Harvest Inc.
Fort Myers Community Cooperative
Salvation Army
Temple Terrace Kingdom Kids of Tampa Bay, Inc.
Georgia Augusta Bible Deliverance Temple
Vineyard Church of Augusta
Carrolton Open Hands United Christian Ministry
Decatur New Life Community Ministries, Inc.
Newnan BTG Community Outreach, Inc.
Woodstock Alive Ministries, Inc.
Hawaii Honolulu River of Life Mission
Wahiawa Surfing The Nations
Illinois Centralia WAMAC Mission of Hope, Inc.
Quincy The Salvation Army of Quincy Illinois
Indiana Brazil St Vincent de Paul Society Annunciation Conference
Iowa Adel Good Samaritan Food Pantry, Inc.
Ames Food at First
Mason City Hawkeye Harvest Food Bank
Quincy Lutheran Church of St. John Food Pantry
Kansas Independence Community Access Center – Independence Food Basket
Louisiana Opelousas Living Waters Community Development Corporation of Louisiana
Maryland Huntingtown Chesapeake Cares Food Pantry
Massachusetts Salem East Gate Christian Fellowship Joseph’s Storehouse Food Pantry
Michigan Jamestown In His Name Ministries, Inc.
Sutton Bay Leelanau Christian Neighbors
Minnesota Blaine Hope For The Community
Burnsville Vineyard Community Services
Golden Valley People Responding in Social Ministry (PRISM)
Grand Rapids Community Cafe Inc.
Moose Lake Moose Lake Area Food Shelf
St. Paul Keystone Community Services
Missouri La Plata La Plata Christian Ministries Food Distribution Center
Mexico The Help Center, Inc.
Nevada Henderson Saint Therese Center HIV Outreach
New York Binghamton First Assembly of God
Canton Church & Community Program
Farmingville Shinnecock Revival Center
North Carolina High Point Helping Hands High Point
Sunbury Changing Today For A Brighter Tomorrow
Thomasville Fairgrove Family Resource Center, Inc.
Ohio Columbus Feed My Sheep Ministries
Gladden Community House
Oklahoma Woodward Woodward Families Helping Families Inc.
Pennsylvania Allison Park North Hills Community Outreach
Erie SSJ Neighborhood Network
Somerset Somerset County Mobile Food Bank Inc.
South Carolina Columbia St. Vincent de Paul Society
Hilton Head Island Sandalwood Community Food Pantry
Tennessee Antioch The Branch of Nashville, Inc.
Clarksville Manna Café Ministries
Nashville The Little Pantry That Could
Texas Houston Kids’ Meals, Inc.
Plano Minnie’s Food Pantry, Inc.
San Antonio Mobile Loaves & Fishes, Inc.
Utah Draper Jesus Feeds Food Pantry
Spanish Fork Tabitha’s Way
Virginia Charlottesville Loaves & Fishes Food Pantry, Inc.
Chilhowie Loaves and Fishes Chilhowie Area Food Pantry, Inc.
Farmville Farmville Area Community Emergency Services
Washington Tacoma St. Leo Food Connection
West Virginia Ashtown Crosslight of Hope, Inc.
Wisconsin Madison The River Food Pantry, Inc.
Verona Verona Area Needs Network
Wyoming Casper Poverty Resistance Food Pantry

The campaign is part of Walmart’s recently announced commitment to create a more sustainable food system, with a focus on improving the affordability of food by lowering the “true cost” of food for both customers and the environment, increasing access to food, making healthier eating easier, and improving the safety and transparency of the food chain. This commitment includes a goal of providing four billion meals to those in need in the U.S. over the next five years. Learn more about Walmart’s work to fight hunger.

 

About Walmart
Wal-Mart Stores, 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, more than 250 million customers and members visit our 11,156 stores under 71 banners in 27 countries and e-commerce websites in 11 countries. With fiscal year 2014 sales of over $473 billion, Walmart employs approximately 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.

i United States Department of Agriculture. (2014). Household Food Security in the United States in 2013. Retrieved from http://www.ers.usda.gov/media/1565415/err173.pdf

Walmart launches the Food Pantry Holiday Makeover campaign

Online Voting Campaign Set to Distribute $1.5 Million in Grants to Help 75 Food Pantries Meet Demands for Hunger Relief Across the Country

BENTONVILLE, Ark., 2014-12-3 — /EPR Retail News/ — Today, on Giving Tuesday, Walmart launches the Food Pantry Holiday Makeover campaign, a nationwide effort calling on the public to help food pantries across the country win funds for facility makeovers this holiday season. The campaign will donate $1.5 million in grants to 75 food pantries, which will be used to purchase new equipment and renovate their facilities. As part of the campaign, Walmart is teaming up with DIY expert, licensed electrician and contractor, and TV host, James Young and calling on the public to support their local food pantries by voting online at www.walmart.com/holidaymakeover.

The campaign launches during a critical time when food pantries across the country are facing high rates of hunger and preparing for their busiest time of year. According to the most recent USDA report, more than 49 million Americans, including 16 million children, experienced food insecurity in 2013[i]. Providing meals to families is a multi-step process that requires food pantries to not only have food on hand, but be well-equipped to safely store, prepare, serve and transport food to enable families to put fresh and healthy meals on their tables.

“Food pantries play a vital role in providing healthy meals to their communities. As they face great demand this winter, we’re working to make a positive impact by ensuring that they have the infrastructure to safely prepare and store food so more families can have access to healthier meals,” said Kathleen McLaughlin, president of the Walmart Foundation and senior vice president of Walmart Sustainability. “We could not think of a better time than Giving Tuesday to kick off our campaign and give everyone in America the chance to help their local food pantry win an extra special gift this holiday season with just the click of a button.”

From now until Dec. 12, the public can visit www.walmart.com/holidaymakeover to cast one vote per day to help a participating food pantry. The 75 winning food pantries with the most votes at the end of the voting period will each receive a $20,000 grant. These grants will be used for important makeovers that may include the purchase of new kitchen and storage equipment, furniture, paint and other supplies that are needed to support food pantry operations and, in turn, the families they serve. One food pantry also will be selected by James Young to receive an in-person design consultation to help maximize their grant and make facility updates.

“The thing I love most about my job is helping people make positive life changes by improving their kitchen, which is the heart of any home,” said James Young. “Walmart’s Food Pantry Holiday Makeover campaign gives everyone the chance to support their local food pantries so they can make important updates to their own kitchens and facilities. With new equipment, storage systems and new furniture, the food pantries will be able to streamline their processes and help get needed food into the hands of more families.”

The Food Pantry Holiday Makeover campaign is another step towards Walmart’s goal to provide access to affordable, nutritious, sustainably-grown food. As the nation’s largest grocer, Walmart recently announced a commitment to create a more sustainable food system, with a focus on improving the affordability of food by lowering the “true cost” of food for both customers and the environment, increasing access to food, making healthier eating easier, and improving the safety and transparency of the food chain. This commitment includes a goal of providing four billion meals to those in need in the U.S. over the next five years.

To vote and learn more about the campaign visit www.walmart.com/holidaymakeover.

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About Walmart
Wal-Mart Stores, 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, more than 250 million customers and members visit our 11,156 stores under 71 banners in 27 countries and e-commerce websites in 11 countries. With fiscal year 2014 sales of over $473 billion, Walmart employs approximately 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.

[i] United States Department of Agriculture. (2014). Household Food Security in the United States in 2013. Retrieved from http://www.ers.usda.gov/media/1565415/err173.pdf

Walmart announces 50 food banks with the most votes as part of its Fight Hunger. Spark Change. Campaign

Walmart’s Fight Hunger. Spark Change. Campaign distributes $3.7 million in donations to help fight U.S. hunger

Bentonville, Ark., 2014-10-8— /EPR Retail News/ — From Sept.15 to Oct. 5, more than 362,000 votes were cast for 129 participating Feeding America food banks as part of Walmart’s Fight Hunger. Spark Change. Campaign. Local communities rallied together throughout the month to vote at www.walmart.com/fighthunger and, as a result, the 50 food banks with the most votes were selected as winners of a $60,000 grant. These grants will help food banks and partner agencies secure the food, equipment and support they need to help serve the 49 million Americans that, according to the USDA, may not know where their next meal will come from at some point this year.

The Feeding America food banks receiving grants through Fight Hunger.Spark Change. are:

Food Bank City Votes
Feeding South Dakota Sioux Falls, SD 13,676
Second Harvest Food Bank of the Mahoning Valley Youngstown, OH 13,061
Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma Oklahoma City, OK 7,434
Freestore Foodbank Cincinnati, OH 7,314
Rhode Island Community Food Bank Providence, RI 7,095
Second Harvest Food Bank of Northwest NC Winston-Salem, NC 6,499
River Valley Regional Food Bank Fort Smith, AR 6,173
Second Harvest Food Bank of Northeast Tennessee Kingsport, TN 6,150
Northern Illinois Food Bank Geneva, IL 5,795
Weld Food Bank Greeley, CO 5,527
Harry Chapin Food Bank of Southwest Florida Fort Myers, FL 5,483
Kansas Food Bank Wichita, KS 5,065
Feeding America Southwest Virginia Salem, VA 4,970
Community Food Bank of Eastern Oklahoma Tulsa, OK 4,954
Food Bank of Lincoln Lincoln, NE 4,856
Community Harvest Food Bank of Northeast Indiana, Inc. Fort Wayne, IN 4,748
Central Illinois Foodbank, Inc. Springfield, IL 4,715
Greater Cleveland Food Bank Cleveland, OH 4,708
God’s Pantry Food Bank Lexington, KY 4,706
CEO’s Weinberg Regional Food Bank Wilkes Barre, PA 4,705
Wichita Falls Area Food Bank Wichita Falls, TX 4,689
Second Harvest Foodbank of Southern Wisconsin Madison, WI 4,682
Northeast Iowa Food Bank Waterloo, IA 4,676
Feeding America, Kentucky’s Heartland Elizabethtown, KY 4,662
Akron-Canton Regional Foodbank Akron, OH 4,645
Mid-Ohio Foodbank Grove City, OH 4,640
Food Bank of the Albemarle Elizabeth City, NC 4,639
St. Mary’s Food Bank Alliance Phoenix, AZ 4,600
Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida Orlando, FL 4,582
Second Harvest Food Bank of Santa Clara and San Mateo Counties San Jose, CA 4,571
Lowcountry Food Bank Charleston, SC 4,565
Roadrunner Food Bank of New Mexico Albuquerque, NM 4,561
Good Shepherd Food Bank Auburn, ME 4,560
The Food Bank for Central & Northeast Missouri Columbia, MO 4,555
Chattanooga Area Food Bank Chattanooga, TN 4,554
East Texas Food Bank Tyler, TX 4,550
Second Harvest Food Bank of Middle Tennessee Nashville, TN 4,544
St. Louis Area Foodbank Bridgeton, MO 4,518
Central Pennsylvania Food Bank Harrisburg, PA 4,506
Connecticut Food Bank East Haven, CT 4,489
Harvest Texarkana Regional Food Bank Texarkana, AR 4,484
Blue Ridge Area Food Bank Verona, VA 4,482
Food Bank of Northern Nevada McCarran, NV 4,465
Hoosier Hills Food Bank Bloomington, IN 4,443
Community Food Warehouse of Mercer County Sharon, PA 4,443
Atlanta Community Food Bank Atlanta, GA 4,441
Greater Berks Food Bank Reading, PA 4,432
Bay Area Food Bank Theodore, AL 4,426
Second Harvest Food Bank of East Tennessee Maryville, TN 4,415
Dare to Care Food Bank Louisville, KY 4,415

“We want to thank everyone who rallied together and voted in the Fight Hunger. Spark Change. Campaign for their commitment to hunger relief,” said Kathleen McLaughlin, president of the Walmart Foundation and senior vice president of Walmart Sustainability. “Through the grants, we know the winning organizations and their partners will continue making great strides in the fight against hunger in their communities. By continuing our work together we hope to bring about a day when no family has to wonder where their next meal will come from.”

The Fight Hunger. Spark Change. Campaign launched during a critical time when our nation’s food banks are faced with historically high rates of food insecurity. Feeding America recently released its Hunger in America 2014 report showing that in a single year one in seven Americans, including 12 million children, turn to the Feeding America network of food banks for food assistance. To help Feeding America meet this need, Walmart teamed up with six of the nation’s largest food companies for the campaign – General Mills, Unilever, Hormel, ConAgra Foods, PepsiCo/Quaker and Kellogg Company – to distribute $3.7 million, the monetary equivalent  of more than 37 million meals,[i] to Feeding America food banks and local agencies throughout the United States.

“We are proud to stand together with Walmart and their partners to help fight hunger across the country,” said Bob Aiken, CEO of Feeding America, the nation’s largest hunger-relief organization. “With 49 million of our neighbors and friends struggling with hunger, we know it’s going to take all of us working together to make sure that everyone has enough food for their families.”

As the nation’s largest grocer, Walmart is in a unique leadership position to impact the issue of hunger in the United States, and joining with suppliers, government agencies and nongovernmental organizations will only help magnify its efforts. Fight Hunger. Spark Change. is just one part of Walmart’s fight to end hunger. Walmart recently announced further food goals in the areas of affordability, accessibility, healthier eating and safety and transparency, which included providing four billion meals to those in need in the United States over the next five years. To learn more about Walmart’s work to fight hunger, visit foundation.walmart.com.

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About Philanthropy at Walmart
Walmart and the Walmart Foundation are committed to helping people live better through philanthropic efforts that draw on the strengths of Walmart in the arenas of sustainability, economic opportunity, and community. As part of our commitment to creating a more sustainable food system worldwide, Walmart and the Walmart Foundation are leading the fight against hunger in the United States. They recently exceeded a $2 billion goal to fight hunger one year ahead of schedule and have donated more than 1.5 billion pounds of food to those in need across the country. To learn more about Walmart’s giving, visit www.foundation.walmart.com.

¹In January 2014, Walmart donated the monetary equivalent of 33 million meals ($3.3 million) to Feeding America. In September 2014, the six participating food companies (General Mills, Unilever, Hormel, ConAgra Foods, PepsiCo/Quaker and Kellogg Company) have collectively pledged to donate the monetary equivalent of 4.26 million meals ($426,000). $1 helps provide 10 meals secured by Feeding America on behalf of local member food banks.