Walmart Foundation supports military families affected by the 2017 hurricanes with $500,000 donation to Operation Homefront

The funding will meet critical needs for up to 1,000 military family members affected by the 2017 Hurricane Season

SAN ANTONIO, 2017-Oct-18 — /EPR Retail News/ — The Walmart Foundation is committing $500,000 to Operation Homefront’s Critical Financial Assistance program to help meet the unique and urgent needs of military families affected by the 2017 hurricane season.

The funding will support the financial needs of up to 1,000 requests from military family members struggling to make ends meet in the areas impacted by disaster, including hotel costs for those displaced from their homes, car repairs, utility bills, housing costs and groceries. In addition, the funding will help make up the difference in lost wages for members in the Reserve and National Guard who are called for active duty and must take leave of absence from jobs due to hurricane relief and rescue efforts.

“This year’s hurricane season has been particularly devastating. While hurricanes impact many of us, they can have a double impact on men and women in uniform, who serve a vital role in activating to support local communities affected by disaster, while also feeling the impact on their own families and homes,” said Julie Gehrki, vice president, programs for Walmart. “As a company committed to disaster relief, and a long-term partner of Operation Homefront, we share a commitment to build strong, stable and secure military families and are fully dedicated to assisting these families as they face financial hardships due to this year’s devastating hurricanes.”

The funding builds upon Walmart and the Walmart Foundation’s previously announced commitments totaling $35 million to support 2017 hurricane assistance in response to Hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria.

The Critical Financial Assistance program addresses financial crises for families of deployed and injured service members and is managed by Operation Homefront professional case workers who validate financial needs, offer assistance in the form of grants rather than loans and pay funds directly to service providers. The Walmart Foundation funding will support eligible participants, focusing on junior- and mid-grade enlisted service members (E1-E6) and all post-9/11 wounded, ill or injured service members with medical documentation on injury and discharged with honorable service within the past seven years. In addition, activated National Guard and Reserve members are considered active duty and are also eligible for the Critical Financial Assistance program.

“Walmart and the Walmart Foundation have been incredible partners for more than a decade,” said Brig Gen (ret) John I. Pray, Jr., president and CEO of Operation Homefront. “We are very grateful for their continuing commitment to helping us help our military families as well as their new support for our Critical Financial Assistance program. Since 2011, this vital program has fulfilled over 35,000 requests from veteran and military families, and the Walmart Foundation’s enthusiastic support will allow us to serve more military families, particularly those impacted by this year’s devastating hurricanes with the goal of helping them thrive in the communities they have worked so hard to protect.”

Walmart and the Walmart Foundation have a 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. Aside from the $35 million committed in response to this year’s hurricanes, Walmart and the Walmart Foundation have donated more than $60 million in cash and in-kind donations in response to disaster events since 2005.

In addition, Walmart and the Walmart Foundation have long supported military members, veterans and their families. As a long-term partner of Operation Homefront, Walmart and the Walmart Foundation have helped tens of thousands of military and veteran families through cumulative contributions of $6 million since 2006. Moreover, through its Military Family Promise, Walmart guarantees a job at a nearby store or club for all military personnel and military spouses employed by the company who move to a different part of the country because they or their spouse have been transferred by the U.S. military. Walmart also recently announced major changes to its military leave of absence policy, offering differential pay to associates for any military assignment, including voluntary service like basic training, allowing associates who are considering enlisting in the armed forces to do so without fear of losing wages.

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.er 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 2.3 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.

About Operation Homefront
Founded in 2002, Operation Homefront is a national nonprofit organization whose mission is to build strong, stable, and secure military families so that they can thrive – not simply struggle to get by – in the communities they have worked so hard to protect. Recognized for superior performance by leading independent charity oversight groups, 92 percent of Operation Homefront expenditures go directly to programs that support tens of thousands of military families each year. Operation Homefront provides critical financial assistance, transitional and permanent housing and family support services to prevent short-term needs from turning into chronic, long-term struggles. Thanks to the generosity of our donors and the support from thousands of volunteers, Operation Homefront proudly serves America’s military families. For more information, visit OperationHomefront.org.

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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 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

Walmart and the Walmart Foundation commit to $1.5 million in donations to support organizations in their relief efforts across Louisiana

Walmart and the Walmart Foundation commit to $1.5 million in donations to support organizations in their relief efforts across Louisiana
Walmart and the Walmart Foundation commit to $1.5 million in donations to support organizations in their relief efforts across Louisiana

 

BENTONVILLE, Ark., 2016-Aug-24 — /EPR Retail News/ — Today (August 19, 2016 ), Walmart Foundation President Kathleen McLaughlin announced via Twitter that Walmart and the Walmart Foundation are committing an additional $1 million to Team Rubicon, Convoy of Hope, Greater Baton Rouge Food Bank and other organizations making a difference on the ground in Baton Rouge and across the state of Louisiana.

Earlier this week Walmart and the Walmart Foundation made a $500,000 commitment to provide support through cash and in-kind donation to organizations helping with flood relief efforts. The total commitment of $1.5 million will be used to provide additional food, water, cleaning supplies and other essential items to those in critical need. Funds will also be used towards longer term recovery efforts.

“Our hearts go out to everyone affected by this disaster,” said Kathleen McLaughlin, President of the Walmart Foundation. “We have been working closely with non-profit partners, first responders, elected officials and governmental organizations to learn how we can use our strengths to help. We will continue to be there for our friends, family, fellow associates, customers and neighbors in Louisiana.”

Walmart has a long history of providing aid in times of disaster in Louisiana, working hand in hand with the people of the Gulf Region during and after Hurricane Katrina. Walmart continues to help communities prepare and recover by donating emergency supplies, such as food and water, home and personal products, and by creating ways for associates and community members to locate and help one another. 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: Call 1-800-WALMART (925-6278)

Source: Walmart

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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 announces $15.5 million in grants to support free meal and nutrition education programs this summer and throughout the school year

$15.5 million in grants to seven national nonprofits support meal and nutrition programs this summer and year-round in over 7,700 U.S. communities

BENTONVILLE, Ark., 2015-6-23 — /EPR Retail News/ — Today, the Walmart Foundation announces $15.5 million in grants to seven national nonprofits to support free meal and nutrition education programs this summer and throughout the school year. The programs in more than 7,700 communities across the country will help over one million low-income children and their families gain access to critical meals and teach them how to cook and eat healthy together. The nonprofits receiving funding from the Walmart Foundation include: National Council of Young Men’s Christian Association (Y-USA), National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA), Baylor University’s Texas Hunger Initiative, National 4-H Council, National League of Cities, FoodCorpsand Common Threads.

These grants come at a challenging time for the millions of children who are out of school and without access to school meals and daily routines. Many children who benefit from eating free and reduced priced school meals do not participate in summer meal programs. Although this gap is slowly closing, only one in six low-income children who relied on school lunch during the school year participated in a summer nutrition program last year, according to a new report issued by the Food Research and Action Center (FRAC). This leaves many children vulnerable to hunger and poor nutrition during the summertime and poses a risk to future health.

“While many children look forward to the summer months as a time to relax, it can be a difficult time for families who rely on meals at school,” said Karrie Denniston, director of hunger relief and nutrition at the Walmart Foundation. “As in years past, this summer we continue our work with longstanding nonprofit partners to help more kids access meals and learn to develop nutritious eating habits so they can live healthy lives.”

The grants from the Walmart Foundation will serve families through the following programs:

Nonprofit Grant Amount Grant Overview
National Council of Young Men’s Christian Associations (Y-USA) $5.3 million Enable the expansion of year-long food programs to provide healthy meals, snacks and enriching activities that support the holistic development of 200,000 kids in more than 2,300 communities across the United States.
National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA) $2.3 million Provide more than 15 million meals to underserved youth, and provide nutrition education to more than 257,000 children and families in 80 communities across the United States.
Baylor University’s Texas Hunger Initiative $2.2 million Increase child participation in summer and afterschool meal programs in 12 regions across Texas.
National 4-H Council $2 million Provide nutrition education in 24 states for underserved youths, with a focus on expanding programs for African Americans and Hispanic audiences.
National League of Cities $1.5 million Implement year-round feeding programs, with the support of the Food Research and Action Center, to provide 2.4 million meals to low-income children.
FoodCorps $1.2 million Provide training and resources needed to help children access nutrition education in 500 schools in 16 states, and Washington D.C. Programs leverage the USDA My Plate curriculum to teach kids about healthy food, build/tend to school gardens and bring locally sourced food from farms into school cafeterias.
Common Threads $1 million Expand hands-on cooking and nutrition education curriculum in six cities to teach children and their families in underserved communities the skills needed to get America’s kids cooking for life. This grant will also be used to develop a digital platform for students to reinforce lessons through games and collaborative projects.

As the nation’s largest grocer, Walmart is uniquely positioned to lead on the issue of fighting hunger and helping provide access to nutrition education. As part of a commitment to creating a more sustainable food system, Walmart has set goals to provide four billion meals to those in need in the U.S. and help four million people access nutrition education through 2020. Through the commitment, Walmart is also dedicated to improving the affordability of food by lowering the “true cost” of food for both customers and the environment, and improving the safety and transparency of the food chain.

To learn more about Walmart’s commitments to fight hunger and provide nutrition education, visit foundation.walmart.com.

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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Treacy Reynolds
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Walmart and Walmart Foundation announced initial investment of $16 million to seven national nonprofit organizations at the National Opportunity Summit

Grants serve as first investment by the company and its foundation as part of larger $100 million commitment to create economic mobility for the U.S. retail workforce

WASHINGTON, D.C., 2015-2-27 — /EPR Retail News/ — Today, at the National Opportunity Summit in Washington, D.C., Walmart and the Walmart Foundation will announce an initial investment of $16 million to seven national nonprofit organizations, as part of a new Opportunity initiative, a $100 million commitment to help increase the economic mobility of entry level workers in retail and adjacent sectors. This significant investment aims to address some fundamental challenges to advancement, including the skills gap among U.S. workers. The $100 million commitment was first announced last week by Walmart President and CEO Doug McMillon, in conjunction with the roll out of new opportunities and enhanced benefits for Walmart associates.

“We are delighted that Walmart is among the growing group of employers investing in education and employment opportunities for workers across the country,” said Russell Krumnow, managing director of Opportunity Nation. “The National Opportunity Summit is an event where leaders from all sectors can come together around shared ideas to restore opportunity in America, and commit to action that will transform our businesses, communities and our country.”

The skills gap among workers is a pressing issue facing the United States today. According to the Bridge the Gap reportpublished by Harvard Business School, 51 percent of retailers find it difficult to fill middle- skills roles.

“We have been working in the dark for too long as we try to address the skills gap among U.S. workers. Now is the time for corporations, educators, and policymakers to come together to identify critical middle-skills jobs, and pinpoint the specific qualifications needed to keep America competitive,” said Matthew Sigelman, CEO of Burning Glass Technologies. “Through its commitment, Walmart and the Walmart Foundation are already leading the way and working with strategic partners to further develop skills training and job placement programs, and create clear career pathways to help workers find a lifetime of success.”

With an initial investment of $16 million in grants, Walmart and the Walmart Foundation will help more than 12,000 retail and related sector workers gain the knowledge and training they need to advance in their careers through programs offered by the following nonprofit organizations: Achieving the Dream, The ACT Foundation, Dress for Success, Goodwill Industries, Jobs for the Future, McKinsey Social Initiative and the National Able Network. The programs will provide skills training, job placement support and develop interactive maps to showcase career paths within retail and adjacent sectors.

“We are excited to partner with other foundations, employers, training providers, government bodies and nonprofit organizations to improve career pathways for people in retail and adjacent sectors,” said Kathleen McLaughlin, president of the Walmart Foundation, senior vice president of Corporate Affairs. “We believe progress requires collective action in the industry to align on the skills required for advancement and to develop more innovative, effective, and universally-used training and assessments that recognize on-the-job learning. Ultimately, we aim to increase economic mobility of the U.S. retail workforce as a whole.”

The grants from Walmart and the Walmart Foundation will support the following programs:

Partner Grant Amount Program
Achieving the Dream $1 million Build the capacity of four community colleges to place students in training and secure middle-skills jobs in the retail sector, creating a framework that can be replicated at other colleges (914 students served by the grant)
The ACT Foundation $2.265 million Develop a retail sector-wide competency model and interactive career maps to showcase the career paths of existing jobs in retail, logistics and customer service
Dress for Success $2.58 million Provide 5,400 disadvantaged women from more than 30 states with pre-employment training that will help them obtain jobs and advance in their careers
Goodwill Industries $3 million Build the capacity of eight Goodwill affiliates to provide training and career pathways to advance people from entry level to middle-skills jobs in retail, logistics and customer service (1,500 individuals served by grant)
Jobs for the Future $3 million Grow the capacity of 10 organizations to provide training needed for entry level workers to access jobs in the transportation, distribution and logistics sectors (3,000 individuals served by grant)
McKinsey Social Initiative $3.2 million Develop an innovative retail training and job placement model, and pilot with 650 low-income youths
National Able Network $1 million Build the capacity of 18 centers to train and provide job placement assistance for 1,000 individuals working in retail, logistics and manufacturing

Walmart and the Walmart Foundation’s $100 million commitment over five years will create the career maps, training approaches and alignment among employers and training providers that will help many of the 15 million people working in retail today, including seven million women. In developing these tools and practices, the Walmart Foundation will support programs that directly help 50,000 people, including 30,000 workers move from entry level to middle-skills jobs. The commitment is part of the Walmart Foundation’s focus on creating economic opportunities for individuals globally. The Foundation is also committed to helping people live better through philanthropic efforts in the areas of sustainability and community.

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.

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Walmart and Walmart Foundation announced initial investment of $16 million to seven national nonprofit organizations at the National Opportunity Summit

Walmart and Walmart Foundation announced initial investment of $16 million to seven national nonprofit organizations at the National Opportunity Summit

Walmart Foundation launches nationwide campaign calling on the public to get involved in the fight against hunger

Teaming up with Celebrity Chef G. Garvin and Six of the Nation’s Largest Food Companies, the Campaign will Provide $3.7 Million in Donations to Feeding America Food Banks Across the United States

BENTONVILLE, Ark., 2014-9-16— /EPR Retail News/ — Today (Sept.15, 2014), the Walmart Foundation launches Fight Hunger. Spark Change., a nationwide campaign calling on the public to get involved in the fight against hunger. The campaign will provide $3.7 million in grants to participating Feeding America food banks and local partner agencies that provide hunger relief to millions of people in need of food assistance. As part of the initiative, Walmart is teaming up with acclaimed chef, cookbook author and TV host, G. Garvin, and calling on the public to support their local food banks by voting online at www.walmart.com/fighthunger.

The initiative launches during a critical time in our nation when food banks are facing a growing need for donations due to 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 food bank network for food assistance. To help Feeding America meet this need, Walmart is teaming up with six of the nation’s largest food companies – including General Mills, Unilever, Hormel, ConAgra Foods, PepsiCo/Quaker and Kellogg Company – to support food banks and local partner agencies across the country.

“Hunger remains a serious issue in our country as millions of Americans don’t know where their next meal will come from. By engaging our associates, customers and suppliers in the fight against hunger, we can make a positive impact on this issue and ensure families have access to the healthier and nutritious food they need,” said Kathleen McLaughlin, president of the Walmart Foundation and senior vice president of Walmart Sustainability. “Through this initiative, we’re giving everyone in America the opportunity to make a difference by simply voting online for their local food bank.”

From September 15 through October 5, customers can visit www.walmart.com/fighthunger to cast one vote per day that will help direct grants to participating Feeding America food banks and local partner agencies across the country. The 50 winning food banks will each receive a $60,000 grant. The campaign also provides information on how customers can donate or volunteer to take a direct action in the fight against hunger in their local communities.

“One of my biggest passions as a chef is showing people how simple it can be to make healthy and delicious meals for their families,” said Chef Garvin. “Walmart’s Fight Hunger. Spark Change. campaign is making it simple and fun for the public to get involved and will help ensure all families have access to the healthy and nutritious food they need. I could not be more proud to support a cause that matters so much to so many.”

Through the initiative, the monetary equivalent of more than 37 million meals¹ will be donated to Feeding America food banks and local agencies throughout the United States.

“At Feeding America, we believe no one in America should have to worry about where their next meal is coming from so we are proud to continue our partnership with Walmart to help make this vision a reality,” said Bob Aiken, CEO of Feeding America, the nation’s largest hunger-relief organization. “Through this initiative, Walmart, along with its associates, customers and suppliers will make a lasting impact in helping to reduce hunger in America.”

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 customers, suppliers, government agencies and nongovernmental organizations will only help magnify its efforts.

The Fight Hunger. Spark Change. campaign is just one step towards Walmart’s larger commitment to provide meals to those in need, and give more people access to nutrition education. As part of that commitment, Walmart is also working to ensure the food donated is fresh and a healthy alternative.

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

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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 commitment 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.

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