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Walmart Commits $2 Billion to Help End Hunger in the U.S.

Philadelphia Area Families Among Those to Benefit from Walmart’s Multi-Year Commitment of More than 1 Billion Meals in Response to Growing Hunger Need

Philadelphia, Pa., May 12, 2010 – Walmart and the Walmart Foundation announced a $2 billion cash and in-kind commitment today, stepping up efforts to help end hunger in America. Walmart has committed to donate over 20 million pounds of food to Pennsylvania’s food banks by 2015. Last year, the company donated over 358,600 pounds of food to Philabundance, the Delaware Valley’s largest hunger relief organization.

The new five-year initiative, “Fighting Hunger Together,” includes four key components:

• Donating more than 1.1 billion pounds of food from Walmart stores, distribution centers and Sam’s Club locations, valued at $1.75 billion. Benefiting food banks in the Philadelphia area include Philabundance

• Grants totaling $250 million to support hunger relief organizations at the national, state and local levels;

• Mobilizing Walmart associates and customers. For example, Walmart’s logistics team will lend their expertise to help food banks become more efficient in their operations; and

• Collaboration with government, food manufacturers and other corporations that are fighting hunger to increase impact and reach a greater number of families in need.

According to a November 2009 United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) report, hunger rates in the U.S. are the highest since 1995 with nearly 15 percent of households lacking access to an adequate supply of nutritious food. Walmart expects its cash and in-kind gifts of fresh produce, meat, dairy and other foods to provide more than 1 billion meals to these needy families.

“Increasingly, we see opportunities to use our scale and reach to solve challenges in our communities. This is one of those times,” said Eduardo Castro-Wright, Walmart’s vice chairman. “By working together, we believe we can reach a day where no individual in this country has to go to bed hungry or worry if there will be food to put on the table tomorrow.”

Castro-Wright announced the company’s plans on Capitol Hill today, joined by USDA Undersecretary for Food, Nutrition, and Consumer Services Kevin Concannon; Senate Hunger Caucus Co-Chairwoman Sen. Blanche Lincoln, D-Ark.; House Hunger Caucus Co-Chairmen Rep. Jim McGovern, D-Mass.; Rep. Jo Ann Emerson, R-Mo.; Rep. John Boozman, R-Ark.; and Terry Shannon, president and CEO of St. Mary’s Food Bank Alliance in Phoenix – the first food bank in the U.S.

“As the number of those in need of food assistance across the Delaware Valley rises, we are grateful for Walmart’s tremendous support of Philabundance,” said Bill Clark, president and executive director, Philabundance. “Its food donations have allowed us to provide nutritious food options, such as meat and produce, to hungry individuals across our region, and this expanded partnership will allow us to continue our work towards ensuring that no man, woman or child goes to bed hungry.”

Today, the Walmart Foundation announced the first grants as part of this commitment:

• Donations totaling $8 million will help U.S. food banks improve capacity. This includes $6 million to purchase 60 refrigerated trucks for Feeding America food banks. Added to the 69 previously donated by Walmart, the trucks will help ensure that each food bank can safely transport donations from Walmart stores and other grocers.
• Donations totaling $10 million will help ensure that children across the U.S. are fed healthy meals during the school year and summer months. For example, $2 million will support the National Parks and Recreation Association’s summer feeding program and provide 2 million meals for U.S. children.

These and other efforts are designed to help improve the efficiency of the U.S. food bank system, make nutritious food more accessible and provide long-term solutions to eradicating hunger.

Walmart will help each of its 1.4 million U.S. associates and the 140 million customers who shop its stores every week find opportunities to support food banks, senior meal delivery programs and other hunger relief organizations in their communities. More details on how customers can get involved will be announced this summer.

Last year, when high levels of unemployment placed greater demands on U.S. food banks, Walmart doubled its food donations, providing 81 million more pounds of food than the prior year. The company’s contributions made up 45 percent of donations from retailers to Feeding America food banks. The company also helped to feed more than 93,000 children in 2009 through a donation to the Boys and Girls Club of America’s summer feeding program.

For more information, including a state-by-state list of Walmart’s planned food donations over the next five years or to find local volunteer opportunities, visit www.walmartgiving.com.

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For more information on Walmart in Philadelphia visit www.walmartphiladelphia.com.

About Philanthropy at Walmart
Walmart and the Walmart Foundation are proud to support the charitable causes that are important to customers and associates in their own neighborhoods. The Walmart Foundation funds initiatives focused on education, workforce development, economic opportunity, environmental sustainability, and health and wellness. From Feb. 1, 2009 through Jan. 31, 2010, Walmart and the Walmart Foundation gave more than $512 million in cash and in-kind gifts globally, $467 million of which was donated in the U.S. To learn more, visit www.walmartfoundation.org.

*Editor’s Note: According to the USDA, 1.28 pounds of food is equivalent to one meal. Walmart and the Walmart Foundation expect cash and in-kind donations to help U.S. food banks deliver 1.4 billion pounds of food to food banks by the end of 2015 – the equivalent of more than 1 billion meals.

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