Walmart Giving in Last Fiscal Year Exceeds $1 Billion for the First Time
In Pennsylvania Walmart Provided $19.7 Million to Charitable Organizations
During Last Fiscal Year
[Philadelphia, PA][April 23, 2013] – Walmart and the Walmart Foundation announced that over the last fiscal year they gave more than $1 billion in cash and in-kind contributions, making it the first time Walmart or any U.S. retailer has achieved that level of giving. The growth in global giving was largely due to increased in-kind donations in the U.S. to local food banks and families impacted by disasters. In Pennsylvania, Walmart gave more than $19.7 million, supporting nonprofits like Philabundance, the Urban League of Philadelphia, Cradles to Crayons, Philadelphia Freedom Valley YMCA, Dress for Success and the Philly Police Athletic League,
“At Walmart we seek to take care of our neighbors and our communities in the Philadelphia-area,” said Philip Serghini, Director of Community Affairs, Walmart Stores. “We do that by using the strengths of our business to address issues that matter most nationwide and locally, including areas like healthy living, job training, and hunger relief.”
In 2010, Walmart announced a historic $2 billion commitment of cash and in-kind gifts to hunger relief organizations in the U.S. through 2015. In Pennsylvania, Walmart donated 8.8 million pounds of food to local food banks—nearly 7.35 million meals in the last fiscal year, contributing to the 351 million meals contributed to local food banks across America. The retailer and its Foundation has partnered with Philabundance in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania to support its Grocers Against Hunger program with direct and in-kin d donations.
“Walmart has been a longtime partner in the fight against hunger and continually helps Philabundance fulfill our mission in many different ways,” said Bill Clark, president and executive director of Philabundance. “Since 2010, Walmart stores across the Delaware Valley have donated more than 1.25 million pounds of food to Philabundance through the Grocers Against Hunger program, which enables local grocers to donate nutritious, perishable food that would otherwise be discarded. That is more than 1.25 million meals that our neighbors would have otherwise gone without. We couldn’t be more grateful to Walmart for everything they do in the fight against hunger!”
Overall, Walmart and the Walmart Foundation’s total global contributions of $1.08 billion in the last fiscal year include:
- U.S. giving of $1 billion in cash and in-kind gifts, up from $872.7 million last year
- More than 351 million meals to local food banks through Feeding America
- $1.9 million in grants to Share Our Strength to provide 122,000 families the skills and resources needed to prepare healthy, affordable meals
- Our stores and clubs gave $4.9 million toward first responders, including nearly $3 million toward local law enforcement
- $106.4 million in cash and in-kind gifts given by Sam’s Club and the Sam’s Club Giving Program
- Helped 3,600 small-business owners get the training they need to succeed
- Provided grants to nonprofit partners that enabled 265 small-business loans
- International giving of $82.2 million in cash and in-kind gifts
In addition to the more than $1 billion from Walmart and the Walmart Foundation, Walmart and Sam’s Club customers and associates around the world raised $156.3 million for local organizations such as the Salvation Army and Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals. During the 2012 holiday season alone, our associates and customers in the U.S. raised nearly $45 million during the Red Kettle campaign to benefit local chapters of the Salvation Army, accounting for more than 30 percent of the organization’s Red Kettle fundraising. Our associates and customers also made a difference for nearly 17 million kids across the nation by raising more than $51 million for local Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals last fiscal year.
Walmart’s local partners had the following to say:
“The Y is proud of our partnership with the Walmart Foundation. Together, we were able to provide hundreds of youth in our communities access to free, healthy meals during the summer months,” said John F. Flynn, President & CEO, Philadelphia Freedom Valley YMCA. “At the Y, we encourage children to stay active while having fun throughout the summer and proper nutrition is required for them to learn, grow and thrive. Our partnership with Walmart allowed more youth to enjoy nutritious snacks and grow stronger and healthier this past year.”
“At The Urban League of Philadelphia, we strive to provide individuals with the tools they need to re-enter the workforce through education and personal coaching,” said Patricia Coulter, President & CEO of the Urban League of Philadelphia. “This requires trained staff and up-to-date technology. Walmart’s sustained commitment of support to the ULP empowers hundreds of job seekers every year to find jobs that pay a living wage – often at Walmart stores. We at the Urban League are inspired by our Walmart partnership.”
For a state-by-state breakdown of giving, or more information about the Walmart Foundation, visit http://foundation.walmart.com.
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 and Nutrition, 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 million meals to those in need across the country. To learn more about Walmart’s giving, visit foundation.walmart.com.