FLINT — Walmart and the Walmart Foundation announced that over the last fiscal year they gave more than $25 million in cash and in-kind contributions to charitable organizations throughout Michigan. Globally, the company and its Foundation donated more than $1.3 billion to non-profit groups, surpassing the previous year’s total by more than $244 million.
“Walmart and the Walmart Foundation are committed to giving back to the communities in which we work and serve,” said Michael Collischan, regional general manager, Walmart. “In addition to the thousands of community service hours our associates perform and the in-kind donations that are spread throughout the communities we serve, the State Giving grants allow us to aid nonprofit organizations as they fulfill their mission and provide support to Michigan communities.”
Additionally, since announcing the historic Fighting Hunger Together commitment in 2010 to donate 1.1 billion pounds of food and $250 million in cash by 2015, Walmart and Sam’s Club facilities have surpassed both goals one year earlier than projected. As of January 2014, Walmart and the Walmart Foundation have donated 1.58 billion pounds of food, the equivalent of approximately 1.32 billion meals, and have awarded $260 million in grants to hunger relief programs in the United States, exceeding their original commitment by four percent. Overall, Walmart has exceeded $2 billion of cash and in-kind commitments to fight hunger at the local, state and national levels.
In Michigan, Walmart donated 13,567,417 pounds of food to local food banks—nearly 12 million meals in the last fiscal year. The retailer and its Foundation have partnered with the Food Bank of Eastern Michigan Inc. to provide a $100,000 grant to the organization to ensure there are enough food trucks so that nobody in eastern Michigan goes hungry.
“The grant provided by Walmart is an important contribution to The Food Bank of Eastern Michigan,” said Food Bank of Eastern Michigan President, William E. Kerr. “The grant will help us purchase new food trucks, which will be a major contributor in helping the Food Bank feed the hungry.” — G.G.