NASHVILLE, TN: Walmart and the Walmart Foundation announced that over the last fiscal year they gave more than $33 million in cash and in-kind contributions to charitable organizations throughout Tennessee. 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.
“It’s our mission at Walmart to help people live better and open doors for those in need. “State Giving Grants allow us to embrace the local communities in which we serve and support local organizations in fulfilling their missions. In addition to grants, in-kind donations and service hours provided by our associates are all part of our commitment to supporting our communities,” said Walmart Regional General Manager Shana Bailey-DeSmit.
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 Tennessee, Walmart donated more than 17 million pounds of food to local food banks—nearly 15 million meals in the last fiscal year. The retailer and its Foundation have partnered with Morristown Hamblen Central Services in the state of Tennessee to provide $27,000 to the A Pickin’ and Gleanin’ Project, which recovers wasted or unpicked food from farmers, restaurants and grocery stores. Food that is picked and gleaned is used for emergency food pantries throughout Tennessee.
“We are so thankful to Walmart for the grant opportunities that are being provided by the State Giving Grants. “Non-profit organizations struggle to meet the needs of clients in an economy with so many people needing assistance. This grant helped us expand existing programs and even create new and inventive programs to break the cycle of poverty that often engulfs our clients. The programs funded by Walmart’s State Giving Grants have been a tremendous asset,” said Executive Director Barbara Simmons.
Tennessee Giving Highlights
- Total Walmart and Walmart Foundation contributions (cash and in-kind) – $33,165,062
- Total customer and associate giving – $2,739,585
- Total food donation – 17,566,497 pounds
- Meal equivalent – 14,638,748 meals
Tennessee nonprofits receiving grants from Walmart and the Walmart Foundation
- Boys & Girls Clubs in Tennessee
- Charities of West Tennessee, Inc.
- Feed America First of Tennessee
- Manna Café Ministries
- Morristown Hamblen Central Services
- Regional Inner-Faith Association, Inc.
- Tennessee Kidney Foundation, Inc.
- YMCA of Nashville and Middle Tennessee
For more information about the Walmart Foundation, visit http://foundation.walmart.com.