Walmart giving exceeds $24M in La.
NEW ORLEANS — Walmart and the Walmart Foundation announced that over the last fiscal year they gave more than $24 million in cash and in-kind contributions to charitable organizations throughout Louisiana, the company announced in a news release.
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, the news release stated.
“We are grateful for the Walmart Foundation’s financial support which has allowed us to expand our Hot and Healthy Lunch Program at the Alliance House Drop In Center,” said Melissa Silva, executive director of the Mental Health Association for Greater Baton Rouge.
Additionally, since announcing the 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, Walmart and the Walmart Foundation have donated 1.58 billion pounds of food, the equivalent of about 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 Louisiana, Walmart donated nearly 13 million pounds of food to local food banks — nearly 11 million meals in the last fiscal year. The retailer and its foundation have partnered with Greater Baton Rouge Food Bank in the state of Louisiana to provide underserved youth with nutritious meals.
“Walmart continues to be a great community partner that is dedicated to providing nutritional food options for children in need,” said Mike Manning, CEO of Greater Baton Rouge Food Bank. “Good nutrition and healthy meals are essential to the overall physical health and mental growth of children. We appreciate all Walmart is doing to help us grow the BackPack Program, allowing us to provide food to children in need in our 11 parish service area.”
Louisiana Giving Highlights
—Total Walmart and Walmart Foundation contributions (cash and in-kind) - $24,173,976.
—Total customer and associate giving - $1,650,158.
—Total food donation – 12,915,964 pounds.
—Meal equivalent – 10,763,303 meals.
Louisiana nonprofits receiving grants from Walmart and the Walmart Foundation include:
—Blessings in a Backpack Inc.
—Community Center of St. Bernard.
—Community Investors Inc.
—Food Bank of Northeast Louisiana Inc.
—Greater Baton Rouge Food Bank.
—Louisiana Center for Children’s Rights.
—Louisiana Food Bank Association.
—Second Harvest Food Bank of Greater New Orleans and Acadiana.
—Society of St. Vincent De Paul Archdiocesan Counsel of New Orleans.
—St. Landry Council on Aging.
—The Food Bank of Covington Louisiana Inc.
—The Salvation Army.