Hunger Relief & Healthy Eating
Since 2010, Walmart and the Walmart Foundation have donated over $6.8 million to Share Our Strength programs, like Cooking Matters.
Thanks to Cooking Matters, Stacy Hanno has learned to select nutritious, low-cost ingredients to cook healthy meals for her family.
We're fighting hunger together
Every day, across the country, people are struggling to put food on their tables. We know this is a big issue, and Walmart is uniquely positioned to make a big impact. By collaborating with nonprofit partners, communities, associates and customers, we're fighting hunger together.
Walmart’s commitment to fight hunger
In 2010, Walmart and the Walmart Foundation launched "Fighting Hunger Together" – a $2 billion cash and in-kind commitment through 2015 to help end hunger in America. This initiative leverages Walmart's size and resources to provide nutritious food and the Walmart Foundation's ability to grant funding to nonprofits that help elevate the issue.
Donations of cash, food, refrigerated trucks, mobile pantries and other resources are changing lives across America. In 2012, Walmart and the Walmart Foundation became the first partner of Feeding America to surpass 1 billion meals donated.
Through the end of 2015, we will:
1. Donate more than 1.1 billion pounds of food from Walmart stores, distribution centers and Sam's Club locations, valued at $1.75 billion
2. Award $250 million in grants to support hunger relief organizations at the local, state and national levels
3. Mobilize Walmart associates and customers to lend their help and expertise in the fight against hunger
4. Collaborate with government, food manufacturers, other foundations and corporations to better understand and fight the issue of hunger in America
Walmart and the Walmart Foundation are committed to making sure that no American will ever have to face a day wondering where his or her next meal will come from.
Breakfast in the Classroom
80% of students at Port Towns Elementary School in Prince George's County, Maryland live at or below the poverty line.
But with Walmart's help, every student begins their day with Breakfast in the Classroom -- giving them a good start to a full life.
Record-setting fight against hunger
Giving back to the community in a big way. It’s something that Walmart, Sam’s Club and Logistics associates are passionate about.
And their passion was on full display during Walmart’s annual 2012 Shareholders’ week in Fayetteville, Ark., as 555 associates from the U.S. and countries around the globe worked together to fight hunger and set the Guinness World Record for Most Hunger Relief Packages Assembled Simultaneously.
In less than 3 minutes, each associate packed one backpack with 15 easy-to-make, non-perishable food items. The 555 record-setting backpacks were only a fraction of the 3,000 total hunger relief packages assembled by associates that afternoon. The backpacks were donated to the Northwest Arkansas Food Bank in an effort to fight hunger for the more than 42,000 children that are eligible for free and reduced lunch at local schools.
Promoting nutrition and healthy eating habits
With a focus on increasing nutrition literacy and equipping people with food and cooking skills, the Walmart Foundation is providing access to nutrition education and healthy eating programs that improve the health of Americans.
In February 2012, Walmart and the Walmart Foundation announced grants totaling $9.5 million to give thousands of Americans access to nutrition education classes, cooking demonstrations and nutritional recipes—essential tools to living a healthier life. These grants are part of the more than $13 million the Walmart Foundation has awarded as part of Walmart's healthier food initiative – which includes a commitment to increase funding for nutrition programs.
Through organizations like Share Our Strength, the National 4-H Council and Action for Healthy Kids, we plan to reach nearly 300,000 people across the nation through this effort.