Walmart, Walmart Foundation gifts to local charities surpass $9.5 million in 2018

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Walmart and the Walmart Foundation gave more than $9.5 million in cash and in-kind contributions to nonprofit organizations in Northwest Arkansas this year.

The amount is part of the $83.7 million donated to nonprofits statewide. Walmart is uniquely positioned to support organizations that create opportunities so people can live better, according to the organizations. The donations support Northwest Arkansas programs focused on hunger relief, healthy eating, workforce development and disaster preparedness.

Specifically, Walmart and the Walmart Foundation are dedicated to the fight against hunger and are determined to help families who need ready access to nutritious food. In Northwest Arkansas, Walmart said its contributions include 5.38 million pounds of food to local food banks and hunger relief organizations.

Walmart employees also performed 4,800 hours of volunteer service in Northwest Arkansas this year, which also provide a cash donation to the organization receiving the service.

“We have a long history of supporting our local communities and we are committed to keeping it going,” said Amy Corso, Walmart vice president and regional general manager. “At Walmart, we continue to fight hunger with the partnership of local food banks in Arkansas, and our stores are dedicated to giving back to their local communities.”

The Walmart Foundation supports organizations by awarding grants that have a long-lasting, positive impact on communities across the U.S. In addition, Walmart U.S. stores, clubs and distribution centers award cash grants to support local nonprofits. The Walmart Foundation also provides funds for equipment, trucks and logistical expertise to support nonprofit organizations extend their reach and impact and help those in need.