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Walmart Plans to Hire 100,000 Veterans Over Five Years

Walmart Stores Inc (WMT.N), the world’s largest retailer, said it plans to hire more than 100,000 veterans in the United States over the next five years, a move supported by First Lady Michelle Obama.

Most of the veterans will be placed in the company’s stores and clubs, and some will be employed in distribution centers, Walmart U.S. Chief Executive Bill Simon said in a speech to be to delivered on Tuesday at the National Retail Federation conference.

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Walmart Gives $70,000 to 14 Nonprofits Providing Warm Clothing on the 12th Day of “12 Days of Giving” Holiday Campaign

Walmart awards grants to organizations from Alabama, Arizona, California, Colorado, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Nevada, New Mexico, North Dakota, Vermont, Virginia and Washington

BENTONVILLE, Ark., Dec. 21, 2012 – On the 12th day of its “12 Days of Giving” holiday campaign, Walmart is awarding $70,000 to 14 nonprofits that provide warm clothing to those in need in their local communities. One of the winning organizations, Assistance League of Yuma, serves its community by using proceeds from their thrift store to provide clothing, shoes, hats and more to children in need. Operation School Bell allows the organization to bring groups of students from rural schools twice a year to get clothing.

Over twelve consecutive days, Walmart has awarded a total of $1.5 million to 140 organizations across the country that are providing basic needs and services such as food, shelter, clothing and medical care. Organizations receiving grants today are featured on Walmart’s Live Better tab on Facebook. The organizations serve communities in: Alabama, Arizona, California, Colorado, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Nevada, New Mexico, North Dakota, Vermont, Virginia and Washington.

“As temperatures drop, many people lack the resources to buy clothes to keep themselves and their families warm throughout the winter,” said Sylvia Mathews Burwell, president of the Walmart Foundation. “The local organizations selected today are meeting this need in their communities with donations of cold-weather essentials such as socks, coats and gloves.”

Walmart’s November call for submissions resulted in more than 21,677 nominations from Facebook users who submitted descriptions of each nonprofit’s impact in its local community. Submissions were initially reviewed by Walmart associates from across the company and then a panel from the Walmart Foundation selected the winning organizations.

The organizations being spotlighted today for “Providing Warmth to Our Neighbors” include:

Assistance League of Albuquerque
Albuquerque, NM $5,000

Big House Foundation
Opelika, AL $5,000

Carrie’s Kids
Bismarck, ND $5,000

Clothes for Kids
Lynnwood, WA $5,000

Dream Center Peoria
Peoria, IL $5,000

Erie Uplink
Erie, CO $5,000

Fair Haven Concerned
Fair Haven, VT $5,000

Goodie Two Shoes Foundation
Las Vegas, NV $5,000

Mohawk Valley School District 17 (The Assistance League of Yuma)
Roll, AZ $5,000

100 Good Women
Lawrence, KS $5,000

Operation Coal Christmas
Pound, VA $5,000

The Salvation Army of East Chicago
East Chicago, IN $5,000

Shoes That Fit
Claremont, CA $5,000

Southwestern Clothes Closet
Hanover, IN $5,000

About Philanthropy at Walmart
Walmart and the Walmart Foundation are committed to helping people live better through philanthropic efforts. By operating globally and giving back locally, Walmart is uniquely positioned to address the needs of the communities it serves and make a significant social impact within its core areas of giving: Hunger Relief and Nutrition, Sustainability, Workforce Opportunity and Women’s Economic Empowerment. Walmart and the Walmart Foundation are leading the fight against hunger in the United States with a $2 billion commitment through 2015. To date, Walmart has donated more than 1 billion pounds of food to those in need across the country. To learn more about Walmart’s giving, visit foundation.walmart.com.

 

Walmart Gives $150,000 to 15 Nonprofits Supporting Health on the 11th Day of “12 Days of Giving” Holiday Campaign

Walmart awards grants to organizations from Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Mississippi, New Hampshire, New York, Ohio, Oklahoma, Tennessee, Utah and Virginia

BENTONVILLE, Ark., Dec. 20, 2012 – On the 11th day of its “12 Days of Giving” holiday campaign, Walmart is awarding $150,000 to 15 nonprofits that are providing medical and emotional support to people in need in their local communities. One of the winning organizations, The Learning Center for Families, provides family support services to vulnerable pregnant women, infants and toddlers. The organization helps children with developmental delays and teaches low income families better parenting skills.

Over twelve consecutive days, Walmart will award a total of $1.5 million to 140 organizations across the country that are providing basic needs and services such as food, shelter, clothing and medical care. Organizations receiving grants today are featured on Walmart’s Live Better tab on Facebook. The organizations serve communities in: Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Mississippi, New Hampshire, New York, Ohio, Oklahoma, Tennessee, Utah and Virginia.

“Medical attention and emotional support can be difficult to obtain for those in need, yet both are essential to nurturing healthy futures year round and especially during the holiday season,” said Sylvia Mathews Burwell, president of the Walmart Foundation. “Today, we’re honored to support nonprofit organizations that are providing these basic services to people in their local communities.”

Walmart’s November call for submissions resulted in more than 21,677 nominations from Facebook users who submitted descriptions of each nonprofit’s impact in its local community. Submissions were initially reviewed by Walmart associates from across the company and then a panel from the Walmart Foundation selected the winning organizations.

The organizations being spotlighted today for “Shaping Healthier Futures” include:

Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation
Wynnewood, PA $10,000

Bethel Free Health Clinic
Biloxi, MS $10,000

Brent’s Place
Aurora, CO $10,000

Clinica Luz Del Mundo
Oakland Park, FL $10,000

Community Dental Care of Claremont
Claremont, NH $10,000

Fairy Godmother Project
Fredericksburg, VA $10,000

Health Ministry of the Southern Tier
Corning, NY $10,000

Good Shepherd Free Health Clinic of Muskogee
Muskogee, OK $10,000

McCreary Christian Center
Whitley City, KY $10,000

Moffitt Cancer Center
Tampa, FL $10,000

Special Kids
Murfreesboro, TN $10,000

The Free Clinic of Rome
Rome, GA $10,000

The Learning Center for Families
Saint George, UT $10,000

Toledo/Lucas County CareNet
Toledo, OH $10,000

Walter E. Boehm Birth Defects Center
Chattanooga, TN $10,000

About Philanthropy at Walmart
Walmart and the Walmart Foundation are committed to helping people live better through philanthropic efforts. By operating globally and giving back locally, Walmart is uniquely positioned to address the needs of the communities it serves and make a significant social impact within its core areas of giving: Hunger Relief and Nutrition, Sustainability, Workforce Opportunity and Women’s Economic Empowerment. Walmart and the Walmart Foundation are leading the fight against hunger in the United States with a $2 billion commitment through 2015. To date, Walmart has donated more than 1 billion pounds of food to those in need across the country. To learn more about Walmart’s giving, visit foundation.walmart.com.

 

Walmart Gives $100,000 to 10 Nonprofits Fighting Hunger on the 10th Day of “12 Days of Giving” Holiday Campaign

Walmart awards grants to organizations from Idaho, Maine, Massachusetts, New York, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island and Texas

BENTONVILLE, Ark., Dec. 19, 2012 – On the 10th day of its “12 Days of Giving” holiday campaign, Walmart is awarding $100,000 to 10 nonprofits who are feeding the hungry by cooking, growing, distributing, transporting, providing and serving food in their local communities. One of the winning organizations, Community Harvest Project, serves its community by bringing volunteers together to grow fresh fruits and vegetables for hunger relief.

Over twelve consecutive days, Walmart will award a total of $1.5 million to 140 organizations across the country that are providing basic needs and services such as food, shelter, clothing and medical care. Organizations receiving grants today are featured on Walmart’s Live Better tab on Facebook. The organizations serve communities in: Idaho, Maine, Massachusetts, New York, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island and Texas.

“One in six people in the U.S. at some point each year don’t know where their next meal will come from,” said Sylvia Mathews Burwell, president of the Walmart Foundation. “Fighting hunger is an issue that Walmart is committed to each day, but we know it takes a special significance during the holidays, and we’re happy to support these local organizations’ efforts to ensure people in their communities have proper food and nourishment.”

Walmart’s November call for submissions resulted in more than 21,677 nominations from Facebook users who submitted descriptions of each nonprofit’s impact in its local community. Submissions were initially reviewed by Walmart associates from across the company and then a panel from the Walmart Foundation selected the winning organizations.

The organizations being spotlighted today for “Fighting Hunger” include:

“Bread for the Journey” Food Pantry
Warren, ME $10,000

Community Harvest Project
North Grafton, MA $10,000

Gleaner’s Community Kitchen
Canandaigua, NY $10,000

Hays County Food Bank
San Marcos, TX $10,000

Jewish Relief Agency
Bala Cynwyd, PA $10,000

Katy Christian Ministries
Katy,TX $10,000

Life Line Food Bank
Orofino, ID $10,000

Lighthouse Community Food Pantry
Cumberland, RI $10,000

Loaves and Fishes
Enid, OK $10,000

Smith Chapel Food Pantry
Logan, OH $10,000

About Philanthropy at Walmart
Walmart and the Walmart Foundation are committed to helping people live better through philanthropic efforts. By operating globally and giving back locally, Walmart is uniquely positioned to address the needs of the communities it serves and make a significant social impact within its core areas of giving: Hunger Relief and Nutrition, Sustainability, Workforce Opportunity and Women’s Economic Empowerment. Walmart and the Walmart Foundation are leading the fight against hunger in the United States with a $2 billion commitment through 2015. To date, Walmart has donated more than 1 billion pounds of food to those in need across the country. To learn more about Walmart’s giving, visit foundation.walmart.com.

 

Walmart Gives $187,500 to 15 Nonprofits Providing Shelter on the Ninth Day of “12 Days of Giving” Holiday Campaign

Walmart awards grants to organizations from Alaska, California, Delaware, Indiana, Montana, North Carolina, Oregon, Rhode Island, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Washington and West Virginia

BENTONVILLE, Ark., Dec. 18, 2012 – On the ninth day of its “12 Days of Giving” holiday campaign, Walmart is awarding $187,500 to 15 nonprofits that provide shelter and support to men, women and children in need. One of the winning organizations, Families by Choice, serves its community with transitional shelters and a new program that provides lifetime living for mentally handicapped adults who have been abused or abandoned by their family and are not eligible for state programs.

Over twelve consecutive days, Walmart will award a total of $1.5 million to 140 organizations across the country that are providing basic needs and services such as food, shelter, clothing and medical care. Organizations receiving grants today are featured on Walmart’s Live Better tab on Facebook. The organizations serve communities in: Alaska, California, Delaware, Indiana, Montana, North Carolina, Oregon, Rhode Island, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Washington and West Virginia.

“For some, ‘home for holidays’ just isn’t possible. In fact, more than 600,000 people across the U.S. are currently homeless,” said Sylvia Mathews Burwell, president of the Walmart Foundation. “Walmart supports the essential work of local nonprofit organizations that provide shelter to men, women and children in need. We hope these grants will help give more people a safe, warm place to rest.”

Walmart’s November call for submissions resulted in more than 21,677 nominations from Facebook users who submitted descriptions of each nonprofit’s impact in its local community. Submissions were initially reviewed by Walmart associates from across the company and then a panel from the Walmart Foundation selected the winning organizations.

The organizations being spotlighted today for “Providing Shelter” include:

Children’s Inn
Sioux Falls, SD $12,500

Eli Home
Anaheim, CA $12,500

Eugene Mission
Eugene, OR $12,500

Families by Choice
Terre Haute, IN $12,500

Fentress County Children’s Center
Jamestown, TN $12,500

Hearts of the Sacred Spirit
Newark, DE $12,500

Oroville Rescue Mission
Oroville, CA $12,500

Portland Rescue Mission
Portland, OR $12,500

Pressley Ridge Grant Gardens
Ona, WV $12,500

Rhode Island Family Shelter
Warwick, RI $12,500

Rod’s House
Yakima, WA $12,500

San Antonio Children’s Shelter
San Antonio, TX $12,500

Tabitha Ministries
Summerfield, NC $12,500

Watson Children’s Shelter
Missoula, MT $12,500

Wellspring Revival Ministries
Fairbanks, AK $12,500

About Philanthropy at Walmart
Walmart and the Walmart Foundation are committed to helping people live better through philanthropic efforts. By operating globally and giving back locally, Walmart is uniquely positioned to address the needs of the communities it serves and make a significant social impact within its core areas of giving: Hunger Relief and Nutrition, Sustainability, Workforce Opportunity and Women’s Economic Empowerment. Walmart and the Walmart Foundation are leading the fight against hunger in the United States with a $2 billion commitment through 2015. To date, Walmart has donated more than 1 billion pounds of food to those in need across the country. To learn more about Walmart’s giving, visit foundation.walmart.com.

 

Walmart Gives $150,000 to 10 Nonprofits Helping Communities Recover from Disaster on the Eighth Day of “12 Days of Giving” Holiday Campaign

Walmart awards grants to organizations from Arkansas, California, Michigan, Missouri, New Jersey, New York, North Dakota and Virginia

BENTONVILLE, Ark., Dec. 17, 2012 – On the eighth day of its “12 Days of Giving” holiday campaign, Walmart is awarding $150,000 to 10 nonprofits that are helping individuals and families get back on their feet after natural disasters. One of the winning organizations, Island Harvest, is a food bank serving Long Island, one of the areas hardest hit by Hurricane Sandy. Following the storm, the organization immediately came to the rescue by visiting hard hit neighborhoods and delivering food and supplies.

Over twelve consecutive days, Walmart will award a total of $1.5 million to 140 organizations across the country that are providing basic needs and services such as food, shelter, clothing and medical care. Organizations receiving grants today are featured on Walmart’s Live Better tab on Facebook. The organizations serve communities in: Arkansas, California, Michigan, Missouri, New Jersey, New York, North Dakota and Virginia.

“While natural disasters capture headlines and national attention short-term, the work of recovery and rebuilding is long-term,” said Sylvia Mathews Burwell, president of the Walmart Foundation. “With these grants, we want to help brighten the holidays for those communities who are still working to rebuild.”

Walmart’s November call for submissions resulted in more than 21,677 nominations from Facebook users who submitted descriptions of each nonprofit’s impact in its local community. Submissions were initially reviewed by Walmart associates from across the company and then a panel from the Walmart Foundation selected the winning organizations.

The organizations being spotlighted today for “Helping Communities Rebuild” include:

Center for Food Action
Mahwah, NJ $15,000

Craftsmen for Christ
Yuba City, CA $15,000

Food Bank for New York City
New York, NY $15,000

Island Harvest
Mineola, NY $15,000

Mercy Chefs
Portsmouth, VA $15,000

NJ Salvation Army
Union, NJ $15,000

Operation BBQ Relief
Pleasant Hill, MO, $15,000

Ottawa County Red Cross
Holland, MI $15,000

Recovery Warehouse
Minot, ND $15,000

The Cobblestone Project Farm
Bentonville, AR $15,000

About Philanthropy at Walmart
Walmart and the Walmart Foundation are committed to helping people live better through philanthropic efforts. By operating globally and giving back locally, Walmart is uniquely positioned to address the needs of the communities it serves and make a significant social impact within its core areas of giving: Hunger Relief and Nutrition, Sustainability, Workforce Opportunity and Women’s Economic Empowerment. Walmart and the Walmart Foundation are leading the fight against hunger in the United States with a $2 billion commitment through 2015. To date, Walmart has donated more than 1 billion pounds of food to those in need across the country. To learn more about Walmart’s giving, visit foundation.walmart.com.

 

Walmart Gives $165,000 to 11 Nonprofits Providing Job Training and Support on the Seventh Day of “12 Days of Giving” Holiday Campaign

Walmart awards grants to organizations from California, Idaho, Iowa, Kentucky, Massachusetts, Nebraska, North Dakota, Pennsylvania, Tennessee and Washington

BENTONVILLE, Ark., Dec. 16, 2012 – On the seventh day of its “12 Days of Giving” holiday campaign, Walmart is awarding $165,000 to 11 nonprofits that are helping individuals gain the education, training and resources they need to build and maintain careers. One of the winning organizations, Dress for Success Des Moines, serves its community by providing disadvantaged women with professional attire, a network of support and the career development tools to help them thrive in work and in life. Since its opening in July 2011, the organization has provided suits for more than 200 women.

Over twelve consecutive days, Walmart will award a total of $1.5 million to 140 organizations across the country that are providing basic needs and services such as food, shelter, clothing and medical care. Organizations receiving grants today are featured on Walmart’s Live Better tab on Facebook. The organizations serve communities in: California, Idaho, Iowa, Kentucky, Massachusetts, Nebraska, North Dakota, Pennsylvania, Tennessee and Washington.

“Job training empowers people to realize their dreams and improve their lives,” said Sylvia Mathews Burwell, president of the Walmart Foundation. “By helping people develop practical skills for success, today’s organizations are having a lasting impact on individuals, families and communities.”

Walmart’s November call for submissions resulted in more than 21,677 nominations from Facebook users who submitted descriptions of each nonprofit’s impact in its local community. Submissions were initially reviewed by Walmart associates from across the company and then a panel from the Walmart Foundation selected the winning organizations.

The organizations being spotlighted today for “Fueling Lifelong Careers” include:

Boise Rescue Mission
Boise, ID $15,000

Community Action Agency of Siouxland
Sioux City, IA $15,000

Damascus Road Residential Center
Memphis, TN $15,000

Dress for Success Des Moines
Des Moines, IA $15,000

Heartland Workforce Solutions HWS
Omaha, NE $15,000

Jeremiah Program – Fargo/Moorhead
Fargo, ND $15,000

LIFT
Somerville, MA $15,000

Milagro House
Lancaster, PA $15,000

New Opportunity School for Women
Berea, KY $15,000

Transitions
Spokane, WA $15,000

Up & At It!
Sacramento, CA $15,000

About Philanthropy at Walmart
Walmart and the Walmart Foundation are committed to helping people live better through philanthropic efforts. By operating globally and giving back locally, Walmart is uniquely positioned to address the needs of the communities it serves and make a significant social impact within its core areas of giving: Hunger Relief and Nutrition, Sustainability, Workforce Opportunity and Women’s Economic Empowerment. Walmart and the Walmart Foundation are leading the fight against hunger in the United States with a $2 billion commitment through 2015. To date, Walmart has donated more than 1 billion pounds of food to those in need across the country. To learn more about Walmart’s giving, visit foundation.walmart.com.

 

Walmart Gives $110,000 to 11 Nonprofits Supporting Our Military and Veterans on the Sixth Day of “12 Days of Giving” Holiday Campaign

Walmart awards grants to organizations from District of Columbia, Delaware, California, New York, Florida, Oregon, Texas, Washington, Oklahoma, North Carolina and Vermont

BENTONVILLE, Ark., Dec. 15, 2012 – On the sixth day of its “12 Days of Giving” holiday campaign, Walmart is awarding $110,000 to 11 nonprofits that are making an extraordinary effort to support troops, military families and veterans in their local communities. One of the winning organizations, Operation Homefront Oklahoma/Arkansas, serves its community by providing food and financial assistance to military families and wounded warriors. The organization also works to prevent homelessness among young military families and combat veterans.

Over twelve consecutive days, Walmart will award a total of $1.5 million to 140 organizations across the country that are providing basic needs and services such as food, shelter, clothing and medical care. Organizations receiving grants today are featured on Walmart’s Live Better tab on Facebook. The organizations serve communities in: District of Columbia, Delaware, California, New York, Florida, Oregon, Texas, Washington, Oklahoma, North Carolina and Vermont.

“We owe an enormous debt of gratitude to those who serve or have served in our country’s military, as well as to the families of those individuals.” said Sylvia Mathews Burwell, president of the Walmart Foundation. “Whether protecting our freedoms in foreign fields or making contributions here at home, the value these men and women bring to the American workforce and our way of life is beyond measure. We are truly honored to provide grants this holiday season to local organizations that support our military and veterans.”

Walmart’s November call for submissions resulted in more than 21,677 nominations from Facebook users who submitted descriptions of each nonprofit’s impact in its local community. Submissions were initially reviewed by Walmart associates from across the company and then a panel from the Walmart Foundation selected the winning organizations.

The organizations being spotlighted today for “Supporting Our Military and Veterans” include:

A Soldier’s Smile
Miami, FL $10,000

Delaware Center for Homeless Veterans, Inc.
Wilmington, DE $10,000

Homefront America
San Juan Capistrano, CA $10,000

Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund
New York, NY $10,000

National Veterans Homeless Support, Inc.
Mims, FL $10,000

Operation Homefront Oregon
Portland, OR $10,000

Operation Homefront Texas
San Antonio, TX $10,000

Operation Homefront Washington
Seattle, WA $10,000

Operation Homefront Oklahoma/Arkansas
Lawton, OK $10,000

Purple Heart Homes
Statesville, NC $10,000

Soldiers’ Angels
Williston, VT $10,000

About Philanthropy at Walmart
Walmart and the Walmart Foundation are committed to helping people live better through philanthropic efforts. By operating globally and giving back locally, Walmart is uniquely positioned to address the needs of the communities it serves and make a significant social impact within its core areas of giving: Hunger Relief and Nutrition, Sustainability, Workforce Opportunity and Women’s Economic Empowerment. Walmart and the Walmart Foundation are leading the fight against hunger in the United States with a $2 billion commitment through 2015. To date, Walmart has donated more than 1 billion pounds of food to those in need across the country. To learn more about Walmart’s giving, visit foundation.walmart.com.

 

Walmart Gives $120,000 to 14 Nonprofits Supporting Children on the Fifth Day of “12 Days of Giving” Holiday Campaign

Walmart awards grants to organizations from Vermont, California, Texas, Indiana, Michigan, Illinois, Tennessee, Oklahoma, Minnesota, Georgia and Pennsylvania

BENTONVILLE, Ark., Dec. 14, 2012 – On the fifth day of its “12 Days of Giving” holiday campaign, Walmart is awarding $120,000 to 14 nonprofits that are creating a better future for children across the country. One of the winning organizations, Para Los Niños, serves its community by providing high-quality education integrated with family support, mental health services and community engagement opportunities to thousands of children living in at-risk neighborhoods in Los Angeles County.

Over twelve consecutive days, Walmart will award a total of $1.5 million to 140 organizations across the country that are providing basic needs and services such as food, shelter, clothing and medical care. Organizations receiving grants today are featured on Walmart’s Live Better tab on Facebook. The organizations serve communities in: Vermont, California, Texas, Indiana, Michigan, Illinois, Tennessee, Oklahoma, Minnesota, Georgia and Pennsylvania.

“Building a better tomorrow starts with our children, yet 22 percent of kids in the U.S. live in poverty,” said Sylvia Mathews Burwell, president of the Walmart Foundation. “Through education, nourishment, mentorship, clothing and shelter, the organizations honored today are helping children community by community achieve a brighter future. We’re honored to help support their mission with grants this holiday season.”

Walmart’s November call for submissions resulted in more than 21,677 nominations from Facebook users who submitted descriptions of each nonprofit’s impact in its local community. Submissions were initially reviewed by Walmart associates from across the company and then a panel from the Walmart Foundation selected the winning organizations.

The organizations being spotlighted today for “Building a Better Future” include:

  • Addison County Parent/Child Center, Middlebury, VT $10,000
  • Bags4kids, California City, CA $10,000
  • College Forward, Austin, TX $10,000
  • Greencastle Police Department Permanent Fitting Station, Greencastle, IN $10,000
  • Kalamazoo Drop-In Child Care Center, Kalamazoo, MI $10,000
  • LIFT-Chicago, Chicago, IL $10,000
  • Nashville State Community College Foundation, Nashville, TN $10,000
  • Para Los Niños, Los Angeles, CA $10,000
  • Positive Tomorrows, Oklahoma City, OK $10,000
  • Project Linus of East Tennessee, Harriman, TN $5,000
  • Project Night Light, Moorhead, MN $10,000
  • The Detroit Area Diaper Bank, Canton, MI $5,000
  • The Diaper Bank of Greater Atlanta, Kennesaw, GA $5,000
  • The Greater Philadelphia Diaper Bank, Richboro, PA $5,000

About Philanthropy at Walmart
Walmart and the Walmart Foundation are committed to helping people live better through philanthropic efforts. By operating globally and giving back locally, Walmart is uniquely positioned to address the needs of the communities it serves and make a significant social impact within its core areas of giving: Hunger Relief and Nutrition, Sustainability, Workforce Opportunity and Women’s Economic Empowerment. Walmart and the Walmart Foundation are leading the fight against hunger in the United States with a $2 billion commitment through 2015. To date, Walmart has donated more than 1 billion pounds of food to those in need across the country. To learn more about Walmart’s giving, visit foundation.walmart.com.

 

Quinn’s Christmas Bauble

In other pander-to-the-power news this week, City Council Speaker Chris Quinn got an early Christmas present — one that she worked hard for, too. Quinn has stood in the marketplace door for years, brazenly excluding Walmart from the five boroughs, and on Wednesday she got her reward: a mayoral endorsement from the city’s grocery union, United Food and Commercial Workers Local 1500. Sweet for her. Not so sweet for the two-thirds of New Yorkers who tell pollsters, time and again, that they want Walmart in the city. Or for poor folks who lose out on the relatively cheap, nutritious food Walmart brings to neighborhoods in need.

Read more at the New York Postr‎