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Walmart Foundation Grant Helps Feed South Bay Families

 

Turning the Hearts Center receives $25,000 to expand operations of Hearts for the Hungry Food Distribution Center

SAN DIEGO (November 17, 2014) – Turning the Hearts Center received a $25,000 contribution from the Walmart Foundation’s California State Giving Council on November 15 to assist with expanding the capacity and operations of the Hearts for the Hungry Food Distribution Center, which provides a unique self-choice food bank program in San Diego’s South Bay.

“We are so appreciative of Walmart and this generous donation, which will allow us to serve more local families in need,” said Marc Lovato, Executive Director of Turning the Hearts Center.  “We strive to help families meet the most essential of needs – having enough food to eat – while promoting self-respect and dignity.  Walmart’s partnership furthers this mission and helps better the lives of those in our community.”

Turning the Hearts Center launched Hearts for the Hungry Food Distribution Center in 2012.  The Distribution Center operates twice a month and is setup like a typical grocery store.  Allowing clients to choose their own foods, the format helps to promote family dignity and remove the stigma from food distribution.  With the funds provided by the Walmart Foundation, the Center plans to double operations, opening once every week.

“We are proud to support the work of Turning the Hearts Center as it provides critical services to San Diegans in such a benevolent way,” said Craig Abbott, San Diego County Walmart Market Manager. “Walmart strongly believes in giving back locally, and we look forward to watching this great organization continue to positively impact lives.”

The grant was presented to Turning the Hearts Center during a check presentation ceremony held on Saturday at the nonprofit’s headquarters in Chula Vista, CA. During the ceremony, Chula Vista Mayor Cheryl Cox joined Executive Director Marc Lovato and Board Chair Sergio De La Mora to commend Walmart for its support of the program.

“Walmart has repeatedly demonstrated its commitment as a dependable community partner in the South Bay,” said Chula Vista Mayor Cheryl Cox.  “I am pleased to see the company support the valuable work of Turning the Hearts Center, which is making a difference in the lives of hundreds of local families.”

Philip Serghini presented the grant on behalf of the Walmart Foundation and spoke about the company’s commitment to ending hunger in America.

The contribution to Turning the Hearts Center was made possible through the Walmart Foundation’s California State Giving Program. The program granted more than $250,000 to nonprofits in San Diego County in 2014, including the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater San Diego, Embrace, Arc of San Diego, Neighborhood House Association, Parent Institute for Quality Education, Rancho Santa Fe Foundation and San Ysidro Education Vanguard Foundation.  The Walmart Foundation State Giving Program strives to award grants that have a long-lasting, positive impact on communities across the U.S.

To be considered for support, perspective grantee organizations must submit applications through the Walmart Foundation State Giving Program’s online grant application.  Applicants must have a current 501(c)(3) tax-exempt status in order to meet the program’s minimum eligibility criteria.  Additional information about the program’s funding guidelines and application process are available online at www.walmartfoundation.org/stategiving.

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 & Healthy Eating, Sustainability, Career 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. Walmart has donated more than 1 billion meals to those in need across the country. To learn more about Walmart’s giving, visit foundation.walmart.com.

About Turning the Hearts Center

Turning the Hearts Center, founded in 2001, grew out of a growing community demand to foster programs that empower youth leadership development and strengthen families. The Center seeks to develop future leaders, strong families and rebuild communities by offering a number of youth and adult empowerment programs, including work, health and shelter programs.

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Poway Walmart Expanded to Better Serve Community

POWAY, CA (November 12, 2014) – Walmart recently completed its revitalization and expansion of the local Poway Walmart store, located at 13425 Community Road, adding healthy and affordable grocery options to the store’s current pharmacy and general merchandise selections. Store Manager Art Gladue, along with his associates, hosted a grand re-opening ceremony alongside local dignitaries with a ribbon cutting on Wednesday, November 12. Opened in 1992, the Poway store was the first Walmart in San Diego County and has since held an important role in the community.

“I am excited to see the Poway Walmart store expansion completed and see all the added benefits this new Supercenter will bring,” said Poway Mayor Don Higginson. “Walmart has been an outstanding part of the Poway community, not only helping our residents save money but also supporting numerous community organizations.”

The expanded store employs approximately 300 full- and part-time associates, including approximately 85 jobs created by the expansion. Store manager Arthur Gladue began his Walmart career more than 19 years ago as an hourly associate.

“I am excited to unveil this larger store,” said Gladue. “Our expansion allows us to better serve the Poway community and provide a great shopping experience.”

With both a father and brother in the military, Gladue wants military veterans to know they would be very welcome to apply to work on the team at the Poway store, which already employs several veterans. Through Walmart’s Veterans Welcome Home Commitment, the company will offer a job to any qualified veteran who has been honorably discharged within the past 12 months.

“The Chamber is thrilled at what the addition of this Walmart Supercenter will do to help support our community and keep it growing and thriving,” said Dolores Canizales, President and CEO of the Poway Chamber of Commerce.

Walmart is also making holiday shopping more convenient than ever as local residents can shop for more than a million additional items online on Walmart.com and pick them up at the Poway Walmart store for free, often as quickly as the same day. The store expansion will help local businesses in the area and has generated support from groups throughout Poway.

“The addition of groceries at Walmart means that I and other Walmart customers will be able to have better access to affordable food for our families. This addition will not only help our community grow but ultimately bring more customers to the area, helping nearby businesses,” said Karen Dunn, local business owner of Poway Transmissions.

In addition to the grants given as part of the grand re-opening, the new store will further Walmart’s pledge to fight hunger in America. As part of Walmart’s and the Walmart Foundation’s $2 billion commitment to fight hunger through 2015, Walmart stores in California donated approximately 23.1 million pounds of food, in fiscal year 2014, or the equivalent of 19.3 million meals. Additionally, Walmart and the Walmart Foundation gave more than $47.1 million in fiscal year 2014 in California alone. For more information on Walmart’s fight against hunger, visit http://foundation.walmart.com/our-focus/hunger.

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Walmart Honored at Annual Veterans Recognition Luncheon

Veterans Museum Names Walmart San Diego Corporation of the Year for its Support of Veterans

SAN DIEGO, CA. (Nov. 10, 2014) – On Friday, November 7, 2014, Walmart was recognized for its work on behalf of veterans at the San Diego County Veteran of the Year Recognition Luncheon held at the Scottish Rite Center in San Diego. The event, hosted by the San Diego Veterans Museum and Memorial Center, is held each year to recognize the community’s local veterans and the organizations that support them. This year, Walmart had the distinguished honor of receiving the San Diego Corporation of the Year Award for its ongoing support of the nation’s active duty forces, its veteran employment policies and its assistance to local veteran programs.

“Walmart is honored to receive this award and humbled to be able to give back to our nation’s heroes,” said San Diego County Walmart Market Manager Craig Abbott, who accepted the award on behalf of Walmart. “Hiring a veteran is one of the best decisions a company can make. They are leaders with discipline, training and a passion for service. Walmart is proud to do our part to support the brave men and women who have sacrificed so much for the safety and well-being of our nation.”

As one of the largest private employers of veterans, Walmart is determined to support our service men and women as they return home. On Memorial Day 2013, Walmart launched the Veterans Welcome Home Commitment to offer priority hiring to any honorably discharged veteran within her or his first 12 months off active duty. Since that time, more than 67,861 veterans have been hired and offered a greater opportunity for success, including more than 2,800 veterans in California. Over the next five years, Walmart projects this commitment to result in the hiring of more than 100,000 veterans nationally.

Locally, Walmart is dedicated to partnering with organizations in San Diego County serving veterans and their families, including Veterans Village, Operation Homefront, the Vet Fund Foundation and Veterans Association of North County. Throughout the County, Walmart has also supported veteran jobs fairs, such as co-hosting the “East County Employs Our Vets” Job Fair. Walmart works hard to support veterans throughout the community, and continues to seek out new opportunities and partnerships that will benefit members of the military and their loved ones.

About Walmart

Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. (NYSE: WMT) helps people around the world save money and live better — anytime and anywhere — in retail stores, online, and through their mobile devices. Each week, more than 250 million customers and members visit our 11,053 stores under 71 banners in 27 countries and e-commerce websites in 11 countries. With fiscal year 2014 sales of over $473 billion, Walmart employs approximately 2 million associates worldwide. Walmart continues to be a leader in sustainability, corporate philanthropy and employment opportunity. Additional information about Walmart can be found by visiting http://corporate.walmart.com on Facebook at http://facebook.com/walmart and on Twitter at http://twitter.com/walmart.

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Walmart And Sam’s Club Donate To Children’s Hospitals

San Diego, CA, August 25, 2014– A six-week fundraising campaign at Walmart and Sam’s Club outlets collected more than $531,000 for Rady Children’s Hospital, the retail giant announced Monday.

The local effort was part of a nationwide fundraiser for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals across the country.

Nationally, through donations accepted at cash registers and in-store fundraising activities, Walmart raised more than $40.2 million for the 170 hospitals that make up the network. The money goes toward buying life-saving equipment, supporting therapy programs and providing charitable care.

“We are so grateful for the incredible work of Walmart leadership and their associates, which led to another successful fundraising campaign,” said Carol Damon-Scherer, the vice president of development for the Rady Children’s Hospital Foundation. “Many special programs rely on community support to operate, and with this donation Rady Children’s will be better-equipped to provide the excellence in patient care we are known for nationwide.”

Rady Children’s Hospital said it would dedicate the money to a fund that helps pay for life-saving technology and research, provides a safety net for children with little or no medical insurance, and creates a healing environment designed to enrich the experience of patients and their families.

Read more on San Diego News Service 

 

Walmart Giving in Last Fiscal Year Exceeds $47 Million in California

Additionally, more than 23 million pounds of food were donated to local food banks

San Diego, CA (June 26, 2014) – Walmart and the Walmart Foundation announced that over the last fiscal year they gave more than $47 million in cash and in-kind contributions to charitable organizations throughout California.  Globally, the company and its Foundation donated more than $1.3 billion to nonprofit groups, surpassing the previous year’s total by more than $244 million.

“We are so proud of the partnerships we have forged with dedicated people and organizations throughout the state to help us do more good for more people,” said Kimberly Sentovich, Senior Vice President, Walmart Pacific Division.  “In San Diego, we were fortunate to team up with some new groups this year, and we look forward to seeing the great work these organizations will do in the community.”

Two of the San Diego-area organizations receiving grants from Walmart and the Walmart Foundation include Accion San Diego and Bayside Community Center. Accion San Diego is a nonprofit microlender dedicated to connecting low to moderate-income entrepreneurs, many of whom are women or minorities, with the financing and resources to start and grow healthy businesses.Walmart and the Walmart Foundation provided $50,000 to support the organization’s small business loan program, which will benefit 100 female small business owners.

“We are delighted that the Walmart Foundation chose to support Accion,” said Elizabeth Schott, Executive Director, Accion San Diego. “Through Walmart’s support, we are able to continue our mission of empowering hard-working entrepreneurs and meet the increasing demand for our services from small business owners.”

Bayside Community Center was provided $25,000 to support its Food Security and Healthy Living Program.  This initiative is aimed at meeting critical needs for those suffering from food insecurity, such as providing a senior lunch program, healthy food bags for after-school participants and a community garden, among other efforts.

“Walmart’s partnership has allowed us to increase assistance to some of our community’s most vulnerable – those who are unable to ensure their access to food. Our work helps supports the community and Walmart’s grant has helped strengthen Bayside’s Food Security program, enabling us to continue meeting the needs of our neighbors,” said Rose Ceballos, Director of Social Services, Bayside Community Center.

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 California, Walmart donated more than 23 million pounds of food to local food banks – equivalent to more than 19 million meals – in the last fiscal year.  The retailer and its Foundation have partnered with Jacobs & Cushman San Diego Food Bank, Imperial Valley Food Pantry, Meals-on-Wheels Greater San Diego and more in the San Diego and Imperial counties region to provide expanded food services to homebound seniors and others in need.

“We are so thankful for Walmart’s support of our work in San Diego County and especially its contribution to helping us expand our service to some of our society’s most vulnerable – homebound seniors living in isolated areas of the region, removed from basic services,” said Debbie Case, President/CEO, Meals-on-Wheels Greater San Diego.  “Walmart’s partnership ensures we can serve more of those in need in the days and years to come.” California Giving Highlights

  • Total Walmart and Walmart Foundation contributions (cash and in-kind) – $47,661,178
  • Total customer and associate giving – $4,472,668
  • Total food donation – 23,174,153 pounds
  • Meal equivalent – 19,311,794 meals

For more information about the Walmart Foundation, visit http://foundation.walmart.com.

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 & Healthy Eating, Sustainability, Career 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. Walmart and the Walmart Foundation have donated more than 1.3 billion meals to people in need across the country. To learn more about Walmart’s giving, visit foundation.walmart.com.

 

Veterans Association of North County Receives $25,000 for Warrior Kitchen Job Training Program

Walmart Foundation grant to be matched by City of Oceanside for total of $50,000

OCEANSIDE, CA (June 26, 2014) – Veterans Association of North County (VANC) yesterday received a $25,000 contribution to assist North County veterans. The grant – which was giving to the nonprofit organization through the Walmart Foundation’s State Giving program – will provide equipment for the organization’s “Warrior Kitchen” program, which is aimed at providing veterans with skills in the food service industry, as well as serving meals to other veterans in the kitchen’s accompanying dining hall.

“With Walmart’s support, we will be able to continue to assist North County veterans by providing them with valuable job training that can assist a successful transition into the civilian workforce,” said Chuck Atkinson, founder and President of the North County Veterans Association. “We’re grateful to Walmart for its commitment to help veterans live better.”

The grant was presented to VANC at the Oceanside City Council meeting on Wednesday, June 25, 2014. Oceanside City Council member Jerome Kern commended Walmart for its ongoing support of local veterans.

“Walmart has remained consistently committed to veterans in Oceanside and throughout North County,” said Councilmember Kern. “This grant will not only help provide valuable job training opportunities for our veterans but will also allow those who may need assistance to receive fresh-cooked, healthy meals from the Veterans Association of North County. I’m pleased to say the $25,000 grant from Walmart will also be matched by the City of Oceanside as part of a recently-approved City program to help raise funds for the Veterans Association of North County.”

The City Council approved a funds match of up for $600,000 to the Association on May 28 this year, and the Walmart grant will be matched for a total of $50,000 to the organization.

Oceanside Store Manager Matt Firkus presented the grant on behalf of Walmart and spoke about the company’s commitment to veterans.

“The Veterans Association of North County is an organization we’re proud to support,” said Firkus. “At Walmart, we recognize the great sacrifices made by our country’s veterans, and we have committed $40 million to support veteran employment and transition programs. I am pleased to see how these funds will positively impact the lives of veterans in the North County region.”

Veterans Association of North County serves approximately 80,000 veterans and 30 different veterans’ organization each year. The Warrior Kitchen program is part of the organization’s larger Career Transition Assistance Program, which provides approximately 25 veterans with valuable job and job-seeking skills in each six-week course.

The contribution to Veterans Association of North County was made possible through the Walmart Foundation’s California State Giving Program. Through this program, the Walmart Foundation supports organizations that create opportunities so people can live better. The Walmart Foundation State Giving Program strives to award grants that have a long-lasting, positive impact on communities across the U.S.

To be considered for support, prospective grantee organizations must submit applications through the Walmart Foundation State Giving Program’s online grant application.  Applicants must have a current 501(c)(3) tax-exempt status in order to meet the program’s minimum eligibility criteria.  Additional information about the program’s funding guidelines and application process are available online at www.walmartfoundation.org/stategiving.

In Fiscal Year Ending 2014 in California, Walmart, Sam’s Club locations and the Walmart Foundation awarded more than $47.6 million to local organizations.

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 & Healthy Eating, Sustainability, Career 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. Walmart and the Walmart Foundation have donated more than 1.3 billion meals to people in need across the country. To learn more about Walmart’s giving, visit foundation.walmart.com.

About Veterans Association of North County

Veterans Association of North County (VANC), located in Oceanside, California, is a 501(c) (3) non-profit organization created by a group of dedicated veterans to empower other veterans, members of the military, and their families by providing needed support and resources. It is an umbrella association that represents more than 30 veteran organizations spanning all branches of military service (including reserve personnel) and encompassing all generations, from active duty through retirees. Its mission is to serve as a one-stop resource center for all veterans and military, centralizing the services of diverse agencies to assist them with jobs, education, finances, health and wellness, and family issues.

 

 

Urban Corps of San Diego Receives $25,000 from the Walmart Foundation to Assist with Career Building Programs

Donation to support YouthBuild job training program throughout the County

San Diego, CA, April 22, 2014 – Walmart and the Walmart Foundation are proud to announce a $25,000 grant to Urban Corps of San Diego County to assist with youth job training services. Urban Corps is a certified local conservation corps and charter school, providing young adults with green job training, education and community service experience, while protecting San Diego’s natural resources. The grant – which was given to the non-profit through the Walmart Foundation’s State Giving Program – will fund the organization’s YouthBuild program, a model of the YouthBuild USA Affiliated Network. The Walmart grant will play an integral role in helping Urban Corps get the YouthBuild program off the ground, enabling the organization to hire a vocational  job training instructor, cover a portion of program overhead, and provide uniforms and safety gear, certifications, tools, and instructional materials to program participants.

“Urban Corps is very appreciative of Walmart’s generous grant, which is helping to jumpstart our YouthBuild program, and provide construction training, industry recognized certifications, leadership development, and job placement to disadvantaged youth,” said Robert Chavez, CEO of Urban Corps of San Diego. “These services will help students gain life skills, overcome negative habits and experiences, and increase their chances of success in the workforce.”

YouthBuild students at Urban Corps will receive on-site and classroom-based vocational training in construction, qualifying them for industry-recognized certifications and enabling them to build and rehabilitate affordable housing. These services will complement Urban Corps’ existing job training and education programs.

“We are proud to support the efforts of Urban Corps of San Diego,” said Kim Sentovich, Walmart senior vice president for the Pacific Division. “Walmart strongly believes in giving back locally and we look forward to working with Urban Corps, as it works to positively impact the lives of San Diego’s youth.”

In 2012, Walmart contributed $11,800 in support of Urban Corps’ programs. This state giving grant displays an ongoing commitment to Walmart’s core principles of career opportunity and environmental sustainability.

“Urban Corps’ programs address critical educational, environmental and workforce development needs for our youth population,” County of San Diego Supervisor Ron Roberts said. “I am pleased to see Walmart’s continuing support of the organization and the great partnership the two organizations have created.”

The Walmart Foundation’s California State Giving Program granted more than $400,000 to nonprofits in San Diego County in 2013, including Accion San Diego, After School All Stars, Blessings in a Backpack, Jacobs & Cushman San Diego Food Bank and St. Vincent de Paul Village.

In 2012, Walmart and the Walmart Foundation gave more than $1 billion in cash and in-kind contributions around the world. This includes $1 billion in cash and in-kind gifts in the United States and $82.2 million in cash and in-kind gifts in international markets. In addition, Walmart, Sam’s Club and Logistics associates volunteered more than 2.2 million hours, generating $18 million to U.S. nonprofits.

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 & Healthy Eating, Sustainability, Career 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. Walmart has donated more than 1 billion meals to those in need across the country. To learn more about Walmart’s giving, visit foundation.walmart.com.

About Urban Corps

Since 1989, Urban Corps has served as a bridge to a better life to more than 12,000 underserved, low-income young adults ages 18-25, providing them with the chance to improve themselves while improving their own communities. The organization provides a second chance at a high school education and paid green job training designed to encourage civic engagement, responsibility, and self-sufficiency. An onsite charter school affords participants an accelerated WASC-accredited high school diploma program, complete with hands-on support staff who ensure students succeed in the program and beyond. In the field, Corpsmembers gain tangible job skills on environmental and community improvement projects like graffiti abatement, urban forestry, recycling, landscaping and green building construction through the YouthBuild program. On average, 70% of graduates transition from the program with employment. For more information, visit www.urbancorpssd.org.

 

Walmart Puts Price of Solar Power on Rollback

Commits to Doubling On-site Solar Projects in the United States by 2020

MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif., May 9, 2014 — At an event with President Barack Obama, Walmart
today announced that it will double the number of on-site solar energy projects at its U.S. stores,
Sam’s Clubs and distribution centers by 2020. The commitment is part of Walmart’s global
initiative to drive the production or procurement of 7 billion kWh of renewable energy by the end
of 2020.

Over the last few years Walmart has made significant progress toward its goal to be supplied by
100 percent renewable energy. With today’s commitment Walmart will further extend its
leadership in renewables, doubling its solar energy projects in the United States and Puerto
Rico over the next six years, compared to a 2013 baseline.
“We share the President’s commitment to a sustainable energy future and applaud his
willingness to partner with business on this important issue,” said Bill Simon, president and CEO
of Walmart U.S. “We know from experience that investing in energy innovation allows us to save
money, reduce carbon pollution, and create jobs. Every day, millions of Americans depend on
us to watch every penny so that we can provide the best prices on products they love. Our
customers can feel good that we’re watching out for both their wallets and their children’s
future.”
Walmart made the announcement while hosting President Obama at a solar-powered store in
Mountain View, California. The President visited the store to highlight the importance of energy
efficiency and renewables in keeping America strong.

Walmart today is the No. 1 commercial solar energy user according to the Solar Energy Industry
Association and is recognized as the largest on-site renewable energy user in America by the
EPA’s Green Power Partnership.

Earlier this week, Walmart also signed on to the Department of Energy’s Better Buildings
Initiative, reinforcing the company’s commitment to reduce the energy intensity of its buildings
by 20 percent by 2020, compared to a 2010 baseline.
In total, Walmart’s 2020 commitments to scale renewables and accelerate energy efficiency
globally could save the company as much as $1 billion a year in energy costs.
The Mountain View store currently derives 14.5 percent of its energy from solar systems built
and installed by SolarCity, a local California business and one of Walmart’s largest solar
vendors. According to SolarCity, its projects with Walmart alone have created an estimated
9,000 construction jobs in the United States, and SolarCity has created an additional 5,000
permanent American jobs since it initiated its first project with Walmart in 2010.
As Walmart and other companies commit to solar, it creates more certainty in the marketplace
and encourages others to invest, lowering the cost for everyone. According to Lyndon Rive,
CEO of SolarCity, “One of SolarCity’s biggest challenges is that customers are still stuck with
the stigma that clean energy is expensive. Walmart’s scale, brand, and leadership is sending
the signal that solar is cost effective. Walmart is showing you can be sustainable, and you can
do it at prices that meet or beat the price of energy from the grid.”
With today’s commitment, Walmart continues to demonstrate that it can serve more customers
while slowing its environmental impact. Since 2005, Walmart’s greenhouse gas emissions grew
at only one-quarter the rate of the company’s growth, nearly flat-lining in recent years. With its
2020 energy goals  it anticipates an absolute decline in GHG emissions by 2020 despite
significant growth plans over that same time period.

For more information and to join the conversation, please follow us @Walmartgreen.

About Walmart
Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. (NYSE: WMT) helps people around the world save money and live better
– anytime and anywhere – in retail stores, online, and through their mobile devices. Each week,
more than 245 million customers and members visit our 11,302 stores under 71 banners in 27
countries and ecommerce websites in 10 countries. With fiscal year 2014 sales of over $473
billion, Walmart employs more than 2 million associates worldwide. Walmart continues to be a
leader in sustainability, corporate philanthropy and employment opportunity. Additional
information about Walmart can be found by visiting http://corporate.walmart.com on Facebook
at http://facebook.com/walmart and on Twitter at http://twitter.com/walmart. Online merchandise
sales are available at http://www.walmart.com and http://www.samsclub.com.

 

Wal-Mart and Wild Oats unveil cheaper organic line

Wal-Mart is using its massive size to drive down the price of organic food items from tomato paste to chicken broth to make them more affordable for its low-income customers.

The world’s largest retailer and nation’s largest grocery seller said Thursday that it has teamed up with Wild Oats to sell a new line of organic foods, starting this month, that’s at least 25 percent cheaper than the national organic brands it carries and in line with the prices of its branded non-organic alternatives. Wild Oats helped pioneer the organic food trend in the late 1980s but has largely disappeared from store shelves since 2007.

Wild Oats’ 6-ounce can of tomato paste, for example, is priced at 58 cents, compared with 98 cents for a national-brand organic version. And a 32-ounce can of chicken broth under Wild Oats is priced at $1.98, compared with the $3.47 for a national-brand alternative, according to the discounter’s survey of 26 nationally branded organic products available at Walmart.com.

Wal-Mart Stores Inc. is unveiling nearly 100 pantry items under the Wild Oats label over the next several months, adding to the 1,600 organic food items it already carries. It’s taking a cautious approach, planning to have them in about half of its 4,000 domestic namesake stores to make sure it can satisfy demand. The Bentonville, Ark., company will be the exclusive national retailer of Wild Oats.

“We are removing the premium associated with organic groceries,” Jack Sinclair, Wal-Mart’s executive vice president of grocery, told reporters during a conference call Wednesday.

Read more at UT San Diego

 

Produce Recovery Program Gets Boost From Wal-Mart

With help from the Wal-Mart Foundation, the California Association of Food Banks plans to expand its produce recovery program — Farm to Family — by 15 million pounds of fresh produce and help other states set up similar programs.

The foundation gave the Oakland-based California Association of Food Banks $500,000 to grow the program. The association already partners with 114 growers and packers to provide 140 million pounds of fresh produce annually to 40 California food banks, according to a news release.

The donation from the Wal-Mart Foundation will also help with two research projects, Sue Sigler, association executive director, said in the release.

“CAFB will commission and publish a study identifying the environmental benefits of the Farm to Family model,” Sigler said in the release. “This research will contribute new knowledge on the sustainability benefits of produce recovery efforts.”

Sigler cited USDA statistics in the release that show 6 billion pounds of agricultural crops are being wasted annually in the U.S. The discarded and unharvested food includes about 3 billion pounds of fresh produce in California annually, according to the release, helping to make food waste the No. 1 material going into U.S. landfills.

The other research project planned is a pilot program to quantify the impact of increasing cold storage capacity at food pantries in terms of the pantries’ ability to distribute more fresh produce.

Outreach efforts to growers and packers will also benefit from the Wal-Mart Foundation donation. Sigler said in the release that California’s 36,000 growers represent an untapped market.

The 140 million pounds of produce annually recovered and distributed by the Field to Family program represents only 5% of the total agricultural food waste in California, according to the release.

The food bank association also plans a conference to help organizations in other states set up produce recovery programs.

“CAFB has been on the cutting edge of produce recovery efforts for the past decade. We look forward to seeing them expand Farm to Family in California, and beyond,” Wal-Mart Foundation senior manager Robert Kenny said in the release.

 

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