Walmart donates $24.7M to Wisconsin organizations in ‘13

Special to The Freeman

July 14, 2014

MADISON — Walmart and the Walmart Foundation said Monday the company gave more than $24.7 million in cash and in-kind contributions to charitable organizations throughout Wisconsin last year.

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, according to a statement.

“At Walmart, we endeavor to cultivate meaningful relationships with organizations that offer solutions to issues that matter most to our customers and associates,” said Mitch Cox, Walmart regional general manager. “We’re proud of the relationships we’ve built with nonprofits across Wisconsin. Together we can make a difference in the communities in which we serve and help our neighbors succeed and thrive.”

In Wisconsin, Walmart donated more than 13 million pounds of food to local food banks during the last fiscal year. The retailer and its foundation have partnered with Feeding America Eastern Wisconsin Inc. to support the organization’s School Pantry Program, which provides local students and families with food, according to a statement.