Over the next five years Walmart and the Walmart Foundation will help to provide over four billion meals to those in need, while also investing in addressing challenges in the food system and supporting long term solutions to the causes of hunger. The Walmart Foundation will provide grants to local and national partners to address issues across the food system; from food production, to addressing hunger, to nutrition education. The Walmart Foundation supports an average of 4,000 hunger relief grantees each year; including food pantries, food banks, anti-hunger coalitions and national issue advocacy organizations. In addition, Walmart and the Walmart Foundation will also leverage their voices to raise public awareness and convene consumers and other companies to join Walmart in creating lasting solutions to domestic hunger.
Walmart and the Walmart Foundation will achieve this commitment by:
1) Strengthening the Capacity of the Charitable Food System: Walmart and the Walmart Foundation will donate an estimated three billion pounds of food to food banks across the nation to distribute to families in need over the next five years. This donation will include categories that are valuable to food banks, such as protein, dairy, and produce. Walmart will strive for a third of its in-kind donation to include produce; up to one billion pounds. In addition to food, the Walmart Foundation will help to strengthen the charitable system infrastructure. To achieve this, the Foundation will provide grant dollars to local, regional, and national hunger relief organizations, including support for trucks to help distribute food. In addition, Walmart will share its expertise in logistics and other skilled areas with selected nonprofit organizations.
2) Increasing Access to Federal Nutrition Programs: The Walmart Foundation will provide grant support to nonprofit organizations working to increase access to federal nutrition programs such as the School Breakfast Program, Afterschool and Summer Meal Programs, and the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). These funds will focus on supporting nonprofit activities such as opening new program sites, or helping to overcome barriers to program expansion (such as outreach, helping families access program benefit information, developing alignment of school administrators, or capital investments in equipment).
3) Investing in Evolving Systems to Meet the Needs of Families: The Walmart Foundation will invest in projects which are designed to help address more long-term challenges in addressing hunger. Building on the foundation of lessons learned through funding direct programmatic work, these efforts will attempt to share learnings across grantees and contribute to furthering the cross-sector anti-hunger efforts. Examples of these projects include: 1) Research and Evaluation to build an evidence base that deepens understanding of program performance 2) Developing Performance Standardization and Best Practice Implementation to share knowledge across the field, and 3) Supporting Coalition Building to generate sector wide support for complex challenges, including suppliers and other retailers.
These three strategies represent an evolution and deepening of Walmart's and the Walmart Foundation's efforts to addressing hunger. In addition to this commitment representing a larger amount of resource investment, the work will also leverage lessons learned from past efforts in order to scale models which have proven successful, tailor services to target underserved populations, and catalyze innovation where solutions don't exist today.
This commitment will run from Feb 1, 2015 - Jan 31, 2020.
Walmart and the Walmart Foundation will achieve our commitment through the following actions:
1) Increasing the food available in the charitable system, through maximizing Walmart's food donation program.
Walmart's food donation program is built on a strong relationship between stores and local hunger relief organizations. Walmart associates are trained on how to identify food which may be nearing sale date, but still is safe and in usable condition. These items are set aside, and tagged as donations. Local hunger relief organizations are matched with each store, and these organizations pick up the donated items at least twice per week and confirm the donation. From there, the donated product is distributed to families in need in local communities. In delivering on Walmart's and the Walmart Foundation's commitment to reach a total of four billion meals, Walmart and Foundation will map new store growth to local hunger relief agencies, explore new categories of food to add to the donation program, train associates to ensure food is being identified and moved quickly, and ensure that hunger relief agencies have the capacity needed to safely handle the food from collection to distribution.
2) Providing grant support to organizations who are delivering programmatic services to families in need.
Walmart and the Walmart Foundation will provide grant funding to local, regional, state and national organizations working to help provide families with access to meals. These grants are administered through several different grant making programs including 1) facility giving - designed to focus on community specific needs, these grants of per organizations are administered by leaders of community stores. 2) state giving - this program is designed to meet organizational capacity needs for nonprofit organizations, and has two cycles each year specifically focused on supporting work under the food system pillar. Organizations can apply for grants aligned with these giving areas between ,000 and ,000. Examples of projects might include a statewide child hunger relief campaign or support for a senior focused home delivered meal program. 3) national giving program - this program is designed to focus on achieving scale, accelerating innovation, or building system capacity. Grant funded projects are developed through strategic engagement with nonprofit partners over a longer period of time. Examples of these projects might include a national truck donation program or development of a coalition of partners to support adoption of universal school breakfast programs. State and national giving program grantees complete a common set of annual reporting metrics to capture impact of dollars invested.
3) Raising Awareness and encouraging others to join anti-hunger efforts.
Walmart and the Walmart Foundation will identify opportunities to raise awareness of hunger issues, and invite meaningful action from a range of stakeholders, including associates, consumers, nonprofits and other companies. One way this will be achieved is through leveraging the power of the 1.4 million Walmart associates who work in the United States. As part of this work, Walmart and the Walmart Foundation will incentivize associates to get involved in addressing hunger in their local community. They can do this either by volunteering time through our Volunteerism Always Pays program (where Walmart will provide a grant to an organization where an associate volunteers at least 25 hours), or by donating through our Associate Giving and Executive Giving Programs. For example, in 2013 Walmart associates volunteered over 150,000 hours for hunger relief organizations. Through both of these existing programs, Walmart and its Foundation will provide certain match dollars to incentivize participation. Walmart will also explore awareness raising actions that its associates can take (such as wearing orange for Hunger Awareness Month). In addition, Walmart will look for ways to engage suppliers and customers in hunger awareness efforts. One example will be through an expanded in store campaign where associates, customers, and suppliers will be invited to donate, volunteer and spread awareness of how to get involved in the issue.
Reporting will be available each April, and will include information published in the Global Responsibility Report (GRR). The GRR will include: total number of meals supported by Walmart and the Walmart Foundation. This metric can be broken into the number of pounds of food donated (will be converted into meals) and the number of meals provided by nonprofit partners through grant funded programs. Additionally, the Walmart Foundation will be able to provide updates on any systems level initiatives (e.g. evaluations).
Globally, there's growing concern regarding food and nutrition. In fact, the United Nations estimates food production must increase by roughly 70 percent to feed the estimated nine billion people who will inhabit the planet by 2050. From the farm to the table, food matters to families around the globe. Every family should have access to affordable, nutritious and sustainably grown food. But for too many families, this is simply not reality.
Today, in the United States there are an estimated 49 million Americans who are food insecure (that is 1 in 6 Americans); meaning they are not sure they will have the resources needed to access food for their families. According to Feeding America's 2012 Map the Meal Gap study, it would take an estimated incremental billion to meet the food needs of food insecure families each year. The barriers and challenges are many: from complicated food assistance applications to transportation barriers, to growing concern around nutrition education. Without consistent access to nutritious food, children cannot play, learn and grow into their full potential and people cannot lead their healthiest, most productive lives.
As the world's largest grocer and as the neighborhood market for many communities as well as one of the nation's largest corporate foundations, respectively, Walmart and its Foundation are well positioned to leverage their expertise, size and scale to help ensure that help is readily available when families need it most. The Company has a history as a leader in this work. In 2010 Walmart and the Walmart Foundation committed to give billion towards hunger relief efforts in the U.S., including million in grant funds to national and local partners, and over one billion pounds of donated food. That commitment was exceeded in 2014, nearly a full year ahead of schedule.