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Walmart hits charitable giving milestone

By Megan Workman

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Wal-Mart donated more than $8 million to West Virginia charities last year and more than $1 billion nationally, which makes it the first time any U.S. retailer has reached that level of giving.

Wal-Mart and the Wal-Mart Foundation gave more than $1 billion in cash and in-kind contributions, mostly food, to low-income families and those affected by disasters during fiscal year 2013.

Wal-Mart is the first retailer in the nation to give more than $1 billion in a fiscal year.

Its contributions include more than 351 million meals to food banks through Feeding America, providing grants to nonprofit partners that gave 265 small-business loans, and offering training to 3,600 small-business owners.

The state's largest employer since 1998, Wal-Mart has donated more than $8 million to nonprofits including the Huntington Area Food Bank and the Mountaineer Food Bank. In all, Wal-Mart gave 4 million pounds of food to state food banks.

In 2010, Wal-Mart announced a $2 billion commitment of cash and in-kind gifts to hunger relief organizations in the country.

"On behalf of our 11,500 employees in West Virginia, Wal-Mart is extremely proud to have given back more than $1 billion for the first time last year, including $8 million to West Virginia charitable and community organizations," Wal-Mart Vice President and Regional General Manager Kate Mora said in a news release. "We are making a big difference with regard to a number of areas including fighting hunger, supporting veterans issues and promoting environmental sustainability."

Reach Megan Workman at megan.workman@wvgazette.com or 304-348-5113.

 


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