Walmart and the Walmart Foundation commit cash and in-kind product donations to assist organizations with recovery and relief services
BENTONVILLE, Ark., March 7, 2019 – In response to the multiple tornadoes that have impacted Alabama and Georgia, Walmart and the Walmart Foundation have committed to provide $50,000 in support through cash and product donations. The commitment includes $15,000 in product donations to organizations providing support to impacted areas, and cash commitments of $15,000 to the Alabama Governor’s Relief Fund, $10,000 to the Community Foundation of East Alabama and $10,000 to the American Red Cross, which is providing relief services to affected communities in both Alabama and Georgia. As part of this commitment, Walmart is also working closely with local officials and government entities to help meet the needs of those affected.
We are deeply concerned by the devastation impacting our associates, customers and the communities we serve, including in the Opelika, Ala., area where we have a distribution center. In addition to cash donations, our local stores and distributions centers have been providing water, tarps, totes and other basic needs in affected communities. In the coming days, we will continue to help with relief efforts by working with non-profits, first responders, local officials and governmental organizations to identify needs and provide additional support.
– Greg Marrufo, Walmart’s divisional vice president for grocery supply chain
Walmart operates 144 retail units, three distribution centers and employs over 38,000 associates in Alabama. In Georgia, the company has 214 retail units, seven distribution centers and employs over 61,000 associates.
Walmart has a long history of providing aid in times of disasters, helping communities prepare and recover by donating emergency supplies, such as food and water, home and personal products. In addition to last year’s hurricane response of more than $38 million, Walmart and the Walmart Foundation have donated more than $60 million since 2005 in cash and in-kind donations in response to disaster events.