Walmart.org’s response to COVID-19

Walmart and the Walmart Foundation have committed $35 million of cash and in-kind to support organizations on the front lines responding to COVID-19 to strengthen the global public health response, bolster food security, and support the needs of local communities in the U.S. and internationally.

 

In addition, we also launched our annual Fight Hunger. Spark Change. campaign in March where Walmart and Sam’s Club partner with our suppliers and customers to help bring food to the people who need it most.

United States

In the United States, our grants for response to the impact of COVID-19 fall into these areas of need: food access, healthcare, small business and technology. In each area, we’ve given to organizations that support pivotal parts of the fight against the novel coronavirus. What follows is a list of our grantees in the U.S and information about Fight Hunger. Spark Change.

Food Access

In addition to ongoing donations of unsold food from our stores and DCs and our Healthier Food for All program at Walmart.org, Walmart and the Walmart Foundation funded grants across the U.S. to bolster food security (for example, the Walmart Foundation committed $10 million in response to the pandemic to organizations helping increase food access, including $5 million to Feeding America). We focused on helping people access food benefits and supporting community organizations working to provide immediate access to meals and groceries – especially those who are most vulnerable. The grants focused on these areas of need:

Food Distribution

Food Distribution - food banks and distribution agencies.

  • American Indian College Fund – help address immediate food security needs of tribal colleges and universities’ students and their families in surrounding communities.
  • Arkansas Community Foundation – support for hunger relief as well as community sub-grants for nonprofits and community organizations responding to the pandemic.
  • Blue Grass Community Foundation – support for nonprofit service providers helping supply food, healthcare, prescription medicines, transportation, information and other basic needs.
  • Feeding America – help communities and individuals facing hunger during the COVID-19 outbreak.
  • Food and Friends – help with food access for underserved populations in Washington D.C.
  • Food Bank of Lincoln – support for critical need for food access for rural areas in 16 counties in Nebraska.
  • Food Bank of the Heartland – support for mobile food pantries and backpack programs in rural areas, Omaha metro and 16 counties in western Iowa.
  • Harvesters – support for summer feeding sites for northeast Kansas and northwest Missouri.
  • Living Healthy in Florida – help address the increasing demand for food assistance and support for Florida’s farmers and independent food banks.
  • Mercy Housing – help ensure families, seniors and people with disabilities have what they need to get through this pandemic.
  • National Black Child Development Institute – support for distribution of gift cards, food packages, supplies and referrals to resources directly to families in need in Atlanta, Metro D.C., Newark, Los Angeles, New York and Miami.
  • Partnership with Native Americans – support to assemble and deliver 689 emergency food boxes to elders, persons with disabilities, the homeless and families who most need supplies during the COVID-19 quarantine.
  • World Central Kitchen – support for delivering fresh meals, putting restaurants back to work, feeding frontline healthcare workers and mapping feeding efforts and identifying where gaps exist and resources are needed.
Meal Programs

Meal Programs - Support school and community food service in providing meals for families.

  • Meals on Wheels – help keep senior Americans safe and nourished during the pandemic.
  • SAGE – support for emergency food assistance to LGBT elders in New York City.
Access to benefits

Access to benefits - Support for organizations providing information or benefits application assistance (SNAP, WIC)

  • Arkansas Hunger Relief Alliance – support for statewide coordination of SNAP/WIC benefits and COVID response efforts with food banks in Arkansas and other key stakeholders.
  • Benefits Data Trust – help connect individuals and families with benefits to access food and reach financial stability.
  • UnidosUS – help improve food access in Latinx communities.

Fight Hunger. Spark Change.

  • We also launched our annual Fight Hunger. Spark Change. campaign early at the end of March with online donations, to give our customers and members a way to help pitch in.
  • To kickstart the campaign, Walmart donated $3 million to Feeding America and member food banks, which is in addition to the Walmart Foundation grant described above. And until mid June, customers will have the opportunity to support their community’s Feeding America member food bank by rounding-up their online totals to the nearest dollar when making a purchase on Walmart.com.

Healthcare

Our philanthropic contributions related to healthcare in the U.S. have focused on organizations on the front lines of the COVID-19 response; for example, we’ve donated to the Hispanic Federation and the Boys and Girls Club of America Native Services, who are providing aid for frontline workers and vulnerable populations in communities around the country. We’ve also donated personal protective equipment to healthcare providers. Read below for more details and information about our grant recipients.

Grant Recipients
  • AltaMed Health Services Corp. – funds to purchase equipment, protective gear for staff and supplies to be able to provide hygiene kits, food security baskets, protective gear to those with the greatest need.
  • Community Foundation of New Jersey – support for coordination of resources to help fight the medical, social and economic impact of COVID-19 on New Jersey’s most vulnerable populations.
  • Hispanics in Philanthropy – support for PPE for farm workers in the Midwest as well as a relief fund for farm farmworker families.
  • LARC, Inc. – support for sanitation of client rooms and PPE for staff.
  • Mile High United Way – support unmet needs of the communities and agencies impacted by COVID-19 in response and recovery.
Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) donations

Another immediate challenge facing us as a country is the increased demand for medical supplies, especially PPE. We tapped into our supply chain to help McKesson source and deliver gowns and coveralls to healthcare professionals in the U.S. We have also collaborated with Salesforce and State Farm to provide masks and shoe coverings to healthcare workers in Michigan and Louisiana. Walmart also donated 50,000 masks to hospitals in New York and more than 3,000 masks to underserved communities in Los Angeles County.

Small Business

To help provide emergency assistance to small business owners impacted by the pandemic, we supported an effort by Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC) to help small businesses, including support for the LISC Rapid Relief and Resiliency Fund. The Fund helps provide emergency assistance to small business owners impacted by the pandemic.

Technology and Community Support

We have provided some support to organizations assisting with internet access for online learning and remote provision of social services. (for example, organizations like the National Urban League and the NAACP using technology to meet urgent local needs). Read below to view grant recipients:

Grant recipients
  • NAACP – help address the immediate needs of the African American community through tele-town halls and for PPE in Detroit, St. Louis, Chicago, Mississippi, Louisiana, Georgia, North Carolina and South Carolina.
  • National Urban League – support to create a network platform that will deliver housing counseling to clients of nonprofits service providers and to help meet the financial needs of vulnerable households impacted by COVID-19 in Philadelphia, West Palm Beach, Chicago, Pittsburgh, and Louisville.
  • OCA National – support for technology needs for online studies for students attending Asian American and Native American Pacific Islander Serving Institutions.
  • The Arc Gloucester – support for technology and adaptive equipment in group home so residents can continue to have contact with family, friends and medical support.

Global Health Response

We contributed $5 million to the UN Foundation’s COVID-19 Solidarity Response Fund to support the World Health Organization’s global efforts to help countries prevent, detect and manage the coronavirus.

International: Support to Local Communities

Below is the list of organizations receiving cash and in-kind donations from Walmart entities for COVID-19 response:
Africa – Walmart Foundation, Massmart, Makro and Builders
  • Food Forward South Africa – donations of nonperishable food for vulnerable communities including the Massmart Board and Executive Committee pledging a contribution of food via a salary reduction.
  • Gift of Givers – support for the procurement and distribution of FFP2 masks to public health system testing sites across South Africa. Additional in-kind contributions include hazmat suits, visors, tents, furniture, and other non-medical equipment.
  • In-kind support of high-quality protective visors distributed to nurses, doctors and first responders in public healthcare facilities to combat COVID-19.
Argentina – Walmart Foundation and Walmart Argentina
  • Cruz Roja Argentina – help purchase personal hygiene kits and sanitation kits and provide teleassistance services for vulnerable families affected by the crisis.
Canada – Walmart Foundation and Walmart Canada
  • Food Banks Canada – help source, package and deliver food to individuals and families experiencing food insecurity as a result of the of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Central America – Walmart Foundation, Walmart Honduras, Walmart Guatemala
  • Honduran Armed Forces – donations of fresh produce for vulnerable communities.
  • World Vision Honduras – support across five countries (Honduras, Nicaragua, El Salvador, Costa Rica and Guatemala) to help purchase biosecurity equipment and distribution to local health facilities and hospitals; purchase of basic hygiene kits for vulnerable families; and purchase of food for vulnerable populations.
  • Permanent Contingency Commission for health measures in hospitals and health centers in Honduras – donations of cleaning products and fruits and vegetables.
Chile – Walmart Chile and Walmart Foundation
  • Hogar de Cristo – help with sanitary and hygiene support services for seniors.
China – Walmart, Walmart Foundation and Walmart China
  • China Business Forum – help purchase medical supplies for hospitals in China treating those infected with the virus.
  • China Women’s Development Foundation – support for the Fighting COVID-19 Angels program providing critical supplies and financial aid to healthcare workers, community workers and families in lower-tier cities and counties within the Hubei province.
  • Give2Asia – help purchase medical supplies, meal subsidies, rest areas for frontline workers and middle and long-term recovery efforts related to COVID-19.
India – Walmart, Walmart Foundation, Walmart Labs India, Flipkart and PhonePe
  • CUPA – help the welfare of animals in Bangalore.
  • Give India – Flipkart raised funds and distributed hygiene products to underserved communities.
  • Goonj support for essential relief kits for families in areas well known for migration.
  • In-kind donations include N95 masks and medical gowns for distribution by non-government organizations to public health care workers.
  • PM CARES Fund – donation from Walmart Labs India to Prime Minister Modi’s PM Fund, and participation by PhonePe in a matching program with donors.
  • SRIJAN – help for rural communities and farmer producers whose livelihoods are affected by COVID-19.
Japan – Walmart Foundation and Seiyu
  • Florence – support for disadvantaged families impacted by the pandemic.
Mexico – Walmart Mexico and Walmart Fundación de Mexico
  • Partnered with Alimento Para Todos Mexico and DHL Mexico to deliver food to elder grocery baggers.
  • In-kind support includes food donations and cleaning products to food banks, soup kitchens and hostels.
United Kingdom – Asda
  • FareShare support for meals for families impacted by Coronavirus as well as support for additional charities to increase food access in their communities.
  • Trussell Trust support for telephone, online and food delivery systems.