Access to Healthier Food
We seek to eliminate food insecurity, find innovative and creative solutions to connect people around the world with healthier food options, all while promoting culturally relevant nutrition education.
Hunger is a reality for many families around the world. In 2017, the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) estimated that in the U.S. alone, more than 40 million people face food insecurity, which it defines as limited or uncertain access to adequate food. That’s why we are working to break down the barriers to access to healthier, nutritious food.
Our philanthropy is focused on two areas: improving access and availability to healthier food and building individuals’ confidence to select, prepare and serve healthier food.
In 2010, we made our first public commitment to fight hunger – over $2 billion in grants and in-kind food donations to organizations on the front lines of fighting food insecurity. In 2015, Walmart and the Walmart Foundation committed to help provide 4 billion meals to people in need, and nutrition education to 4 million people by 2020. We have funding in place to reach both commitments ahead of schedule.
Our Focus Areas
In FY2019, Walmart donated more than 640 million pounds of food, over 55% of which was fruits, vegetables and meats. Those efforts are complemented by philanthropic investments to increase access and availability to healthier food by:
- Strengthening and protecting federal nutrition programs, specifically SNAP and WIC (i.e. technology to improve access to SNAP and WIC, including outreach, application assistance, program delivery and building capacity for advocacy).
- Scaling food recovery models for fresher food, specifically from retail and farm (i.e. approaches to distribute fresh food more quickly to people in need, such as in re-processing food and helping to better connect food available for donation with organizations who are able to distribute it).
- Evolving food distribution and meal programs to improve equitable access and outcomes, especially in communities experiencing higher rates of food insecurity (i.e. prototyping innovative approaches to fill gaps and better respond to needs, especially those with potential to scale).
In 2017, a Walmart Foundation grant to Code for America supported the integrated benefits initiative, which leverages technology and design to demonstrate a more human-centered social safety net.
Through philanthropy, we support programs and initiatives designed to encourage people to eat more fruits and vegetables. We look for programs and initiatives that help people select, prepare and serve healthier meals. This strategy supports programs that:
- Build nutrition literacy through evidence-based education programs (e.g. supporting schools in scaling access to educational content and delivery models and integrating education programs with initiatives increasing access to healthier foods).
- Improve people’s ability to efficiently and effectively find and connect with food resources in their communities (e.g. leveraging technology web tools and applications).
- Encourage healthier eating through evidence-based simplified nutrition messaging or programs that incentivize selection of healthier foods (e.g. targeting messages on digital platforms and implementing behavioral nudges).
We seek to fund organizations that have the capacity to administer sub-grants and build capacity across networks of organizations to scale proven strategies, test and evaluate place-based efforts or innovative approaches that could have the potential to scale in the future.
In 2018, the Walmart Foundation provided funding to UnidosUS to implement the Comprando Rico y Sano program, where promotores de salud (community health workers) conduct charlas (small educational sessions), grocery store tours, and cooking demonstrations to promote health-conscious shopping, smart food choices, and cost-saving strategies, as well as educate and enroll eligible Latinos into the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP).
The team at Walmart.org solicits proposals from eligible 501(c)(3) organizations (or equivalent organizations outside the U.S.) whose work directly relates to the above focus areas.
Prior to submitting program ideas using the Letter of Inquiry (LOI) format, please review the requirements and guidelines.