Walmart and the Walmart Foundation have supported The Shoreline Soup Kitchens & Pantries (SSKP) by donating food, as well as generous funding. In 2015, the Walmart Foundation’s grant of $25,000 was used to purchase fresh and non-perishable food, which was distributed weekly to residents in an 11-town region through SSKP’s five food pantries. In the state of Connecticut, Walmart donated over two million pounds of food to local food banks—over 1.7 million meals in the last fiscal year.
Walmart and the Walmart Foundation donated over $4.6 million to support organizations and programs in Connecticut, supporting nonprofits like The Shoreline Soup Kitchens & Pantries. Nationwide, Walmart and the Walmart Foundation announced that over the last fiscal year they gave more than $1.42 billion in cash and in-kind contributions to support extensive social and environmental work. The contributions have furthered Walmart’s “whole systems” approach to continue advancing its commitments to creating economic opportunity for associates and others in the retail and related sectors, enhancing the sustainability of Walmart’s operations and product supply chain, and strengthening communities in places where Walmart operates.
"Throughout the year, it is both enlightening and rewarding to connect with and support organizations that are improving the lives of Connecticut residents in so many ways," Walmart Director of Public Affairs Chris Buchanan said. "Seeing the cumulative impact Walmart's support has had across the state in the last fiscal year - with total contributions of over $4.6 million and over two million pounds of food - is beyond gratifying. Walmart is proud to be a partner in the important work these non-profits do."
“The generous gifts of food and funds received from Walmart help assure that all our neighbors on the shoreline will have a place to turn in times of struggle. With their grant of $25,000 last year, we were able to provide enough food for over 64,100 meals to those in need, and additional donated food helped fill our pantry shelves. We are truly grateful to Walmart for its long term commitment to our mission of providing food and fellowship,” said Patty Dowling, Executive Director of Shoreline Soup Kitchens & Pantries.
About Philanthropy at Walmart
By using our strengths to help others, Walmart and the Walmart Foundation create opportunities for people to live better every day. We have stores in 28 countries, employing more than 2.3 million associates and doing business with thousands of suppliers who, in turn, employ millions of people. We are helping people live better by accelerating upward job mobility and economic development for the retail workforce; addressing hunger and making healthier, more sustainably-grown food a reality; and building strong communities where we operate and inspiring our associates to give back. Whether it is helping to lead the fight against hunger in the United States with $2 billion in cash and in-kind donations or supporting Women’s Economic Empowerment through a series of grants totaling $10 million to the Women in Factories training program in Bangladesh, China, India and Central America, Walmart and the Walmart Foundation are not only working to tackle key social issues, we are also collaborating with others to inspire solutions for long-lasting systemic change. To learn more about Walmart’s giving, visit foundation.walmart.com.
Volunteers at SSKP’s Westbrook Pantry, which distributes food every Tuesday. Last year enough food for over 1 million meals was distributed by SSKP’s five food pantries.