Walmart Donates $2 Million To Make Food Banks Energy-Efficient

The Walmart Foundation recently announced that it would make a $2 million donation to help food banks save money on their energy bills.

Food banks rely entirely on donations to provide canned and perishable food items to families in need. Thanks to the recession, donations have dwindled while demand for assistance has soared.

Because of the massive donation, 16 food banks across the country will become more energy efficient through simple and relatively low-cost upgrades to lighting, refrigeration or heating and air conditioning equipment that performs better, uses less energy and costs less to operate.

“In addition to helping reduce operating costs, these improvements will make the Food Bank a more environmentally-friendly organization —something that is very important to us,” said Lucy Cabrera, president and CEO of Food Bank For New York City, which recieved nearly $383,000 of Walmart’s donation.

The Foundation estimates this donation will save the food banks more than $625,000 in energy costs (enough to buy 390,000 pounds of food) and reduce energy use by more than 5.2 million kilowatt hours (enough to power more than 400 homes for a year).
 
In May 2010, Walmart and the Walmart Foundation announced a $2 billion cash and in-kind commitment through the end of 2015.

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57 comments

Terry V.
Terry V.2 years ago

thanks

John S.
Past Member 4 years ago

Thanks.

Niculescu Bogdan
Niculescu Bogdan5 years ago

very cool

Dana W.
Dana W.5 years ago

For $2 million you would think more than 16 food banks could be helped.

Brenda P.
Brenda P.5 years ago

I am glad to see Walmart do something for the poor. But you would be surprise who sometime get this food if they have friends working at the food bank. People who has plenty of money. I have seem this with my own eyes. I am not saying every food bank is this awful.

clara H.
Clara Hamill5 years ago

They are doing this because they need the tax break and their former workers that they pushed out can eat. Nice job.

Barbara Erdman
Barbara Erdman5 years ago

cooool Walmart :)

Amber M.
Amber Beasley5 years ago

that's awesome. Walmart is finally doing some good things....but not because they care, because they're trying to save their butts because they know that a lot of people are finding out what a horrible corporation it is.

Rachael S.
Rachael S.5 years ago

It seems like Walmart is trying to improve its public image. It buys so much from China, shipping everything in giant cargo ships that use millions of gallons of oil.
Something is better than nothing, but if they really wanted to make a difference they should change some of their basic practices that could have a huge impact.

David N.
David N.5 years ago

what good will this do when Walmart purchases heavily in China where a lot of time workers are paid slave wages if they are paid at all. If Walmart wants to make a true contribution then demand better working conditions for those who make the products it sell then it will have made an impact in peoples lives!!

But $2 Million from a company the size of Walmart is pathetic!! Is just Walmart trying to make themselves look better then they really are.