Walmart and the Walmart Foundation have committed $25 million to support organizations on the front lines responding to the outbreak of the global COVID-19 pandemic.
The funds will be used to strengthen the global public health response, bolster food security, and support the needs of local communities in the U.S. and internationally. The commitment is intended to provide:
• $5 million to support global efforts to help countries prevent, detect and manage the coronavirus;
• $10 million to support food banks, school meal programs and organizations that provide access to food for underserved populations; and
• $10 million to support efforts in local communities in the United States and international markets.
“In times of need, we see communities come together to do extraordinary things,” said Kathleen McLaughlin, executive VP and chief sustainability officer for Walmart and president of the Walmart Foundation. “This pandemic is no different. We are humbled by the efforts of our store associates, nonprofit partners, and citizens across the globe who are coming together to support those in need. We hope these grants will help to expand critical response efforts as we continue to work together to address the impact of COVID-19.”
The first grants are expected to be issued this week.