With the catastrophic storms, power outages and water shortages affecting Texas, Tennessee, Louisiana and Mississippi, Walmart, Sam's Club and the Walmart Foundation are committing up to $1 million in cash and in-kind product donations to help with response efforts.
As part of the commitment, funds will support Feeding Texas' emergency response efforts in Houston, San Antonio, Austin, Dallas, the Rio Grande Valley and other areas across the state impacted by winter weather. Food banks in these areas are working hard to set up critical distribution locations to connect those in need with food and essential items. Additionally, funds will also support response efforts in Tennessee, Louisiana and Mississippi.
"Hundreds of thousands of Texans are going to turn to food banks in the days and weeks to come, on top of the millions already struggling to feed their families during the pandemic," said Celia Cole, CEO of Feeding Texas. "We are grateful for the Walmart Foundation's incredible generosity during these challenging times. This donation will help Texas food banks keep their communities nourished and resilient through this crisis."
Walmart is tracking the winter weather across the country in real time and has activated its Emergency Operations Center at the Walmart Home Office to support associates in the field. During times of disaster, the company's priority is the safety of associates, helping those displaced and affected by the storms. Walmart has also dedicated emergency support teams helping stores get much needed supplies and products in stock and on shelves as quickly as possible.
"This extreme winter weather is leaving our associates, customers and communities without heat, water and electricity, the basic services we all depend on every day," said Dan Bartlett, executive vice president of corporate affairs for Walmart Inc. "We gladly leverage our resources to help these hard-hit communities, and we stand with Texas and all those affected."
Walmart has a long history of providing aid in time of disasters, helping communities prepare and recover by donating emergency supplies, such as food and water, home, and personal products. Since FY2017, Walmart and the Walmart Foundation have donated more than $58 million in cash and in-kind donations to support disaster preparedness and relief efforts.
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