Mississauga, ON (May 3, 2018) - Walmart Canada is proud to announce its second annual nationwide ‘Fight Hunger. Spark Change.’ campaign calling on Canadians to join the fight against hunger, raised enough funds to secure more than 12 million meals for Canadians, surpassing its goal of 10 million meals.
From April 5 to May 2, customers were invited to join in the fight against hunger with Walmart and its vendor partners to support Canadian families in need through Food Banks Canada and the network of more than 550 food banks who serve them.
“Walmart Canada remains committed to being part of the fight against food insecurity in Canada and ensuring Canadians have access to nutritious, safe food,” said Lee Tappenden, president and CEO of Walmart Canada. “Our associates, customers, and vendor partners continue to show overwhelming generosity to ensure food banks can support Canadians with food for themselves and their families.”
This year’s ‘Fight Hunger. Spark Change.’ campaign will build on Walmart’s continued effort to make an impact on the issue of hunger in Canada, which includes a commitment to provide meals to those in need and to address food waste and food insecurity by supporting the work of the food bank network in Canada.
In Canada, Walmart stores are paired with a local food bank and ensures good food is donated to those who need it most. In addition to food donations, Walmart Canada has donated more than $10.5 million since 2011 to Food Banks Canada and the Walmart Foundation has invested nearly $6 million to build capacity among Food Banks Canada affiliate food banks, meaning more trucks, more refrigerators and more people to get food from all sources to those who need it most. These grants from the Walmart Foundation are the first step in a multi-year, multi-million dollar commitment to meaningfully strengthen food security in Canada.
About Walmart Canada
Walmart Canada operates a chain of 410 stores nationwide serving more than 1.2 million customers each day. Walmart Canada's flagship online store, walmart.ca, is visited by 600,000 customers daily. With more than 85,000 associates, Walmart Canada is one of Canada's largest employers and is ranked one of the country's top 10 most influential brands. Walmart Canada's extensive philanthropy program is focused on supporting Canadian families in need, and since 1994 Walmart has raised and donated more than $300 million to Canadian charities. Additional information can be found at walmartcanada.ca, facebook.com/walmartcanada and at twitter.com/walmartcanada.
About Food Banks Canada
We provide national leadership to relieve hunger today and prevent hunger tomorrow in collaboration with the food bank network in Canada. Together, the food banking network assists over 860,000 Canadians who turn to food banks each month. Food Banks Canada leads national research to advance public policy so that we can build a Canada where no one goes hungry. Visit foodbankscanada.ca for more information.