Wal-Mart gets Charitable

Reading through the New York Times after class today I was pleased to find this great article on Wal-Mart’s plan to give a proposed 2 billion dollars to food programs for the poor over the next five years. The article discusses many of the issues we talked about in class today such as the fact the 1 in 8 Americans receives food assistance. While I am not a fan of Wal-Mart, I must applaud them for this food assistance program and the way in which they are carrying it out. It is evident that they were advised by people who truly understand the problems facing food shelters. Instead of just giving away a lot of non-perishable food, Wal-Mart is giving money to improve food shelter infrastructure so that shelters will be able to provide fresh food to recipients. Since poor nutrition is unfortunately linked to poverty and the inability to purchase fresh food the emphasis on fresh wholesome food is a laudable goal. The article does not mention anything thing about it, but I am curious if Wal-Mart will be providing money for food education along the food itself. Even if this is just an act to improve the company’s image, the money spent on infrastructure should make a real difference in many communities.

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