Archive for the 'Charity' Category

WHAT $1,000 GETS WALMART…

Monday, April 18th, 2016

The headline on a story this morning informs us that Wal-Mart Donates $1,000 To Local Charities, Through Community Foundation Of The Lake. Good on you Walmart, you get a tax write off and good press for your $1,000 (which might be what? a nanosecond’s worth of sales?) but what about your workers who continue to […]

HOW MANY RECIPIENTS ARE WALMART KIDS…?

Sunday, September 6th, 2015

There are hungry children living in Indiana. That is a shameful fact for the wealthiest nation in the history of the Earth where the minimum wage does not provide enough money for a couple to feed themselves and their two children. Walmart leveled up in corporate infamy when the above photo went public two years […]

KATRINA HIT ONCE, WALMART HITS 24/7/365…

Tuesday, August 25th, 2015

We did what we could here in Cleveland to help the survivors of Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans. Walmart chipped in as well. On the 10th anniversary of New Orleans nearly disappearing, Walmart wants to feel good again and thinks that $5 million dollars a year for five years, spread across the whole globe, is […]

HOW MUCH DID WALMART CHILDREN GET…?

Sunday, August 16th, 2015

School starts next week and school-supply frenzy is in full swing. I can’t count the number of collection sites and pleas for donations I’ve seen in recent weeks for children whose parents can’t afford new clothes and supplies and all the other expenses required by a free public education. Once again Walmart has turned to […]

FIGHT HUNGER, SPARK CHANGE, AT WALMART…

Monday, April 6th, 2015

The best way for Walmart to fight hunger is to ensure that the people who work there have sufficient money at the end of the week—either by further raising wages or increasing hours—to put food on the table. Internally, Walmart prefers to ask workers to help workers instead of taking the lead. The Bentonvile Behemoth […]

CARE FOR THE WORKERS WITHIN YOUR GATES…

Tuesday, March 31st, 2015

There is a dictum in Jewish culture, based upon the repetition of permutations of the phrase widows, orphans and the strangers within your gates found in the Torah, that you take care of those closest to you so that they might not be a burden to others. Walmart needs to learn that concept and stop […]

WHAT’S IN WALMART CHILDREN’S BACKPACKS…?

Monday, March 30th, 2015

The Rock Hill Schools Education Foundation is doing good work—we have a similar program at one of my schools—and the money donated to the foundation by Walmart will enable further good work. I don’t give Walmart a pass on this tax-deductible contribution intended to create good public relations and warm fuzzy feelings (else why promote […]

DO WALMART CHILDREN MISS BREAKFAST…?

Wednesday, March 25th, 2015

I have taught in an inner-ring suburb school where the students seldom get a snow day, even when most other schools are closed, because the breakfast and lunch they get at school may be the only food they eat that day. Kids can’t learn when their stomachs are empty and their brains can’t draw on […]

WALMART SEEKING SOME GOODWILL…?

Friday, March 13th, 2015

Goodwill industries, an organization I support and place where I occasionally shop, has a long history of doing good work. The organization’s mission statement says that: Goodwill works to enhance the dignity and quality of life of individuals and families by strengthening communities, eliminating barriers to opportunity, and helping people in need reach their full […]

WHAT OF WALMART WORKER’S CHILDREN…?

Wednesday, February 18th, 2015

Court Appointed Special Advocates of the Pikes Peak Region received a $25,000 grant from the Walmart Foundation’s State Giving Program to expand advocacy programs for abused and neglected children in El Paso County. Specifically, this grant will support the third phase of CASA’s capacity-building volunteer management initiative called the Peer Coordinator Model. In a related […]

PETS OVER PEOPLE WORKERS…

Monday, February 9th, 2015

I love my four dogs and one cat. I get very upset about stories of abused animals. I know that people down on their luck will sacrifice their own health to feed their pets. When the Bentonvile Behemoth makes a donation of pet supplies to an event for those without a permanent address, however well… […]

SUNDAY MORNING WITH ROBERT FEINMAN…

Sunday, September 19th, 2010

Our co-blogger Robert Feinman passed in July 2009. Jonathan has already posted a best of series taken from Robert’s more than 600 posts to The Writing On The Wal. But Robert wrote elsewhere as well and, for some time, I’ve enjoyed a Sunday morning tradition of reading the essays he posted to his personal blog. […]

HOW DID WALMART DONATE $288 MILLION…?

Friday, August 13th, 2010

So, Walmart tops the corporate list of givers and a 35-year-old atheist, geeky, weird, learned, witty, snarky, inept, bookish, musical, Canadian female has a theory: Walmart is not the giver, Walmart is the conduit. It’s all about the flags. From One Minion’s Opinion: There are always paper flags waving around every one of those stores […]

Walmart employees are going to be the hungry before too long.

Thursday, May 13th, 2010

It’s rare that I’m less cynical about something Walmart does than Jeff is, but this may be one of those instances. I’ve been doing this long enough to remember when Walmart used to claim that donating food to the hungry would lead to their getting sued (even though there’s actually a law that says you […]

60 million pounds of food is not a lot.

Monday, April 5th, 2010

Via La Vida Locavore, I found an article from USC’s Hunger in California project about food waste in California supermarkets. Here is the entire section on Walmart: “Wal-Mart has a pretty terrible track record with throwing out perfectly edible food instead of donating it,” said Taylor Leake, a spokesperson for Wake-Up Walmart. But after years […]