Walmart Associates Pack Food For NWA Charity

All 14,000 Walmart associates and shareholders were at Arvest Ballpark Thursday night for two reasons: to enjoy a classic American past time, and to pack 10,000 bags for hungry kids.

Associates from countries across the globe packed snacks and food items to give to the Samaritan Community Center in Rogers. The center will give the bags to 95 schools in Northwest Arkansas, to distribute to 6500 kids this summer.

Shareholders began arriving in Northwest Arkansas Sunday, spending the week experiencing the culture of our country and our area.

Johan Baer has been to the shareholder’s meeting before, but he said every year has been fun.

“The schedule is the same, the events are about the same, but the fact that we have new people coming every year…that’s the fun of it, that’s really what the difference is, it’s really exciting to meet a lot of new people every year,” Baer said.

Other associates were visiting Northwest Arkansas for the first time.

One associate from Ohio said they enjoyed helping out a local charity.

“We’ve made brand new lasting friendship, and the exciting part was the Fight for Hunger, and how they help the community and the hungry kids…that really is exciting,” the associate said.

A group from Fort Worth Texas wanted the community to know how welcome they felt in Bentonville and Fayetteville.

“Thanks for having us,” They said, “Walmart has been great, and it has just been fabulous, everyone has been so nice and it’s been a lot of fun…we can’t wait to come back.”

The Walmart Shareholder’s week wraps up Friday at 7 a.m. with the shareholder’s meeting in Bud Walton Arena.

5 comments

  • That guy

    Wow, you can’t make this stuff up.

    So these “associates” are bagging up meals for the needy? These associates are shills of Walmart aka upper management. These are not the everyday Walmart store worker…

    The statistics of actual associates within Walmart on food stamps in this country speaks volumes.

    It’s just sickening to me. I’ve worked for the company, and I’ve seen so much… Including getting cheated out of overtime hours.

  • THATS FUNNY

    Here’s the whole story… click LIKE and SHARE to spread the word.
    “Around the time that the young Sam Walton opened his first stores, John Kennedy redeemed a presidential campaign promise by persuading Congress to extend the minimum wage to retail workers, who had until then not been covered by the law. Congress granted an exclusion, however, to small businesses with annual sales beneath $1 million — a figure that in 1965 it lowered to $250,000.Walton was furious. The mechanization of agriculture had finally reached the backwaters of the Ozark Plateau, where he was opening one store after another. The men and women who had formerly worked on small farms suddenly found themselves redundant, and he could scoop them up for a song, as little as 50 cents an hour. Now the goddamn federal government was telling him he had to pay his workers the $1.15 hourly minimum. Walton’s response was to divide up his stores into individual companies whose revenues did not exceed the $250,000 threshold. Eventually, though, a federal court ruled that this was simply a scheme to avoid paying the minimum wage, and he was ordered to pay his workers the accumulated sums he owed them, plus a double-time penalty thrown in for good measure. Wal-Mart cut the checks, but Walton also summoned the employees at a major cluster of his stores to a meeting. ‘I’ll fire anyone who cashes the check,’ he told them.”

  • FedUp

    Unhappy with your employment at Walmart? Then simply quit and go work where you will be happy.

  • THATS FUNNY

    America’s richest family contributes almost none of their personal wealth to the family’s charity, according to a new report by the Walmart 1 Percent.

    The Waltons are the wealthiest family in the United States and control a majority of shares in Walmart. Six members of the family are among the 85 wealthiest individuals in the world, a group whose wealth is greater than half of the world’s population.

    While other extremely wealthy philanthropists, such as Bill Gates and Warren Buffet, contribute over 25 percent of their net worth to their charitable efforts, members of the Walton family have given less than 0.04 percent to their family foundation. Meanwhile, according to The Chronicle of Philanthropy, ordinary middle-income Americans contribute six percent of their income to charity.

    The report is based on an analysis of 23 years of tax returns from the Walton Family Foundation and outlines just how little members of the Walton family have contributed to their family’s charitable foundation over that period:

    Rob Walton, chairman of Walmart’s board of directors, has not made a single contribution to the Foundation.

    Alice Walton has not given a single dollar to the Foundation.

    Jim Walton made one personal contribution of $3 million to the Walton Family Foundation, more than 15 years ago.

    The total contributions of Rob, Jim, Alice, and Christy Walton, and their family holding company to the Walton Family Foundation amount to $58.49 million, equivalent to:
    •0.04% of their net worth
    •Less than one week’s worth of the Walmart dividends they will receive this year
    •Less than the estimated value of Rob Walton’s collection of vintage sports cars

    Instead of contributing their own money, the Walton family relies on charitable lead annuity trusts (CLATs) to fund the foundation. The report suggests that the primary role of the foundation is not to give charitably, but rather to increase the family’s personal wealth through tax avoidance schemes. Using CLATs, a previous report released by Americans for Tax Fairness indicated the family successfully avoids an estimated $3 billion per year in estate taxes:

    “CLATs are a type of trust invented by financial planners to take advantage of loopholes in the tax code with the objective of minimizing gift and estate tax liability when family wealth passes between generations. Among financial planners serving wealthy clients it is widely understood that, under the right conditions, a CLAT can be used to completely eliminate – or ‘zero out’ – estate and gift taxes on the inter-generational transfer of wealth.”

    Members of OUR Walmart, the organization of current and former employees calling for higher wages and better working conditions at Walmart, have questioned why they must rely on food stamps when they work at the most profitable company in the country, owned by one of the world’s richest families. The gap between the Walton family and its employees is staggering. Last year, for example, employees at one store in Canton, Ohio, gained national attention after hosting a holiday canned food drive for each other. Without adequate hours and wages, many Walmart associates are forced to rely on taxpayer-funded assistance such as food stamps and Medicaid.

    As part of their ongoing effort to stand up to Walmart’s greed, this week members of OUR Walmart will be going on strike in cities across the country to bring attention to the company’s retaliation against employees that have spoken out against income inequality. As documented in our 2013 report, many employees that have spoken out for better working conditions at Walmart have faced retaliation, including being outright fired.

    As controllers of the majority of Walmart shares, the Waltons are in a position to provide hourly associates among the company’s 1.4 million employees a much-needed pay increase. Despite their extreme wealth, the Waltons have ignored calls from Walmart employees to provide adequate hours and a minimum annual compensation of $25,000.

    While Walmart hourly associates struggle to make ends meet, the company’s board approved significant compensation packages for top executives this year. A Walmart CEO earns 1,034 times the average workers’ salary, the highest CEO-to-worker pay ratio among Fortune 500 companies. Incredibly, Walmart’s new president and CEO, Doug McMillon, recently claimed he’s just another associate, despite being compensated $9.56 million last year. As long as the Waltons continue to ignore the cries of Walmart associates in favor of increasing their own personal wealth, employees at the world’s largest retailer will continue to be forced to take bolder action to make their voices heard.

    Read the entire report at Walmart 1 Percent.

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