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Walmart Foundation offers new grants to encourage food waste reduction


Thursday, August 3, 2017

The Walmart Foundation says it is making $1.87 million available to fund proposals from eligible non-profit organizations working to reduce food waste in Canada.

The Foundation is seeking proposals from qualified organizations that have experience in formulating, proposing and implementing food waste reduction efforts. Requests between $250,000 and $1 million (U.S.) will be considered.

The announcement builds on the retailer’s commitment to reduce waste in its own operations and achieve zero waste in key markets, including Canada, by 2025. According to Walmart’s Global Responsibility Report, the retailer has diverted 77 per cent of waste from unsold food, other unsold products, and materials from landfill through a variety of initiatives including food donations, repurposing products, and composting. In Canada, Walmart diverts 81 per cent of its operational waste.

“Canadian organizations are doing tremendous work in this arena, and we are excited to provide additional support. Our goal is to fund innovation in communities, and help the best projects expand,” said Kathleen McLaughlin, chief sustainability officer, Wal-Mart Stores, Inc., and president of the Walmart Foundation.

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