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Wal-Mart donates $53.5 million to N.C. charities

In this Thursday, June 4, 2015, photo, shoppers walk from the checkout at a Wal-Mart Supercenter store in Springdale, Ark.
In this Thursday, June 4, 2015, photo, shoppers walk from the checkout at a Wal-Mart Supercenter store in Springdale, Ark. AP

Retail giant Wal-Mart said over the last fiscal year it has given more than $53.5 million in contributions to North Carolina charitable organizations focused on healthy eating and fighting hunger, workforce development, disaster preparedness and more.

The donations to North Carolina charities are part of the $1.42 billion dollars in total giving by Wal-Mart and the Wal-Mart Foundation in fiscal year 2016, the Arkansas-based company said in a statement Monday.

The donations, Wal-Mart added, are aimed at building on its commitments of “creating economic opportunity for associates and others in the retail and related sectors, enhancing the sustainability of Wal-Mart’s operations and product supply chain and strengthening communities in places where Wal-Mart operates.”

Also in North Carolina, Wal-Mart said it donated 28 million pounds of food, or nearly 23 million meals, to local food banks in the 2016 fiscal year. The retailer also said it collaborated with the Food Bank of Central and Eastern North Carolina to help with the purchase of transportation and operations equipment.

“The funds provided last year allowed the Food Bank to strengthen our infrastructure, which ultimately allows us to distribute more food to those in need,” said Peter Werbicki, president and CEO of the Food Bank of Central & Eastern North Carolina.

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