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Walmart reports increase in global giving

BY DSN STAFF

BENTONVILLE, Ark. — Walmart announced that, through the Walmart Foundation, it has donated $319 million in cash and $480 million in in-kind contributions around the globe during the fiscal year ended Jan. 31.

According to Walmart, the company’s U.S. giving grew by 64%, largely due to donations of produce, meats, poultry and other nutritious food to local food banks from Walmart stores, Sam’s Club locations and distribution centers.

"For many years we have used our size and scale to develop programs that have a positive impact on the serious social issues in the U.S. and around the globe," said Bill Simon, president and CEO of Walmart U.S. "Our funding is helping families put nutritious meals on kitchen tables, break barriers to finding jobs and gain access to a quality education. Through the programs that we support, millions of people are overcoming challenges and living better lives."

Walmart’s charitable donations in the fiscal year 2011 include:

  • $732 million in cash and in-kind gifts in the United States, up from $467 million in fiscal year ending 2010;

  • $66.8 million in cash and in-kind gifts in international markets, up from $45 million in fiscal year ending 2010;

  • $114 million from Walmart’s customers and associates through in-store giving programs that benefit local charities; and

  • $913 million in total charitable contributions from Walmart, its foundations, its customers and its associates around the globe in fiscal year ending 2011.

 

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Celebrating special moments with Blu-ray, DVD release of family films

BY Allison Cerra

LOS ANGELES — April marks Family Moments Month, and 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment is celebrating with the Blu-ray and DVD release of several films for the whole family to enjoy.

Part of Fox’s yearlong Million Moments campaign, the studio releases films group thematically by month.

This Easter, 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment and MGM will release such favorites as "Ice Age," "Ice Age 2: The Meltdown" and "Ice Age 3: Dawn of the Dinosaurs," "Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel," "Horton Hears a Who," "Pink Panther 2," and "Night at the Museum 2: Battle of the Smithsonian" on Blu-ray and DVD. Such classic films as "Chitty Chitty Bang Bang" and "The Sound of Music" also will be part of the April releases.

For more information, visit Yearofamillionmoments.com.

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Walk with Walgreens kicks off in New York’s Times Square

BY Michael Johnsen

NEW YORK — Walgreens on Wednesday morning launched a national health initiative, Walk with Walgreens, here at its flagship store in Times Square.

The new initiative was created to lead to the prevention and early detection of leading diseases, including cancer, heart disease and diabetes, the pharmacy operator stated.

"Walk with Walgreens inspires people to take the small steps that lead to a well-life, making walking even more rewarding," stated Kim Feil, Walgreens chief marketing officer. "We’re creating a simple, national walking movement — walk, log, get rewards. It’s another way we’re educating and engaging our customers to help them stay well and live well."

To help kick off the event, “The Biggest Loser” host Alison Sweeney and New York Giants defensive end Justin Tuck, joined with Walgreens executives Kim Feil, chief marketing officer, and Cheryl Pegus, chief medical officer, on the maiden walk through New York City. "As a working mom with a hectic schedule, finding time to walk every day is a top priority," Sweeney said. "I’m proud to be a part of Walk with Walgreens because it’s a great way for people to become more aware of the importance of every step they take — how easy it is and how rewarding it can be in improving your health and helping you save."

Joan Lunden, award-winning broadcast journalist, best-selling author and longtime advocate for a number of preventive health causes, also is associated with the program. Lunden is serving as a weekly contributor to the Walk with Walgreens website and was likewise on hand for the kickoff event.

Walk with Walgreens is an online community and digital platform that enables members to log the steps they take and get rewards, in the form of weekly coupons, redeemable at Walgreens stores nationwide. Participants also can learn about the health benefits of walking, set walking goals, find local community walks and share content and information with family and friends through the site.

People can register online, where they will receive a virtual starter kit to begin the program. Registration also is available in the photo department at any Walgreens store or by texting "walk" to 21525. To celebrate the launch, Walgreens also will make a $1 donation for every new Walk with Walgreens registration in April, up to $100,000, to the aforementioned national health organizations as part of the Walgreens Way to Well Commitment. The Way to Well Commitment is a four-year, $100 million health initiative to bring preventive health care resources, health testing services and charitable programs to Walgreens stores nationwide — helping to improve the everyday health of Americans through prevention and early detection of today’s leading diseases.

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