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Walmart: Joining together to help Flint

Friday, January 29, 2016  
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Kathleen McLaughlin|President Walmart Foundation and Chief Sustainability Officer, Walmart

Dear Jason,

Today, I traveled with Walmart's EVP for Corporate Affairs Dan Bartlett to Flint, Michigan toannounce support for the Flint communityas it struggles with contaminated water and damaged infrastructure. Walmart, Coca-Cola, Nestlé and PepsiCo have agreed to donate water to meet the daily needs of over 10,000 school children in the Flint Community and Genesee Intermediary School Districts for the balance of the calendar year. The donation translates to176 truckloads, or up to 6.5 million bottles of water, delivered to children in schoolsand other places where they gather after school and in the summer.

The situation in Flint is dire, and it really hit home for me as a parent and as a Walmart associate. We have many Walmart and Sam's Club associates and customers in the Flint community, and we wanted to do what we could to help. Although we had already been donating water and filters for many months, we wanted to do more to meet local needs.

After discussions with local public officials and community leaders, we reached out to our friends at Coca-Cola, Nestlé, and PepsiCo with the idea of combining our resources - our water, our logistics capabilities, our people who live and work in Flint - to provide water to children. Local leaders told us they would really appreciate us helping in this way to take care of one important task on their long and growing to-do list - taking care of kids. Our support this year will give them some breathing room to put in place longer-term solutions. We will also work with them and others to support recycling of the bottles.

We hope other companies will also contribute using their particular strengths to help the community.

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We are also encouraging individuals across the U.S. to support the Flint community gathers and posts the needs of local nonprofits in the wake of a disaster such as this to make it easier for people to focus their donations where needed most. As of today, several organizations have posted needs for water, filters, etc., including Mission of Hope, Catholic Charities, Think Beyond the Chair, and Dedicated Believers Ministries. Have a look and let me know what you think.


Kathleen McLaughlin
President Walmart Foundation & Chief Sustainability Officer, Walmart


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