The Walmart Foundation has set aside Cdn$1.87 million to fund non-profit organizations and programs that will reduce food waste in Canada
Bentonville, Ark. – Non-profit organizations working to reduce food waste in Canada have access to funds – thanks to Walmart.
In a statement, The Walmart Foundation says it is making Cdn$1.87 million available to fund proposals “from qualified organizations that have experience in formulating, proposing and implementing food waste reduction efforts.”
The foundation says it will consider requests between US$250,000 and US$1,000,000.
Walmart is looking at ways to reduce waste in its own operations “and achieve zero waste in key markets, including Canada, by 2025,” says the statement. The funding announcement is a way to build on that commitment.
According to the statement, Walmart’s Global Responsibility Report says “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.”
The statement says in Canada, Walmart “diverts 81 per cent of its operational waste through programs that divert more than a dozen waste streams from landfill.”
The foundation will consider applications from promising programs in three areas, as listed in the statement: