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Walmart Commits $25M, Southwest Grocers Help High-Risk Groups

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As the coronavirus pandemic continues to affect the lives of people around the world, grocers across the United States are providing information to keep their customers informed and some are changing their operating hours.

In the Southwest, Walmart is giving millions to aid the Covid-19 response efforts, and grocers Homeland and Harps are working to keep their customers safe.

To help meet the critical needs resulting from the global Covid-19 pandemic, Walmart and the Walmart Foundation have committed $25 million to support organizations on the front lines responding to the outbreak.

“In times of need, we see communities come together to do extraordinary things. This pandemic is no different,” said Kathleen McLaughlin, EVP and chief sustainability officer for Bentonville, Arkansas-based Walmart and president of the Walmart Foundation. “We are humbled by the efforts of our store associates, nonprofit partners and citizens across the globe who are coming together to support those in need. We hope these grants will help to expand critical response efforts as we continue to work together to address the impact of Covid-19.”

The funds will be used to strengthen the global public health response, bolster food security and support the needs of local communities in the U.S. and internationally. The commitment is intended to provide:

  • $5 million to support global efforts to help countries prevent, detect and manage the coronavirus;
  • $10 million to support food banks, school meal programs and organizations that provide access to food for underserved populations; and
  • $10 million to support efforts in local communities in the United States and international markets.

The first grants are expected to be issued this week. Details regarding individual grants will be made available as they are finalized.


Homeland dedicates first hour to high-risk customers

Homeland, an Oklahoma employee-owned company, says effective immediately it is dedicating the first hour of store operations to senior customers and those who have a medical condition that puts them at risk from Covid-19.Homeland logo Covid-19 coronavirus pandemic

“In keeping with the company’s mission of serving our communities, our employee owners want to provide these at-risk customers with the ability purchase their grocery needs in a less populated environment. Support is appreciated as we strive to serve all our valued customers in an efficient and safe manner,” according to CEO and President Marc Jones.

He added that due to “the unprecedented demand for grocery and paper products nationally, the company has been faced with difficulties in both the availability and delivery of some products.” 

Jones said the company is working to increase delivery schedules and procure additional product from multiple warehouses and vendor partners.  Store staffing has been increased for restocking, sanitizing and serving local communities.  

“Homeland and its affiliated stores takes great pride in providing vital services to all of their neighbors through these unprecedented times,” Jones said.

Homeland is part of the HAC Inc. grocery chain headquartered in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. As of 2020 HAC operates 78 grocery stores in Oklahoma, Texas, Kansas and Georgia. HAC, Inc. operates under multiple banners including Food World, Piggly Wiggly, Country Mart, United, Cash Saver, Super Save, Food Pyramid and Homeland.


Harps offers free delivery for Covid-19 high-risk groupsHarps logo Covid-19 coronavirus pandemic

Springdale, Arkansas-based Harps is offering free home delivery to customers who are considered at risk during the Covid-19 health crisis. Customers may shot online at or by downloading the Instacart app on any iOS or Android device.

This offer is valid through March 31 and requires a minimum $35 purchase. Delivery is available at participating Harps locations.

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