A second Wal-Mart holds a food drive for employees

Undeterred by the uproar sparked earlier this week at another store, employees ask for help.

By MSN Money Partner Nov 21, 2013 2:40PM
Wal-Mart store in Secaucus, New Jersey / Jin Lee/Bloomberg via Getty ImagesBy Hayley Peterson, Business Insider

A second Wal-Mart (WMT) location in Ohio is holding an employee food drive for workers who are unable to afford Thanksgiving dinner.

The Wal-Mart in Franklin confirmed to Business Insider that it is asking employees to donate to other workers in need. The local Fox affiliate first reported on the drive

"A lot of associates can't even afford to buy a small turkey," Ricki Hahn, a seven-year employee of Wal-Mart, told the station. 

News of a similar food drive for a Wal-Mart located 200 miles away in Canton sparked outrage earlier this week. Activists say the drive proves that the retailer's wages are too low to provide for basic needs. 

Wal-Mart says the food drive has been taken out of context and that the company is proud of the wages it pays.

"We're proud of the pay and benefits at Walmart, but this issue has nothing to do with how much we pay our associates," spokesman David Tovar said in an email. "This story is simply about people being good neighbors, taking care of each other store by store, associate by associate."

"It’s unfortunate that an act of human kindness has been taken so out of context," Tovar added. 

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Nov 21, 2013 3:01PM

"Wal-Mart says the food drive has been taken out of context and that the company is proud of the wages it pays..."


Plus their employees no longer have to buy their own work shackles...

Nov 21, 2013 4:08PM
How about this Waltons? Instead of allowing your employees to have a Food Drive to help each other on the Holidays, why don't you buy them there Holiday Dinner, and allow them to stay home on the Holiday to eat it with there family?
Nov 21, 2013 3:44PM
And how much is Wal*Mart itself putting into the boxes?
Nov 21, 2013 4:22PM

How can Wal-Mart be proud with their wages when in the article above one of the employees says that some of them can't afford a turkey at 59 cents a pound and this company is saying it is proud of its wages they must live on another planet if the wages are so good why the food drive for the help and not for the really needy like so many other big and small companies do.


I hate Wal-Mart won't shop there

Nov 21, 2013 4:24PM

$17 Billion in profits...while employees can't even afford to eat properly.

I'm done with Walmart.

Nov 21, 2013 3:59PM
I think the write of the article forgot to add the bit about why the food drive was organized: its to help fellow employees who lost everything in the recent tornadoes.
Nov 21, 2013 3:43PM
Wal-Mart = Welfare Queeen. Can't 'afford' to pay employees a living wage. They expect my tax doolars to feed their workforce. Something wrong with their busineess model? AND they are proud of socking it to the taxpayer. Teapublican Party of No superstar employer!
Nov 21, 2013 3:59PM
Nov 21, 2013 4:09PM

WalMart has internal program for "Associates in Need" which is what Mr. Tovar is vaguely referring to.  However, this program is suppose to be to help those associates that have faced some unforeseen circumstance or catastrophy.  But now this internal program has been made external requesting WalMart customers, whom WalMart executives themselves admitted are in the lower economic levels, to subsidize their workers.  Really?  Can't believe WalMart 'execs' signed off on this program...  Twist it as you may Mr. Tovar, it does point finger back! 

Nov 21, 2013 4:27PM

$17 Billion in profits while their employees are going hungry...in America!

I will not support an employer who pays starvation/slave-wages....


Nov 21, 2013 4:24PM
wait a minute, they are supplying the bins, that shows how much they care, NOT, LMAO. if they are spending any money to help their employees, how can they put fuel in there 14 jets? if worthless mart spent more time helping, than, coming up with their perfect worded excuses/lies you might have some happy employees. will never shop there.
Nov 21, 2013 4:35PM
In a normal society, a person working full time or close to that, and  six months or longer on the job ( relatively experienced) should be able to provide for  basic  necessities ( that includes  occasional holiday meal)  for self and one or two dependants without any charities or welfares. If the job does not pay that, it's either a job that shouldn't exist, or the employer is too greedy. It's that simple.
Nov 21, 2013 3:35PM

So now people have to decide which box to put food in?  Geeze between the HACAP and toys for tots drop offs and the salvation Army kettles one could go broke from charity.

Nov 21, 2013 3:51PM

I guess this is the 'there's more to WalMart' that I see advertised on TV.

Nov 21, 2013 4:10PM
Maybe you guys should upgrade your work strategy and become a little bit more sophisticated. My opinion. Workers in Wal-mart needs to interact with their customers more and they also need a higher wage.
How about holding a food drive for Philippines? They need help and we should help them

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