- The Washington Times - Thursday, April 2, 2009

BENTONVILLE, ARK. (AP) - Wal-Mart Stores Inc. and its charitable foundations gave $423 million in cash and in-kind gifts for the company’s 2009 fiscal year, a 25 percent increase from a year ago.

The retailer said Thursday that Wal-Mart in the U.S. gave $378 million and that its international stores gave $45.5 million in cash and in-kind gifts.

Wal-Mart said its workers and customers gave an additional $106 million through in-store giving programs that benefit local charities.

The company said in-kind contributions include more than 33 million pounds of meat, fresh produce and other foods that were donated to food banks. The company also supports various disaster relief efforts.

Other aid has gone to military families, the Salvation Army, the Children’s Miracle Network, the Special Olympics and numerous other entities.

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