Walmart Holds Food Drive ... for Its Own Workers

It's asking other workers to help them out

By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff

Posted Nov 18, 2013 2:25 PM CST

(Newser) – An Ohio Walmart store wants to make sure its workers can enjoy a Thanksgiving dinner—so it's asking them to give each other enough food to do so. The Canton store has set up bins in an employee-only area under a sign that reads, "Please donate food items here so Associates in Need can enjoy Thanksgiving Dinner." One employee, apparently not appreciating this generous holiday effort, snapped a photo and sent it to the labor group OUR Walmart, the Cleveland Plain Dealer reports.

The photo has sparked outrage, but Walmart isn't denying its legitimacy. A spokesman for the chain said it was a store-level program, but that the larger corporation applauded. "This is part of the company's culture to rally around associates and take care of them," a spokesman for the chain said. At least one worker at the Canton store agreed, saying the drive had helped her in the past. But the associate who shot the picture called it a "demoralizing" and "kind of depressing" admission that the company understands workers are struggling, but won't expend its own resources to help.

This photo, which is being circulated by the activist labor group OUR Walmart, purports to show food drive bins in a WalMart employees area.
This photo, which is being circulated by the activist labor group OUR Walmart, purports to show food drive bins in a WalMart employees area.   (OUR Walmart)
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