Walmart is once again asking employees to donate canned goods to help their less-fortunate coworkers celebrate Thanksgiving.
An employee shared a photo Thursday afternoon of a donation bin set up at an Oklahoma store on the Making Change at Walmart Facebook page.
“Rather than agree to pay a decent wage or provide full-time hours, Walmart and its owners (the Waltons) continue to earn massive profits while too many of the workers who make the company a success go hungry,” said the caption to the posted photo.
A worker at an Indiana store told Making Change at Walmart that managers at her location were organizing bake sales and encouraging employees to donate food to their co-workers.
“We are all in need, but we feel a sort of obligation to take care of our co-workers who are also struggling,” said Tanya Roudebush, who works for Walmart in Frankfort, Indiana. “The cycle is crazy. It doesn’t make any sense.”
The retailer was widely criticized for setting up donation bins last year at an Ohio Walmart, but a company spokesperson said the food drive was proof its employees cared about one another.
The Making Change at Walmart group, which is made up of employees and community activists, is bringing food Thursday to workers who are striking in Ohio to protest low wages.
“My co-workers and I don’t want food bins,” said La’Randa Jackson, who works for Walmart in Cincinnati. “We want Walmart and the Waltons to improve pay and hours so that we can buy our own groceries.”
A report by Americans for Tax Fairness estimated that taxpayers spend $6.2 billion a year subsidizing low wages for Walmart employees through federal assistance programs.
However, nearly 20 percent of all food stamp revenue – about $13.5 billion a year — is spent by shoppers at Walmart.