Walmart sending water to Flint

Walmart (NYSE:WMT) is sending millions of bottles of water to Flint, Michigan, to help with relief efforts after drinking water there was found to be contaminated with lead.

The retailer is partnering with Coca-Cola, Nestlé and PepsiCo to collect and donate water to "meet the daily needs of over 10,000 school children for the balance of the calendar year," according to a company statement.

In all, 176 truckloads, or 6.5 million bottles, of water is heading to Flint. The companies are working with Good360, a non-profit organization Walmart previously partnered with to help with disaster recovery efforts following Hurricane Katrina.

Walmart, Coca-Cola, Nestlé and PepsiCo have already donated close to 1 million bottles of water to Flint since July 2015. "The water crisis is personal to us here in Flint. Those affected include our own associates, customers and their families," said Beth Harris, store manager at Walmart, Flint. "Our associates are proud to be a part of the effort to help our friends and neighbors."

"At Walmart, we take pride in using our strengths to help communities like Flint during times of crisis, as we've done around the world in times of need," said Dan Bartlett, exec-VP of corporate affairs for Walmart. "We're working to ensure that the children of Flint, the city's most vulnerable citizens, have access to safe water."

For more:
-See this Walmart press release

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