Friday, July 22, 2011

Gotta Love Walmart: Serving Food Deserts, Hiring Women in Brazil and Offering Free Healthcare

1. "Walmart announced that it will open between 275-300 stores serving the Department of Agriculture (USDA) designated food desert areas by 2016. These estimates are based on the company’s current real estate plans. These stores, in both urban and rural areas, will provide access to groceries for more than 800,000 people living in food deserts. Walmart made the announcement at the White House this week with First Lady Michelle Obama.

Since 2007, the company has opened 218 stores serving food deserts. The projected new and existing locations, totaling about 500 stores, will provide access to fresh and healthy food in more than 700 food deserts and will serve approximately 1.3 million people living in these areas. To be included in this figure, a person must both live in a USDA designated food desert area and be within one mile of an urban Walmart or within ten miles of a rural Walmart store."

2. "Unprecedented in the Brazilian retail market, Walmart Brazil launched a structured program aimed at hiring women to work in the construction of its new stores. The company will hire women trained through the Training Course for Women Bricklayers, promoted by city halls in partnership with the Department of Policies for Women (SPM) and the presidency.

A Sam’s Club in São Bernardo do Campo, in greater Sao Paulo, will be the first built using these women construction workers - around 50 female bricklayers will be hired for the project. By the end of the year, a total of 200 women will be employed by Walmart in cities that are building new stores and have professional training courses promoted by city halls and SPM."

3. "With back-to-school time just around the corner and kids still taking advantage of long days off from school, Sam’s Club is helping families by offering free children’s health and ID screenings across the country on Saturday, July 9, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Every Sam’s Club that has a pharmacy participated in the free screenings, which includes more than 500 locations in the U.S."

MP: For its ongoing humanitarian efforts and community service to enrich and empower low-income people around the world by: a) bringing fresh groceries to America's food deserts, b) empowering working women in Brazil, and c) providing free health care screenings to America's youth, I hereby nominate Walmart for the 2011 Nobel Peace Prize.  It has done more to lift people out of poverty than many of the past Peace Prize recipients like Mother Theresa, Al Gore, Jimmy Carter, Barack Hussein Obama, and the United Nations, combined.  

6 Comments:

At 7/22/2011 10:24 PM, Blogger arbitrage789 said...

Maybe we can export some of our trial lawyers to Brazil.

 
At 7/23/2011 6:35 AM, Blogger cluemeister said...

"Food desert" - Another silly term made up by liberal bureaucrats so they can make themselves more important by creating guidelines and rules, issuing reports, and handing out grants to those that agree.

 
At 7/23/2011 9:18 AM, Blogger VangelV said...

"Food desert" - Another silly term made up by liberal bureaucrats so they can make themselves more important by creating guidelines and rules, issuing reports, and handing out grants to those that agree.

While you may be right the term is accurate. It refers to areas where lousy lefty politics have driven businesses out and where residents have a hard time finding grocery stores. The left has opposed Wal-Mart setting up shop in such areas because the market would take away power from its bureaucracy.

 
At 7/23/2011 10:45 AM, Blogger morganovich said...

vangel-

yeah, i think you hit it on the head there.

there is nothing the left hates more than somehting that disrupts the dependency culture they seek to create to guarantee future votes.

hook them on aid, then tell them the other guys want to take it away.

it's really not that different than being a crack dealer.

 
At 7/23/2011 1:22 PM, Blogger NormanB said...

Women bricklayers? I've been there and the work is just too demanding for a woman's much lower muscle mass. FedEx drivers, etc are all ok. But bricklaying is tough, tough work if you do it eight hours a day. Foolishness.

 
At 7/23/2011 2:51 PM, Blogger Ron H. said...

"Women bricklayers? I've been there and the work is just too demanding for a woman's much lower muscle mass."

Lower muscle mass? Have you been to Brazil? :)

 

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