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November 20, 2013

Walmart Under Fire Over Store's Food Drive for Workers

A nonprofit group that advocates for Walmart employees is blasting the retail giant, which has drawn criticism for its workers' pay and benefits, over reports that a Canton, Ohio, store is holding a Thanksgiving food drive for needy employees, USA Today writes.

The Organization United for Respect at Walmart posted a photo on its Facebook page of donation bins at the store requesting food items "so Associates in Need can enjoy Thanksgiving dinner." In a statement, the advocacy group said, "We don't want handouts, we want an employer that pays us enough to cover Thanksgiving dinner for our families."

Brooke Buchanan, a Walmart spokeswoman, said the Canton food drive is one of many held at various stores during the year for workers going through difficult times. The company itself does not contribute to the employee-led drives.

"This program was completely taken out of context," Ms. Buchanan said. "We are offended. This was an act of human kindness for our associates."