The Global Alliance for the Future of Food is pleased to welcome Walton Family Foundation to its strategic alliance of philanthropic foundations working together to transform global food systems now and for future generations. This brings the alliance up to 27 international foundations committed to strategic, collaborative action for food systems transformation.
The Walton Family Foundation is, at its core, a family-led foundation. Three generations of the descendants of founders, Sam and Helen Walton, and their spouses, are working together to lead the foundation and create access to opportunity for people and communities.
In recognition that those who are closest to a challenge are often closest to its solution, the foundation works with farmers, fishermen, ranchers, businesses, and conservationists across three focus areas: improving education, protecting rivers and oceans and the communities they support, and investing in the family’s home region of Northwest Arkansas and the Arkansas-Mississippi Delta.
Moira Mcdonald, Walton Family Foundation: “We are excited to join the Global Alliance because we see the strength of working and thinking together with other philanthropies working to transform global food systems. While most of our grant-making focuses on making agriculture more resilient in the United States and fisheries more sustainable in key countries, we think others who are focused on the healthy, equitable, renewable, and culturally diverse aspects of food systems will offer interesting perspectives that can help inform our work.”
Ruth Richardson, Executive Director, Global Alliance for the Future of Food, said: “We are pleased to welcome the Walton Family Foundation to the membership, where we meet in shared responsibility to better understand the impacts of food systems, address the most harmful practices, and find new positive pathways forward, together.”