Private fleet truck drivers for Walmart -- already among the safest drivers in the country -- drove extra carefully during the week from Aug. 6-12, and for every accident-free mile they drove during that week, the Walmart Foundation made a financial contribution to local schools.
The Walmart Foundation is donating one cent for each accident-free mile driven by drivers at each Walmart transportation office. A school in the home region of each transportation office will receive at least $1,000 and as much as $5,000, based on the safety performance of local drivers.
During last year's program, Walmart transportation offices nationwide contributed more than $133,000 to schools in their communities.
"This is just one of the many ways Walmart supports education across the country," said Joe Steen, general transportation manager at the Greencastle Walmart distribution center.
"It's also a great way to engage all of our drivers in raising money for our local schools," Steen added. "This program serves as a great reminder to each of us that children are returning to classes and all drivers need to watch carefully for school buses and school children."
Walmart's private fleet is one of the largest in the United States and its more than 11,000 associates, including 7,400 drivers, support more than 4,400 Walmart and Sam's Club locations.