A second Wal-Mart location in Ohio is holding an employee food drive for workers who are unable to afford Thanksgiving dinner.
The Wal-Mart in Franklin confirmed to Business Insider that it is asking employees to donate to other workers in need. The local Fox affiliate first reported on the drive.
“A lot of associates can’t even afford to buy a small turkey,” Ricki Hahn, a seven-year employee of Wal-Mart, told the station.
News of a similar food drive for a Wal-Mart located 200 miles away in Canton sparked outrage earlier this week. Activists say the drive proves that the retailer’s wages are too low to provide for basic needs.
Wal-Mart says the food drive has been taken out of context and that the company is proud of the wages it pays.
“We’re proud of the pay and benefits at Walmart, but this issue has nothing to do with how much we pay our associates,” spokesman David Tovar said in an email. “This story is simply about people being good neighbours, taking care of each other store by store, associate by associate.”
“It’s unfortunate that an act of human kindness has been taken so out of context,” Tovar added.
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