No, Walmart does not throw away returned food. Walmart has taken a number of measures to ensure that food waste does not occur in its stores. For example, Walmart has implemented a Food Rescue Program that donates any returned food to people in need.
Walmart also works with local food banks in order to ensure that waste from returned food does not go to waste. In addition, Walmart partners with retailers in the supply chain and even works with suppliers to prevent food waste.
Walmart also offers educational material and training to store associates in order to ensure that the highest standards are met in terms of food safety and quality. Finally, Walmart has setup a system of tracking to ensure that any potentially hazardous food is identified and dealt with appropriately.
What happens when you return food to Walmart?
When you return food to Walmart, the store typically has a policy that allows you to return most items, including food, within a certain number of days from the purchase date as long as you have a valid receipt.
For example, if you bought it in the store, you can return it with the receipt. Usually, any evidence of a price adjustment, including a price markdown, need to be presented as well. Depending on the store’s policy, you may need to provide your driver’s license or other form of identification.
When you initiate the return, a Walmart associate will review the product and inspect it for any damage or signs of use. If everything checks out, they will process the refund like any other return. You can expect to receive the same type of refund in the same form of payment, such as a cash refund if you paid cash.
If you used a credit or debit card, you should receive a credit back to that card. If you used store credit, you will receive store credit back.
In some rare cases, the store reserves the right to refuse a return, especially if there is evidence of use or an expired return policy, so make sure to check the store’s return policies before attempting a food return.