(DETROIT – April 22, 2019) – One in eight Americans in communities across the U.S. struggle with hunger, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, including nearly 1 in 6 residents in southeast Michigan. To raise awareness and combat the issue, Walmart, Sam’s Club, Feeding America® and Gleaners Community Food Bank are kicking off its sixth annual nationwide “Fight Hunger. Spark Change.” (FHSC) campaign, which will run from April 22 to May 20. In partnership with Gleaners, Walmart and Sam’s Club now invite southeast Michigan shoppers to help fight hunger in their local community. There are three ways to participate – purchasing a participating item in-store or online, donating in-store, or donating on Feeding America’s website.
With 749 million meals achieved over the last five years,
southeast Michigan customers and members can help the Feeding America
network secure its 1 billion cumulative meals goal in three ways. They
can track the number of meals by visiting www.walmart.com/fighthunger.
For every participating product purchased at U.S. Walmart stores, Sam’s Clubs or on Walmart.com during the campaign, the supplier will donate the monetary equivalent of at least one meal ($0.10) on behalf of a Feeding America member food bank, up to applicable limits.
Donate money to your local Feeding America food bank at participating Sam’s Club and Walmart stores in the U.S.
Donate at feedingamerica.org/Walmart.
Walmart kickstarted the campaign with a $3 million donation to Feeding America and member food banks including Gleaners. A purchase of one of the 267 participating items helps secure the equivalent of one meal. Each Walmart and Sam’s Club will partner with at least one Feeding America local food bank, and the 18 participating suppliers include: Bush Brothers, Campbell’s, Conagra Brands, Cliff Bar, General Mills, Gold Peak Tea, Great Value, Hidden Valley, JM Smucker, Kellogg, Kraft Heinz, McCormick, Motts, PepsiCo, Post, Uncle Ben’s, Nature Nate’s Honey and Unilever.
“With the economy doing better, people may think that there is no longer a need, but there are still many people in our community who are burdened by the toxic stress of not knowing where their next meal is coming from. We hear from families all the time about the challenges they face, from jobs that don’t pay enough to mounting utility bills to health issues that prevent them from working,” Gleaners President Gerry Brisson says.
“That’s why we are so grateful for the support of generous partners like Walmart. Everyone wins when hunger is solved, and we can achieve our goal by joining forces and working together.”
“As we go into our sixth year of the ‘Fight Hunger. Spark Change.’ campaign, it’s exciting to approach the 1 billion mark in terms of charitable meals secured for Feeding America over the life of the program,” said Kathleen McLaughlin, chief sustainability officer for Walmart. “Food insecurity continues to affect communities across the United States. Working with Feeding America, our customers, members, associates and suppliers, Walmart and Sam’s Club aim to be part of the solution.”
Last year, Gleaners benefited from more than $30,000 from Walmart and Sam’s Club’s commitment to fight hunger, providing more than 90,000 meals for families, children, and seniors in need.
To learn more about the campaign visit www.walmart.com/fighthunger.
Walmart Inc. (NYSE: WMT) helps people around the world save money and live better – anytime and anywhere – in retail stores, online, and through their mobile devices. Each week, over 275 million customers and members visit our more than 11,300 stores under 58 banners in 27 countries and eCommerce websites. With fiscal year 2019 revenue of $514.4 billion, Walmart employs over 2.2 million associates worldwide. Walmart continues to be a leader in sustainability, corporate philanthropy and employment opportunity. Additional information about Walmart can be found by visiting http://corporate.walmart.com, on Facebook at http://facebook.com/walmart and on Twitter at http://twitter.com/walmart.
About Feeding America
Feeding America® is the largest hunger-relief organization in the United States. Through a network of 200 food banks and 60,000 food pantries and meal programs, we provide meals to more than 46 million people each year. Feeding America also supports programs that prevent food waste and improve food security among the people we serve; educates the public about the problem of hunger; and advocates for legislation that protects people from going hungry. Individuals, charities, businesses and government all have a role in ending hunger. Donate. Volunteer. Advocate. Educate. Together we can solve hunger. Visit www.feedingamerica.org, find us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter.
About Gleaners Community Food Bank
For more than 40 years, Gleaners Community Food Bank has been “feeding hungry people and nourishing our communities.” Annually, Gleaners reaches 430,000 food-insecure individuals with 43 million pounds of nutritious food, equivalent to more than 35 million meals, through 500-plus partner schools, soup kitchens, shelters and pantries in Wayne, Oakland, Macomb, Livingston and Monroe counties. Of every dollar donated, Gleaners uses 93 cents for food and food programs. One dollar provides three meals for a hungry neighbor. For more information, visit www.gcfb.org