BJ’s Wholesale Club announced a $1 million donation from the BJ’s Charitable Foundation to Feeding America, the nation’s largest domestic hunger-relief organization. The donation is part of the retailer’s company-wide initiative that is working to end hunger in partnership with the Feeding America network of food banks.
“BJ’s is dedicated to nourishing our communities and helping families thrive by providing access to basic essentials including fresh, nutritious food,” said Kirk Saville, executive director of BJ’s Charitable Foundation. “We’re thrilled to donate $1 million to Feeding America to improve access to quality food and invest in long-term solutions for hunger relief. This grant will support innovative new models that will help us reach food insecure families in the future and complements our retail food rescue program that donates millions of meals every year.”
As part of BJ’s $1 million donation, the company is awarding grants to 10 Feeding America member food banks for programs that support direct food access in the eastern United States, concentrating on the School Pantry Program and mobile pantries. Additional grants will go toward piloting new solutions to improve food access for families. Feeding America will also receive a grant for research, which will support program evaluation and local data collection to better understand those served by food banks.
“Feeding America is grateful to the BJ’s Charitable Foundation for its investment in existing and forward-thinking solutions that will help more communities fight hunger,” said Andy Wilson, chief development officer at Feeding America. “Millions of people face hunger in communities across the country and Feeding America member food banks are on the ground supporting our neighbors in need. This generous donation will help food banks provide more meals to people who need it most.”
BJ’s grant marks the third yearly $1 million donation to the Feeding America network from the BJ’s Charitable Foundation. Since 2011, BJ’s has provided ongoing support to the Feeding America network through the BJ’s Charitable Foundation and BJ’s Feeding Communities program, helping local food banks successfully expand their programs to reach wider audiences.