Westborough, Massachusetts-based BJ’s Wholesale Club recently made donations to school food banks in Maryland and New Jersey. BJ’s announced a $50,000 donation to the Maryland Food Bank, a Feeding America member food bank. The donation from the BJ’s Charitable Foundation is part of the retailer’s initiative to help end hunger in Maryland.
“BJ’s is dedicated to nourishing our communities and helping families thrive by improving access to basic essentials including fresh, nutritious food,” said Kirk Saville, executive director, BJ’s Charitable Foundation. “We’re thrilled to donate $50,000 to the Maryland Food Bank to support its school pantry program. This grant will help increase access and feed more families in food insecure communities.”
BJ’s grant to the Maryland Food Bank is part of its recent $1 million donation to Feeding America, the nation’s largest domestic hunger-relief organization. The donation will support programs that expand direct access to food, including the School Pantry, mobile market and BackPack programs. With these programs, families facing food insecurity will be able to more easily access fresh, nutritious food to help put meals on the table.
“One in every seven children in Maryland is currently at risk of facing hunger,” said Carmen Del Guercio, President and CEO of the Maryland Food Bank. “With BJ’s generous support, our School Pantry Program will be able to feed thousands more Maryland children and families, helping to remove barriers to success for students while fostering stronger bonds between families, schools, and the local community.”
For more than 40 years, the Maryland Food Bank has partnered with communities across the state to distribute food to children, seniors, veterans and families. In 2018, the food bank’s statewide network of food assistance provided the equivalent of 110,000 meals every day (more than 40 million meals annually), meeting the immediate needs of hungry Marylanders while simultaneously working to create pathways out of hunger.
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.
BJ’s also announced a $50,000 donation to the Community FoodBank of New Jersey, also a Feeding America member food bank. The donation from the BJ’s Charitable Foundation is part of the retailer’s initiative to help end hunger in New Jersey.