BJ’s Wholesale Club is supporting the Pittsburgh community through the work of the BJ’s Charitable Foundation, with more than $140,000 in donations to the Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank, DonorsChoose and the Pittsburgh YMCA.
BJ’s opened its first Pittsburgh area club last year in South Fayette, and opened its second Pittsburgh area club in April at Ross Township. BJ’s Charitable Foundation supports Pittsburgh area charities, specifically in the areas of education and hunger relief.
“BJ’s is committed to nourishing our communities and helping families thrive,” said Bill Werner, executive director, BJ’s Charitable Foundation. “We’re proud to donate to these critical community resources and look forward to our continued efforts to support the children and families of the Pittsburgh area.”
The Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank, a member of the Feeding America network, received a $75,000 donation from the BJ’s Charitable Foundation to help further their mission. In addition to the financial grant, Pittsburgh area food pantries will also benefit from the BJ’s Feeding Communities program, where it will receive donations of meat, produce and dairy on a weekly basis.
“As BJ’s enters a new community, one of the benefits of our expansion is the ability to support local charities, and most specifically with donations to community hunger relief organizations critical to helping our neighbors in need,” Werner said.
“We want to give access to healthy food so communities in the Pittsburgh area can have the nourishment they need to flourish. Our partnership with the Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank helps make this happen.”
Last year, BJ’s made a $1 million donation to Feeding America to provide ongoing support to food banks in local communities within their footprint, including the newly established club in the Pittsburgh area. To-date, the company has donated more than 120 million pounds of food to Feeding America member food banks.
BJ’s Charitable Foundation also donated funds to support teacher submitted projects through DonorsChoose in the Pittsburgh area. Fort Cherry, South Fayette, North Hills and Pittsburgh Public Schools were all beneficiaries of this donation.
BJ’s has supported its communities through DonorsChoose, giving more than $1 million to date to more than 100 teacher submitted projects across 47 schools in the BJ’s footprint.
Additionally, BJ’s Charitable Foundation donation to Pittsburgh’s YMCA “Y on the Fly” program will support “Y on the Fly’s” mission to provide a safe environment for children in under-served neighborhoods to play and learn.
The new Pittsburgh area clubs are located at 4000 Victoria Street and 6270 Northway Drive. As members can expect from all BJ’s clubs, these locations feature a vast selection of fresh foods and produce, a full-service deli, household essentials, pet supplies and various exclusive offerings.
Local shoppers interested in learning more and sign up for a membership can visit BJs.com/Pittsburgh.