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One in eight Americans in communities across the U.S. struggle with hunger, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, including more than 353,000 people in northwestern Missouri and northeastern Kansas. To raise awareness and combat the issue, Walmart, Sam’s Club, Feeding America® and Harvesters—The Community Food Network are kicking off the sixth annual nationwide “Fight Hunger. Spark Change.” (FHSC) campaign, which will run now through May 20.
In partnership with Harvesters, Walmart and Sam’s Club encourage shoppers to help fight hunger in their local community. There are three ways to participate – purchasing a participating food item in-store or online, donating in-store or donating on Feeding America’s website.
With 749 million meals achieved during the last five years, the public 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 kick started the campaign with a $3 million donation to Feeding America and member food banks including Harvesters. 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.
“Food insecurity is an issue facing many families in Harvesters’ service area. We are grateful for the support from Walmart and Sam’s Club to be able to put nutritious meals on the tables of these families,” says Valerie Nicholson-Watson, Harvesters President and CEO.
“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, Harvesters benefited from more than $200,000 from Walmart and Sam’s Club’s commitment to fight hunger. In addition to monetary support, Harvesters also receives perishable and nonperishable food donations from multiple local Walmart and Sam’s Club stores, two area distribution centers, and through donations collected at community-level food drives.
This year, three area Walmart stores are planning special in-store campaigns for the Fight Hunger. Spark Change. Campaign:
Saturday, May 4, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m., Walmart at 1000 NE Sam Walton Lane, Lee’s Summit, Mo.
Thursday, May 16, 4 – 7 p.m., Walmart, 395 N. Kansas 7 Highway, Olathe, Kan.
Saturday, May 18, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m., Walmart, 16100 W. 65th Street, Shawnee, Kan.
To learn more about the campaign visit www.walmart.com/fighthunger.