“Fight Hunger. Spark Change” To Launch
Veterans. Seniors. Children. The working poor. Across the Treasure Coast, more than 86,600 people and 25,000 children struggle with hunger. To raise awareness and combat the issue, Walmart, Sam’s Club, Feeding America® and Treasure Coast Food Bank are kicking off the sixth annual nationwide “Fight Hunger. Spark Change.” campaign, which will run through May 20.
This year, Sam’s Club shoppers can join local Walmart shoppers across the Treasure Coast to spark a big change in the lives of these people. The goal for 2019 is to reach one billion meals secured for those struggling with hunger. There are three simple ways to participate – purchase a participating item in the store or online, donate in the store, or donate on Feeding America’s website.
“Walmart has been a steadfast partner in the fight against hunger both nationwide and as a local partner with Treasure Coast Food Bank,” said Judith Cruz, President and CEO of Treasure Coast Food Bank. “Each year, the Fight Hunger. Spark Change campaign provides an incredible boost to our efforts to provide meals to those struggling with hunger, and we’re grateful to everyone who participates.”
With 749 million meals achieved over the last five years, customers and members in Indian River, St. Lucie, Martin and Okeechobee, counties 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.
To kick off the campaign, Walmart made a donation of $3 million – the equivalent of at least 30 million meals – to Feeding America and member food banks including Treasure Coast Food Bank.
There are 267 items from 18 participating suppliers. Shoppers purchasing any one of the items help 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.
“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, Treasure Coast Food Bank was able to provide $61,000 meals to those struggling with hunger because of Walmart and Sam’s Club’s commitment to fight hunger.
To learn more about the campaign visit www.walmart.com/fighthunger.
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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 Treasure Coast Food Bank
Treasure Coast Food Bank is the only food bank and largest hunger relief organization on Florida’s Treasure Coast, providing the community each year with millions of meals valued at more than $50 million through robust programs and in partnership with 400 charitable organizations in Indian River, St. Lucie, Martin, and Okeechobee counties. In addition to emergency food distribution, Treasure Coast Food Bank operates a full roster of direct service programs that not only solve the immediate problem of hunger, but help individuals and families gain long-term food security, better health outcomes, and self-sufficiency. Treasure Coast Food Bank is a member of Feeding America, the nationwide network of 200 food banks that leads the fight against hunger in the United States. For more information on Treasure Coast Food Bank, call 772.489.3034, log on to stophunger.org, visit our Facebook page at facebook.com/tcfoodbank, or follow us on Twitter at twitter.com/tcfoodbank.