(Geneva, Ill., April 22, 2019) – More than half a million neighbors across Northern Illinois rely on Northern Illinois Food Bank each year, and nationwide, one in eight Americans struggle with hunger, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture. To raise awareness about the issue of hunger locally and nationally, Walmart, Sam’s Club, Feeding America® launched today the sixth annual “Fight Hunger. Spark Change.” (FHSC) campaign. Proceeds raised at select Walmart and Sam’s Club locations throughout Northern Illinois will benefit Northern Illinois Food Bank.
Now through May 20, Walmart and Sam’s Club shoppers can help fight hunger in their local community one of three ways: shopping online, in-store at any one of the 53 participating locations throughout the Food Bank’s service area, or donating on Feeding America’s website at feedingamerica.org/Walmart.
With 749 million meals achieved over the last five years, Walmart customers and Sam’s Club members can help the Feeding America network secure its 1 billion cumulative meal goal through any of the above ways. They can track the number of meals by visiting www.walmart.com/fighthunger.
A purchase of one of the 267 participating items helps secure the equivalent of at least one meal. Participating brands 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.
To celebrate the launch, Walmart kickstarted the campaign with a $3 million donation to Feeding America and member food banks, including Northern Illinois Food Bank.
“We’re grateful to Walmart and Sam’s Club for their ongoing commitment to helping solve hunger in Northern Illinois and nationwide,” said Julie Yurko, President and CEO of Northern Illinois Food Bank. “It truly takes a village for us to be able to feed our neighbors, and without the generous support of retailers and corporate donors like Walmart and Sam’s, we wouldn’t be able to have the same impact in our community.”
“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, Northern Illinois Food Bank benefited from the FHSC campaign, receiving over $200,000 dollars, which helped provide $1.6 million in groceries for neighbors in need. Additionally, Walmart and Sam’s Club have also supported the Food Bank through volunteerism with more than 600 hours of time donated from nearly 250 employees since 2018.
To learn more about the Fight Hunger. Spark Change. campaign, visit www.walmart.com/fighthunger.
About Northern Illinois Food Bank
Northern Illinois Food Bank, a member of Feeding America, is a non-profit organization that engages the community to solve hunger in Northern Illinois. Manufacturers, local groceries, corporations, foundations, and individuals come together to donate food and funds, and evaluate and repack food for distribution to more than 900 partner feeding programs – the food pantries, soup kitchens, shelters and youth and senior feeding programs that serve more than half a million people every year. Northern Illinois Food Bank has centers in Geneva (West Suburban Center), Park City (North Suburban Center) Rockford (Northwest Center), and Joliet (South Suburban Center). Find out how you can volunteer, donate or get involved at www.SolveHungerToday.org, or follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and LinkedIn.
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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.