BJ’s Wholesale Club recently announced that its Feeding Communities program achieved a major giving milestone, as 30 million pounds of nutritious food has been donated to local Feeding America food banks since its launch in November 2011.
That 30 million pounds of food equals 25 million meals to help individuals and families struggling with hunger. Of that total, 160,906 pounds and 134,089 meals were donated to Feeding South Florida from the Boynton Beach and Royal Palm Beach BJ’s locations.
According to Feeding America, one in six people in the United States struggles with hunger despite the fact that there is enough food to feed everyone in need. As hunger exists in each community across the country, BJ’s looked to expand its partnership with Feeding America and its network of food banks and member agencies.
Through the establishment of BJ’s Feeding Communities program, this company-wide effort works to provide fresh produce, baked goods, frozen meats and fish, and dairy to help support 45 Feeding America member food banks in BJ’s 15-state footprint.
“At BJ’s Wholesale Club, what is not sold is shared,” said Laura Sen, president and CEO of BJ’s Wholesale Club. “We are deeply committed to help solve hunger, and the ongoing efforts under BJ’s Feeding Communities program ensure that healthy food can reach the people who need it most.”
Nancy Curby, vice president of corporate partnerships for Feeding America, is proud of the partnership with BJ’s.
“It’s because of the dedication of partners like BJ’s Wholesale Club that Feeding America is able to continue to provide nutrient-rich food to the more than 46 million Americans who rely on our network’s support,” she said.
Headquartered in Westborough, Mass., BJ’s is a leading operator of membership warehouse clubs in the Eastern United States. The company has 207 clubs in 15 states. For more info., visit www.bjs.com.
ABOVE: Vanessa Brito, Laurie Dominy and Anthony Bongelli of BJ’s with Kevin Burgess of the Soup Kitchen, a local Feeding America affiliate.