One in seven northwest Pennsylvanians faces hunger, according to Feeding America’s Map the Meal Gap study, including nearly 30,000 children under the age of 18. To raise awareness and combat the issue, Walmart, Sam’s Club, Feeding America® and Second Harvest Food Bank of Northwest Pennsylvania are kicking off the sixth annual nationwide “Fight Hunger. Spark Change.” (FHSC) campaign, which will run from April 22 to May 20.
In partnership with Second Harvest, Walmart and Sam’s Club now invite shoppers across northwest Pennsylvania to help fight hunger in their local communities. There are three ways to participate – purchasing a participating item in-store or online, donating in-store or donating on Feeding America’s website.
With 749 million meals donated nation-wise over the last five years, northwest Pennsylvania customers and members 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 local 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 Second Harvest, up to applicable limits.
- Donate money to Second Harvest Food Bank at participating Sam’s Club and Walmart stores across our 11-county service area.
- Donate at feedingamerica.org/Walmart.
Walmart kickstarted the campaign with a $3 million donation to Feeding America and member food banks including Second Harvest Food Bank of Northwest Pennsylvania. 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.
“By working with Walmart, its 18 supplier partners and Synchrony Bank, we have an amazing opportunity to make progress towards fighting hunger in our community,” said Karen Seggi, Executive Director of the Second Harvest Food Bank. “This campaign will help increase awareness about the issue of hunger in America, allowing us to secure more local funds and ultimately provide more food to people in need in northwest Pennsylvania. We hope people across our service area will take action and participate in the campaign.”
Last year, thanks to Walmart and Sam’s Club’s commitment to fighting hunger, Second Harvest received enough funds to provide more than 400,000 meals to our hungry neighbors.