Elizabeth City, NC – One in eight Americans in communities across the U.S. struggle with hunger, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, including 55,130 hungry men, women, children, seniors, and families right here in northeastern North Carolina. To raise awareness and combat the issue, Walmart, Sam’s Club, Feeding America® and Food Bank of the Albemarle are kicking off its sixth annual nationwide “Fight Hunger. Spark Change.” (FHSC) campaign, which will run from April 22 to May 20.
In partnership with Food Bank of the Albemarle, Feeding America® and Walmart now invite Elizabeth City shoppers to help fight hunger in their local community. There are three ways to participate – purchasing a participating item in-store or online, donating in-store to Food Bank of the Albemarle, or donating on Feeding America’s website.
With 749 million meals achieved over the last five years, customers 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 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 Food Bank of the Albemarle at the register of your local Walmart store.
- Donate at feedingamerica.org/Walmart.
Walmart kick-started the campaign with a $3 million donation to Feeding America and member food banks including Food Bank of the Albemarle. 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.
“We sincerely appreciate Walmart’s on-going commitment in the fight against hunger by asking the public to get involved in their local communities through the “Fight Hunger, Spark Change” campaign,” said Liz Reasoner, Executive Director of Food Bank of the Albemarle. “The funds raised through this annual campaign help feed people right here in northeastern North Carolina, and contribute to our 145 programs that ensure hungry men, women, children, families and senior citizens will have enough to eat.”
“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, Food Bank of the Albemarle benefited from over $14,000 dollars from 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.
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