BJ’s Charitable Foundation Donates $50,000 to Help Atlanta Community Food Bank Provide Healthy Summer Meals to Kids
BJ’s donation will support food bank’s Hunger-Free Summer Program
WESTBOROUGH, Mass. (July 24, 2018) – BJ’s Wholesale Club (NYSE: BJ) today announced a $50,000 donation from the BJ’s Charitable Foundation to Atlanta Community Food Bank, a Feeding America® member food bank. BJ’s donation will provide fresh, nutritious food to children across the region through Atlanta Community Food Bank’s Hunger-Free Summer Feeding Programs.
“BJ’s is committed to nourishing our communities and helping families thrive, and we’re excited to support Atlanta Community Food Bank’s Summer Feeding Programs,” said Kirk Saville, executive director, BJ’s Charitable Foundation. “Hunger-relief programs are crucial for children and families who lose access to school lunches in the summer. Through our partnership with Feeding America, we’re helping to provide access to fresh, healthy food to families when school is out for the summer.”
With BJ’s $50,000 grant, Atlanta Community Food Bank will increase the number of food sites it operates through the School Pantry and Summer Feeding Programs to make sure every child can take additional meals home to their families.
“The summer months can be a stressful time for children because many do not have access to school meals,” said Sarah Fonder-Kristy, Chief Development Officer, Atlanta Community Food Bank. “Together, we’re working to alleviate that stress and increase the number of meals distributed through our Summer Meals Programs. We’re thankful to BJ’s because this donation will allow us increase the number of meal sites and children we reach this summer.”
During the school year, more than 22 million children receive free or reduced-price meals through the National School Lunch and Breakfast Programs. In the summer months, fewer than 4 million children receive free or reduced-priced meals through the USDA Summer Food Service Program. From mobile and school pantries to congregate meal sites in public areas like summer camps, the Feeding America network operates different program models to increase the number of meals provided to children over the summer.
Since 2009, BJ’s has provided ongoing support to Feeding America through the BJ’s Charitable Foundation and BJ’s Feeding Communities® program, helping local food banks successfully expand their programs to reach wider and more diverse audiences.
In addition to summer programming and capacity-building grants from the BJ’s Charitable Foundation, BJ’s has secured over 70 million pounds of donated food, including fresh produce, frozen meats and fish, baked goods and dairy items, and helped distribute 58 million meals to neighbors in need through the BJ’s Feeding Communities® program.
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About BJ's Wholesale Club Holdings, Inc.
Headquartered in Westborough, Massachusetts, BJ's Wholesale Club Holdings, Inc. is a leading operator of membership warehouse clubs on the East Coast of the United States. The company currently operates 215 clubs and 134 BJ's Gas® locations in 16 states.
BJ's provides a one-stop shopping destination filled with top-quality, leading brands, including its exclusive Wellsley Farms® and Berkley Jensen® brands, along with USDA Choice meats, premium produce and delicious organics, many in supermarket sizes. BJ's is also the only major membership warehouse club to accept all manufacturers' coupons.
The Company’s common stock is traded on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE: BJ).
About Atlanta Community Food Bank
The Atlanta Community Food Bank works to end hunger with the food, people and big ideas needed to ensure our neighbors have the nourishment to lead healthy and productive lives. Far too many people in our own community experience hunger every day, including children, seniors and working families. Through more than 600 nonprofit partners, we help more than 755,000 people get healthy food every year. Our goal is that, by 2025, all hungry people across metro Atlanta and North Georgia will have access to the nutritious meals they need when they need them. It takes the power of our whole community to make that possible. Join us at ACFB.org.