BJ’s Charitable Foundation Donates $50,000 to Help Greater Cleveland Food Bank Provide Healthy Summer Meals to Kids
BJ’s donation will support food bank’s Hunger-Free Summer Program
WESTBOROUGH, Mass. (July 25, 2018) – BJ’s Wholesale Club (NYSE: BJ) today announced a $50,000 donation from the BJ’s Charitable Foundation to the Greater Cleveland Food Bank, a Feeding America® member food bank. BJ’s donation will provide fresh, nutritious food to children across the region through the Greater Cleveland 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 the Greater Cleveland 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, the Greater Cleveland Food Bank will expand the number of food pantries it operates during the summer. Through the additional pantries, the food bank will be able to reach even more children and families in the Cleveland community.
“Together, we can end summer hunger for children and families,” said Mary Lavigne-Butler, vice president of external affairs, Greater Cleveland Food Bank. “With BJ’s generous donation, we will be able to reach more children and families who are food insecure in the Cleveland community during the summer months.”
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 Greater Cleveland Food Bank
The Greater Cleveland Food Bank is the largest hunger relief organization in Northeast Ohio, having made possible over 55 million meals in 2017 to hungry people in Cuyahoga, Ashtabula, Geauga, Lake, Ashland and Richland counties. The Food Bank’s mission is to ensure that everyone in our communities has the nutritious food they need every day. We do this through both food distribution and SNAP outreach efforts. For more information, please visit www.GreaterClevelandFoodBank.org.