BJ’s Charitable Foundation Donates $50,000 to Help Philabundance 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 Philabundance, a Feeding America® member food bank. BJ’s donation will provide fresh, nutritious food to children across the region through Philabundance’s new Summer BackPack program.
“BJ’s is committed to nourishing our communities and helping families thrive, and we’re excited to support Philabundance’s Summer Backpack 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, Philabundance will launch its Summer BackPack program, providing fresh, nutritious meals for the first time. The grant will also enable the food bank to distribute additional produce to children throughout Philadelphia.
“We’re grateful for BJ’s partnership to help feed children in need this summer,” said Glenn Bergman, executive director, Philabundance. “While people don’t often think about hunger in the summer months, there is an enormous need when school is out and nearly 400,000 children in our area lose access to school meals. With this grant, we will be able to increase the number of families we serve during this challenging time of the year.”
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).
Philabundance is the Delaware Valley's largest hunger relief organization, serving more than 90,000 people each week in nine counties in PA and Southern NJ. Of those served, 30 percent are children, 16 percent are seniors, and adults served include students, the working poor and single parents. In 2016, Philabundance rescued more than 10 million pounds of food and distributed 24 million pounds through its own distribution programs, and a network of 350 agencies. A one-dollar donation provides two meals – Give now or learn more at Philabundance.org.