BJ's Wholesale Club Announces $100,000 Grant to the Maryland Food Bank
Grant will help secure, store and distribute fresh, healthy food to people facing hunger
BALTIMORE, Sept. 26, 2017 -- BJ's Wholesale Club today announced a $100,000 donation from the BJ's Charitable Foundation to the Maryland Food Bank, a Feeding America® member food bank. The donation will help the Maryland Food Bank's agency partners increase their capacity to distribute perishable food across the region.
BJ's grant to the Maryland Food Bank is part of BJ's Charitable Foundation's $1 million donation to Feeding America, the nation's largest domestic hunger-relief organization. The Maryland Food Bank is one of nine local food banks to benefit from BJ's $1 million donation, which is the foundation's largest single donation to any organization to date.
"BJ's is bringing a fresh approach to nourishing communities and helping families thrive, and we're proud to support the Maryland Food Bank," said Kirk Saville, executive director of the BJ's Charitable Foundation. "No one should have to worry about where to get their next meal, and we know that food banks face challenges in storing and distributing perishable foods. Our strategic partnership with Feeding America is focused on building capacity for fresh food at local food banks so we can work together to put an end to hunger in our communities."
With BJ's $100,000 grant, the Maryland Food Bank will purchase a 16-foot box truck and lift gate to increase the efficiency of distributing larger amounts of fresh produce. As a result, the Maryland Food Bank and its agency partners will be able to donate and distribute significantly greater amounts of food in high-need areas across 21 counties and Baltimore City.
In total, the Maryland Food Bank's programs and network of partner agencies provide more than 112,000 meals each day to neighbors in need across Maryland. The Maryland Food Bank distributed 41 million meals last year through its programs and partners to continue to fight to end hunger in Maryland.
"At the Maryland Food Bank, our mission is to lead the movement and nurture the belief that together we can improve the lives of Marylanders," said Carmen Del Guercio, President & CEO of the Maryland Food Bank. "Because of BJ's generous donation, the Maryland Food Bank will be able to expand our efforts to end hunger."
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 capacity building grants from the BJ's Charitable Foundation, BJ's has secured over 50 million pounds of donated food, including fresh produce, frozen meats and fish, baked goods and dairy items through the BJ's Feeding Communities® program.
About BJ's Wholesale Club, Inc.
Headquartered in Westborough, Massachusetts, BJ's is the leading operator of membership warehouse clubs in the Eastern United States. The company currently operates 215 clubs and 133 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 and, for greater convenience, offers the most payment options.
BJ's is wholly owned by affiliates of Leonard Green & Partners, CVC Capital Partners and its management team.
About the Maryland Food Bank
The Maryland Food Bank is a nonprofit hunger-relief organization, leading the movement to end hunger throughout Maryland. For more than 35 years, the Maryland Food Bank has partnered with communities across the state to distribute food to individuals and families in need. Through carefully-crafted programs, the food bank aims to meet the immediate needs of Marylanders while simultaneously working to find long term ways to reduce hunger statewide. Currently distributing more than 112,000 meals per day — nearly 41 million meals annually — the Maryland Food Bank will continue to expand its efforts until hunger ends. To learn more about the Maryland Food Bank, visit mdfoodbank.org.
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.
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