WESTBOROUGH, Mass.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--BJ's Wholesale Club (NYSE: BJ), a leading operator of membership warehouse clubs in the Eastern United States, today announced a $50,000 donation to The Greater Boston Food Bank (GBFB), a Feeding America® member food bank. The donation from the BJ’s Charitable Foundation is part of the retailer’s initiative to help end hunger in Massachusetts.
“BJ’s is dedicated to nourishing our communities and helping families thrive by improving access to basic essentials including fresh, nutritious food,” said Kirk Saville, executive director, BJ’s Charitable Foundation. “We’re thrilled to donate $50,000 to The Greater Boston Food Bank to support its school pantry program. This grant will help increase access and feed more families in food insecure communities.”
BJ’s grant to GBFB is part of its recent $1 million donation to Feeding America, the nation’s largest domestic hunger-relief organization. The donation will support programs that expand direct access to food, including the School Pantry, mobile market and BackPack programs. With these programs, families facing food insecurity will be able to more easily access fresh, nutritious food to help put meals on the table.
“One in 11 people is food insecure in Eastern Massachusetts with one in three of those we serve being a child under 18. At The Greater Boston Food Bank, we are fully committed to finding solutions that will help eradicate hunger in Eastern Massachusetts,” said Catherine D’Amato, president and CEO of The Greater Boston Food Bank. “We operate a robust network of school-based pantries in high-need communities throughout Eastern Massachusetts to deliver 40 to 50 pounds of nutritious food to each registered family, regardless of their income. With BJ’s generous support, we will be able to increase the amount of fresh, healthy food that is delivered to these communities which will help us reach our vision of a hunger-free Eastern Massachusetts.”
GBFB is the largest hunger-relief organization in New England and one of the largest food banks in the country. It serves 190 cities and towns in Eastern Massachusetts and distributes enough food to serve over 140,000 people monthly. Last year, the food bank distributed the equivalent of nearly 57 million nutritious meals to help people who struggle with food insecurity.
BJ’s grant marks the third yearly $1 million donation to the Feeding America network from the BJ’s Charitable Foundation. Since 2011, BJ’s has provided ongoing support to the Feeding America network through the BJ’s Charitable Foundation and BJ’s Feeding Communities program, helping local food banks successfully expand their programs to reach wider audiences.
BJ’s Feeding Communities program is a food rescue partnership, where the company donates all unsold produce to Feeding America member food banks in its footprint, helping to get wholesome food onto the plates of more families. To date, BJ’s has donated more than 98 million pounds of food including meat, produce, dairy and bakery items – which equals more than 81 million meals* – to Feeding America member food banks.
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*Based on U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) guidelines, a meal is equal to 1.2 pounds of food and grocery product.
About BJ's Wholesale Club, Inc.
Headquartered in Westborough, Massachusetts, BJ's is a leading operator of membership warehouse clubs in the Eastern United States. The company currently operates 219 clubs and 144 BJ's Gas® locations in 17 states.
The Company’s common stock is traded on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE: BJ).
About The Greater Boston Food Bank
The Greater Boston Food Bank (GBFB) is the largest hunger-relief organization in New England and among the largest food banks in the country. GBFB provides the equivalent of nearly 57 million healthy meals annually distributed through its network of more than 500 member agencies in the 190 cities and towns across Eastern Massachusetts. GBFB operates four direct service programs at nearly 70 sites throughout the area. A member of Feeding America, the nation’s food bank network, GBFB serves more than 140,000 people every month in its vision to create a Hunger Free Eastern Massachusetts by 2028. For more information, visit us at GBFB.org, follow us on Facebook, Twitter (@gr8bosfoodbank) and Instagram, or call us at 617.427.5200.