One in eight Americans in communities across the U.S. struggle with hunger, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, including 290,000 individuals in Orange County. To raise awareness and combat the issue, Walmart, Sam’s Club, Feeding America and Second Harvest Food Bank of Orange County are running the sixth annual nationwide “Fight Hunger. Spark Change.” (FHSC) campaign, which will run from April 22 to May 20.
In partnership with Second Harvest, Walmart and Sam’s Club now invite Orange County shoppers to help fight hunger in their local community. There are three ways to participate – purchasing a participating item in-store or online, donating in-store or donating on Feeding America’s website.
With 749 million meals achieved nationwide over the last five years, Orange County customers and members can help the Feeding America network secure its 1 billion cumulative meals goal in three ways. They can track the number of meals by visiting www.walmart.com/fighthunger.
Walmart kickstarted the campaign with a $3 million donation to Feeding America and member food banks including Second Harvest. A purchase of one of the 267 participating items helps secure the equivalent of one meal. Each Walmart and Sam’s Club will partner with at least one Feeding America local food bank, and the 18 participating suppliers include: Bush Brothers, Campbell’s, Conagra Brands, Cliff Bar, General Mills, Gold Peak Tea, Great Value, Hidden Valley, JM Smucker, Kellogg, Kraft Heinz, McCormick, Motts, PepsiCo, Post, Uncle Ben’s, Nature Nate’s Honey and Unilever.
“As we go into our sixth year of the ‘Fight Hunger. Spark Change.’ campaign, it’s exciting to approach the 1 billion mark in terms of charitable meals secured for Feeding America over the life of the program,” said Kathleen McLaughlin, chief sustainability officer for Walmart. “Food insecurity continues to affect communities across the United States. Working with Feeding America, our customers, members, associates and suppliers, Walmart and Sam’s Club aim to be part of the solution.”
Last year, Second Harvest benefited from an $82,000 donation from Walmart and Sam’s Club’s commitment to fight hunger. This funding, in addition to retail food donations, supports Second Harvest’s Bold Goal aimed at eliminating the hunger gap and providing food for all who need it.
To learn more about the campaign visit www.walmart.com/fighthunger.