BJ’s Wholesale Club Provides Fresh Way to Fight Hunger

If one of our Clubs didn't have freezer or refrigerator space, we couldn't get food to our Members. And while larger food banks have ample space and storage to provide perishable product to food pantries and shelters, unfortunately these small organizations often have limited equipment or supplies for safe holding and storing of perishable food donations.

“BJ’s Wholesale Club is proud to reach our 30-year milestone and share our enthusiasm by expanding our role in the fight against hunger. Supporting agencies’ need for capacity building will ensure that perishable food can reach the people who need it most. Investing in our communities, specifically for hunger relief, is a vital goal to which BJ’s is committed.”
- Laura Sen, President and CEO of BJ’s Wholesale Club

In honor of BJ’s 30th anniversary in September,
BJ’s Charitable Foundation awarded grants to
30 food banks.

• Connecticut Food Bank
• Foodshare

• Food Bank of Delaware

• Feeding America Tampa Bay
• Feeding Northeast Florida
• Feeding South Florida
• Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida

• Atlanta Community Food Bank

• The Food Bank of Western Massachusetts
• The Greater Boston Food Bank

• Good Shepherd Food Bank

• Maryland Food Bank

North Carolina
• Second Harvest Food Bank of Metrolina

New Hampshire
• New Hampshire Food Bank

New York
• Foodlink, Inc.
• City Harvest
• Food Bank of Western New York

New Jersey
• Food Bank of Monmouth and Ocean Counties
• Food Bank of South Jersey
• Community Food Bank of New Jersey

• Akron-Canton Regional Foodbank
• Greater Cleveland Food Bank, Inc.
• Second Harvest Food Bank of North Central Ohio

• Philabundance
• Second Harvest Food Bank of Lehigh Valley
     and NE Pennsylvania

Rhode Island
• Rhode Island Community Food Bank

• FeedMore
• Foodbank of Southeastern Virginia
• Fredericksburg Area Food Bank
• Virginia Peninsula Foodbank

The grants will be used to support local hunger agencies in their efforts to expand their ability and capacity to donate more perishable food.

The funding will help to supply equipment to shelters and food pantries, resulting in their increased capacity to provide nutritious options for hunger relief in each of the 15 eastern states where BJ’s operates.


Launched in 2011 in partnership with Feeding America® and their food banks,
as well as local member agencies, BJ’s Feeding Communities Program is a
company-wide effort to help end hunger in our communities.

Now instead of discarding good, wholesome and nutritious unsold food, our Clubs are donating millions of pounds of food each year — including fresh produce, baked goods, frozen meats and fish, and dairy — to help support 44 food banks and 4 agencies in the 15 states BJ’s serves.

See How the Donation Process Works

For more on BJ’s Feeding Communities, please read our Frequently Asked Questions


In addition to BJ’s Feeding Communities Program, BJ’s recent efforts to help alleviate hunger in the communities we serve include:

  • Since the inception of the BJ’s Charitable Foundation, $2,850,074 in grants has provided support to 367 local hunger-relief agencies and programs.
  • Check out last years grant recipients here: 2013 Grant List.

BJ’s Feeding Communities Program Q&A

Q. What is BJ’s Feeding Communities Program?

    A. BJ’s Feeding Communities Program is BJ’s Wholesale Club’s company-wide initiative to help end hunger. In partnership with Feeding America, the nation’s largest food bank network, BJ’s Clubs donate unsold but still wholesome and nutritious produce, meat, poultry, fish and dairy to food banks and local agencies within the BJ’s footprint.

Q. How much food has been donated?
    A. As of August, 2014, BJ’s had donated over 22 million pounds of frozen meat, poultry and fish, dairy and bakery products. That is the equivalent of over 18 million meals.

Q. How many BJ’s Clubs are participating with the Feeding Communities Program?
    A. All of BJ’s Clubs are participating. Clubs donate food to their local Feeding America partner food banks or local member agencies.