BJ’s Wholesale Club Provides Fresh Ways to Fight Hunger
All too often, food banks that supply food pantries and shelters with food have ample storage for perishables while the smaller organizations are short on storage and supplies.
That’s why in honor of our 30th anniversary last September, BJ’s Charitable Foundation awarded grants to 30 food banks to support local hunger agencies in their efforts to expand their ability and capacity to donate more perishable food. The funding helped supply refrigeration and other equipment to shelters and food pantries, increasing their ability to provide nutritious options for hunger relief in each of the 15 eastern states where BJ’s operates.
“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
The following local Food Banks received a portion of the grant to help their member agencies receive much-needed equipment and supplies:
• Connecticut Food Bank
• 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
• Good Shepherd Food Bank
• Maryland Food Bank
• The Food Bank of Western Massachusetts
• The Greater Boston Food Bank
• New Hampshire Food Bank
• Food Bank of Monmouth and Ocean Counties
• Food Bank of South Jersey
• Community Food Bank of New Jersey
• Foodlink, Inc.
• City Harvest
• Food Bank of Western New York
• Second Harvest Food Bank of Metrolina
• Akron-Canton Regional Foodbank
• Greater Cleveland Food Bank, Inc.
• Second Harvest Food Bank of North Central Ohio
• Second Harvest Food Bank of Lehigh Valley
and NE Pennsylvania
• Rhode Island Community Food Bank
• Foodbank of Southeastern Virginia
• Fredericksburg Area Food Bank
• Virginia Peninsula Foodbank
BJ’s FEEDING COMMUNITIES PROGRAM
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 feed hungry families in our communities.
At BJ’s, what we don’t sell, we share. Our Clubs donate millions of pounds of food each year — including fresh produce, baked goods, frozen meats and fish, and dairy — to help support 45 food banks in the 15 states BJ’s serves.
See How the Donation Process Works
BJ’s Feeding Communities Program FAQ
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 feed hungry people in the communities we serve. 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.
A. As of September 2014, BJ’s had donated over 24 million pounds of frozen meat, poultry and fish, dairy and bakery products. That is the equivalent of over 20 million meals.
A. All of BJ’s Clubs are participating. Clubs donate food to their local Feeding America partner food banks or local member agencies.
ADDITIONAL EFFORTS TO HELP RELIEVE HUNGER IN OUR COMMUNITIES
In addition to BJ’s Feeding Communities Program, BJ’s recent efforts to help alleviate hunger in the communities we serve include:
- BJ’s Charitable Foundation Grants: Since the foundation's inception, $2,850,074 in grants has provided support to 363 local hunger-relief agencies and programs.
- Check out last year's grant recipients here: 2014 Grant List.
BJ’s is committed to helping to end hunger and donates both food and funds to
Feeding America to ensure that healthy food can reach the people that
need it most.