A fresh approach to feeding the hungry.
For years, the conventional fix to solving hunger was thought to be “more food.” But a closer look at the problem revealed that
there already is enough food. The real solution to the problem is that more storage and transportation equipment is needed so that
perishables — like meat, produce and dairy — can be stored safely.
In September 2014, BJ’s established a grant program in partnership with Feeding America®. Thirty food banks used the funding to
purchase much-needed refrigeration and storage equipment for smaller, local organizations such as food pantries and soup kitchens.
This investment helped to increase the partner agency’s storage capacity resulting in more food overall, including more nutritious
options for their clients.
The impact was tremendous, and a key takeaway was the importance of empowering agencies to play an active role in the donation process — from pickup to storage to distribution — instead of relying on food banks to handle these roles. This empowerment along with investing in storage, transportation equipment, technology and training, lays the foundation for long-term success. Buoyed by this success and with vital knowledge gained, we’re partnering once again with Feeding America in the fall of 2015 to further increase agency empowerment and storage capacity. In addition to purchasing items to safely store perishables, funding will also be used to invest in technology, food safety training and fuel. These investments will allow additional agencies to become more self-reliant.
The following local food banks received grants to help their member agencies receive much-needed equipment and supplies:
• Food Bank of
• Feeding Northeast Florida
• Feeding South Florida
• Atlanta Community
• Good Shepherd Food Bank
• Maryland Food Bank
• The Food Bank of
• The Greater Boston
• New Hampshire Food Bank
• FoodBank of Monmouth
and Ocean Counties
• Foodlink, Inc.
• City Harvest
• Food Bank of WNY
• Second Harvest Food
Bank of Metrolina
• Second Harvest Food Bank
of Lehigh Valley and
• Rhode Island Community
• Fredericksburg Regional
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 16 states BJ’s serves.
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 companywide 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, $3,249,674 in grants has provided support to 451 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 who
need it most.