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
• Connecticut Food Bank
• Foodshare

Delaware
• Food Bank of Delaware

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

Georgia
• Atlanta Community Food Bank

Maine
• Good Shepherd Food Bank

Maryland
• Maryland Food Bank

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

New Hampshire
• New Hampshire Food Bank

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

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

North Carolina
• Second Harvest Food Bank of Metrolina

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

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

Rhode Island
• Rhode Island Community Food Bank

Virginia
• FeedMore
• 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.

Q. How much food has been donated?
    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.

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.



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: 2013 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.