BENTONVILLE, ARK. - Before the onset of coronavirus (COVID-19) one in nine Americans faced hunger, more than 11 million of those being children. It’s estimated that over the next six months, an additional 17.1 million people could face hunger as a result of COVID-19.
Feeding America, the largest domestic hunger relief organization in the United States estimating it will need an additional $1.4 billion in resources over those next six months. In response, Walmart and Sam’s Club have launched the company’s seventh annual “Fight Hunger. Spark Change.” campaign.
The retailer kickstarted the campaign with a $3 million donation to Feeding America, and Walmart and Sam’s Club shoppers can participate in the campaign by purchasing a participating item instore or online or donating directly to Feeding America at FeedingAmerica.org/Walmart.
Participating items include items from 22 participating suppliers: Bush Brothers & Company, Campbell Soup Company, Clif Bar & Company, Conagra Brands, Crazy Richard's, Ferrara Candy Company, General Mills, Great Value, J.M. Smucker, Kellogg's, Kraft Heinz, Materne North America, Monster Energy, Mott's, Nestle Waters, Ocean's Halo, PepsiCo, Post Consumer Brands, Soylent, The Coca-Cola Company, The Clorox Company and Unilever.
For every participating item purchased, Walmart and Sam’s Club will donate the monetary equivalent of one meal to Feeding America.
"'Fight Hunger. Spark Change.' has been a way for Walmart and Sam's Club to partner with our suppliers and customers to help bring food to the people who need it most," said Julie Gehrki, vice president of philanthropy for Walmart.org. "It's been an important effort every year, but this one is especially critical given the current demand on food banks. With millions of Americans worrying about how they will feed their families right now, 'Fight Hunger. Spark Change.' is a powerful way for all of us to help."