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Walmart recently launched a campaign called “Fight Hunger. Spark Change.” It is a nationwide campaign driving the public to take action to fight hunger. The campaign partners with Feeding America which is a nationwide network of 200 food banks. The Greater Boston Food Bank is one of its members and will benefit from this campaign. The goal is to secure at least 100 million meals for Feeding America across the country. WOW!
Having been on Food Stamps and the free lunch program as a kid. I greatly relate to the needs of so many families who need help. With Feeding America reporting that one in eight people in America struggle with hunger, the “Fight Hunger. Spark Change.” campaign comes at a critical time.
More About the Greater Boston Food Bank
What are the greatest needs your food bank is helping meet in our local community?
One in 10 people in Eastern Massachusetts is food insecure, and one in eight is a child. The Greater Boston Food Bank provides more than 48 million healthy meals a year through its network of 530 member food pantries, meal programs and shelters across Eastern Massachusetts, serving more than 140,000 people at risk of hunger a month.
What special programs does this food bank offer to members of the community (e.g., life skills classes, mobile food bank, etc.)
The Greater Boston Food bank operates four direct service programs: Mobile Markets, School-based Pantries, Brown Bag for Seniors, and Commodity Supplemental Food Program for Seniors at nearly 70 sites across Eastern Massachusetts.
How are campaigns like Walmart’s “Fight Hunger. Spark Change.” making a difference in the fight against hunger in America?
Walmart’s campaign raises money and awareness in the fight against hunger in America. Last year, The Greater Boston Food Bank benefited from $200,000 raised through “Fight Hunger. Spark Change.”
What specific benefits are you seeing from the campaign here at this food bank and in our local area?
Last year, The Greater Boston Food Bank benefited from $200,000 raised through “Fight Hunger. Spark Change.” In addition last year, Walmart Foundation grants directly benefited two of our member agencies.
What’s something about food insecurity in America or even our local community that people might be surprised to know?
About a third of the people struggling with hunger in Eastern Massachusetts earn too much to qualify for any federal assistance programs, including the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP, formerly known as food stamps). These are hardworking, low-income people who earn too much for federal assistance but not enough to meet their basic expenses and feed themselves and their families.
What do you recommend for members of our community who want to get involved and help with the fight against, but don’t know where to start?
People can give food, money or time. They can do so by supporting their local food pantry or by supporting The Greater Boston Food Bank. Wherever and however they choose to contribute to the fight against hunger will help make a difference.
Are you looking for additional volunteer help here at your food bank? What kind of volunteer services do you need most to meet the community’s needs?
The Greater Boston Food Bank offers year-round volunteer opportunities, from sorting donating food to helping put together food packages. You can visit our website at gbfb.org to learn more and to sign up to volunteer.
How You Can Help Fight Hunger
Walmart is offering three easy ways for everyone to take action against hunger and help a local Feeding America food bank through social, online and in-store participation.
Purchase a Participating Product
For every participating product purchased at U.S. Walmart stores from April 17 – May 15, 2017, the supplier will donate the equivalent of one meal ($0.09) on behalf of a Feeding America member food bank, up to applicable limits. For every Discover card transaction made at U.S. Walmart stores and Walmart.com during the campaign period, Discover will donate the equivalent of one meal ($0.09) to Feeding America and its network of member food banks, up to $1 million. See Walmart.com/fighthunger for further details.
Support the Program Online
- Online Acts of Support: Generate meals for Feeding America food banks by engaging with the Fight Hunger. Spark Change. campaign on social media:
- Facebook – Create original content that uses #FightHunger; like, share and/or react positively to campaign content; click on Walmart provided campaign content.
- Instagram – create or share content using the campaign hashtag #FightHunger; like or share Walmart generated campaign content.
- Twitter – Create original content that uses #FightHunger; like, share and/or make a campaign tweet a favorite; retweet a message featuring the campaign hashtag #FightHunger; click on Walmart provided campaign content.
For each online act of support, Walmart will donate the equivalent of 10 meals ($0.90) to Feeding America on behalf of member food banks, up to $1.5 million.
Donate at the Register
Donate to a Feeding America member food bank at the register during checkout.
“This campaign is an important part of our ongoing commitment to helping families who struggle with hunger,” said Kathleen McLaughlin, president of the Walmart Foundation and chief sustainability officer for Walmart. “Together with suppliers, customers and friends at Feeding America, we’re dedicated to making a positive difference in the lives of those who live and work in the communities we serve.”
This is Walmart’s 11th year working with Feeding America nationally to fight hunger and the 4th annual “Fight Hunger. Spark Change.” campaign. Last year, The Greater Boston Food Bank benefited from $200,000 dollars from Walmart’s campaign to fight hunger.