(Aug. 2, 2018) – BJ’s Wholesale Club (NYSE: BJ) today announced a $50,000 donation from the BJ’s Charitable Foundation to Lowcountry Food Bank, a Feeding America® member food bank. BJ’s donation will provide fresh, nutritious food to children across the region through Lowcountry Food Bank’s Hunger-Free Summer Meals and School Pantry Programs
“BJ’s is committed to nourishing our communities and helping families thrive, and we’re excited to support Lowcountry Food Bank’s Hunger-Free Summer Meals and School Pantry Programs,” said Kirk Saville, executive director, BJ’s Charitable Foundation. “Hunger-relief programs are crucial for children and families who lose access to school lunches in the summer. Through our partnership with Feeding America, we’re helping to provide access to fresh, healthy food to families when school is out for the summer.”
With BJ’s $50,000 grant, Lowcountry Food Bank will increase the number of fresh, nutritious meals distributed to children and families through the Summer Meals and School Pantry programs.
“We are proud of our ongoing partnership with BJ’s Wholesale Club,” said Pat Walker, president and CEO, Lowcountry Food Bank. “Their generous $50,000 donation will help fund two of our childhood hunger programs including Summer Meals and School Pantry.”
During the school year, more than 22 million children receive free or reduced-price meals through the National School Lunch and Breakfast Programs. In the summer months, fewer than 4 million children receive free or reduced-priced meals through the USDA Summer Food Service Program. From mobile and school pantries to congregate meal sites in public areas like summer camps, the Feeding America network operates different program models to increase the number of meals provided to children over the summer.
Since 2009, BJ’s has provided ongoing support to Feeding America through the BJ’s Charitable Foundation and BJ’s Feeding Communities® program, helping local food banks successfully expand their programs to reach wider and more diverse audiences.
In addition to summer programming and capacity-building grants from the BJ’s Charitable Foundation, BJ’s has secured over 70 million pounds of donated food, including fresh produce, frozen meats and fish, baked goods and dairy items, and helped distribute 58 million meals to neighbors in need through the BJ’s Feeding Communities® program.
About BJ's Wholesale Club Holdings, Inc.
Headquartered in Westborough, Massachusetts, BJ's Wholesale Club Holdings, Inc. is a leading operator of membership warehouse clubs on the East Coast of the United States. The company currently operates 215 clubs and 135 BJ's Gas® locations in 16 states.
BJ's provides a one-stop shopping destination filled with top-quality, leading brands, including its exclusive Wellsley Farms® and Berkley Jensen® brands, along with USDA Choice meats, premium produce and delicious organics, many in supermarket sizes. BJ's is also the only major membership warehouse club to accept all manufacturers' coupons.
The Company’s common stock is traded on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE: BJ).
About Lowcountry Food Bank
The Lowcountry Food Bank serves the 10 coastal counties of South Carolina and distributed more than 28 million pounds of food in 2017. The Lowcountry Food Bank helps fight hunger by distributing food to nearly 300 partner agencies including soup kitchens, homeless shelters and emergency food pantries. The Lowcountry Food Bank is a member of the national Feeding America network. The Lowcountry Food Bank advocates on behalf of the hungry and helps empower people to make healthy and nutritious food choices. For more information go to http://www.lowcountryfoodbank.org.