Charleston, SC -- Thanks to a $20,000 grant from the BJ's Charitable Foundation, Lowcountry Food Bank will provide children and their families with nutritious food through our School Market program. School Markets provide students and their families the opportunity to select food items to take home. These permanent pantries are located in Lowcountry Food Bank-partner schools and promote a dignified service experience for our neighbors who experience food insecurity.
34 million people in America face hunger, including more than 9 million children – that’s 1 in 8 households with children. In the 10 coastal South Carolina counties served by Lowcountry Food Bank, 9.6% of the population experiences food insecurity, which represents more than 144,000 of our neighbors. More than 42,000 of this population are children.
“All children, regardless of race or zip code, need nutritious food to thrive. It shouldn’t take a parent skipping a meal for themselves to make sure their child’s basic needs are met,” said Nick Osborne, President and CEO of Lowcountry Food Bank. “We are grateful for BJ’s Wholesale Club’s generosity to help us continue our work at a time when food prices remain high and budgets for millions of families are tightening. BJ's has been a consistent supporter of our programs that alleviate childhood hunger."
September is Hunger Action Month® and BJ’s Wholesale Club joined forces with the Feeding America network to raise awareness on the impact of food insecurity in communities across the United States. This year, the BJ’s Charitable Foundation has committed over $1 million to support Feeding America’s mission to end hunger in the U.S.
BJ’s Wholesale Club is proudly committed to helping families meet essential needs. For more than 15 years, the BJ’s and Feeding America partnership has supported food insecurity programs, COVID-19 response programs, and emergency relief efforts. BJ’s clubs and distribution centers have also provided millions of meals to local families in need with donations of unsold fresh food.
To learn more and to join the movement to end hunger in America, visit feedingamerica.org/hungeractionmonth.
About the Lowcountry Food Bank: Feed. Advocate. Empower.
The Lowcountry Food Bank serves the 10 coastal counties of South Carolina and distributed more than 40 million pounds of food in 2022. The Lowcountry Food Bank helps fight hunger by distributing food to more than 230 partner agencies including on-site meal programs, homeless shelters and emergency food pantries. The Lowcountry Food Bank advocates on behalf of those who experience hunger and helps empower people to make healthy and nutritious food choices. For more information, visit the Lowcountry Food Bank website.
About Feeding America
Feeding America is committed to an America where no one is hungry. We support tens of millions of people who experience food insecurity to get the food and resources they say they need to thrive as part of a nationwide network of food banks, statewide food bank associations, food pantries and meal programs. We also invest in innovative solutions to increase equitable access to nutritious food, advocate for legislation that improves food security and work to address factors that impact food security, such as health, cost of living and employment.
We partner with people experiencing food insecurity, policymakers, organizations, and supporters, united with them in a movement to end hunger. Visit FeedingAmerica.org.
About BJ’s Charitable Foundation
Established in 2004 by BJ’s Wholesale Club, the BJ’s Charitable Foundation provides essentials needs to families in the local communities BJ’s members and team members live and work. Through local and national non-profit partnerships, the Foundation focuses its giving efforts on three main pillars: hunger relief, education and health and wellness. Learn more at https://www.bjs.com/esg
About BJ's Wholesale Club Holdings, Inc.
BJ’s Wholesale Club Holdings, Inc. (NYSE: BJ) is a leading operator of membership warehouse clubs focused on delivering significant value to its members and serving a shared purpose: “We take care of the families who depend on us.” The company provides a curated assortment of grocery, general merchandise, gasoline and ancillary services to offer a differentiated shopping experience that is further enhanced by its omnichannel capabilities. Headquartered in Marlborough, Massachusetts, the company pioneered the warehouse club model in New England in 1984 and currently operates 238 clubs and 168 BJ's Gas® locations in 19 states. For more information, please visit us at www.BJs.com or on Facebook, X (formerly known as Twitter), or Instagram.
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