BJ’s Wholesale Club, a leading operator of membership warehouse clubs in the Eastern United States, today announced a $50,000 donation to Forgotten Harvest. The donation from the BJ’s Charitable Foundation is part of the retailer’s initiative to help end hunger in Michigan.
“BJ’s is dedicated to nourishing our communities and helping families thrive by improving access to basic essentials including fresh, nutritious food,” said Kirk Saville, executive director, BJ’s Charitable Foundation. “We’re thrilled to donate $50,000 to Forgotten Harvest to support its school pantry program. This grant will help increase access and feed more families in food insecure communities.”
BJ’s grant to Forgotten Harvest is part of its recent $1 million donation to Feeding America, the nation’s largest domestic hunger-relief organization. The donation will support programs that expand direct access to food, including the School Pantry, mobile market and BackPack programs. With these programs, families facing food insecurity will be able to more easily access fresh, nutritious food to help put meals on the table.
“Food insecurity for many in metro Detroit is far above the national average: one in four children face food insecurity and 29 percent of working households do not earn enough to cover basic survival needs,” said Kirk Mayes, Chief Executive Officer of Forgotten Harvest. “With BJ’s generous support, we will be able to increase the amount of fresh, healthy food that is delivered to communities in need.”