BJ’s Charitable Foundation commits to nourishing communities and helping families thrive with $1 million donation to Feeding America

BJ’s Charitable Foundation commits to nourishing communities and helping families thrive with $1 million donation to Feeding America

 

WESTBOROUGH, Mass., 2017-May-12 — /EPR Retail News/ — BJ’s Wholesale Club today (May 9, 2017) announced a $1 million donation from its foundation to Feeding America, the nation’s largest domestic hunger-relief organization. BJ’s donation will support local food banks on the East Coast by providing infrastructure to support growth and resources to handle additional perishable food.

This donation supports the BJ’s Charitable Foundation’s mission to bring a fresh approach to nourishing communities and helping families thrive.

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. BJ’s $1 million donation to Feeding America is the foundation’s largest single donation to any organization to date.

“BJ’s is committed to nourishing our communities and helping families thrive, and we’re thrilled to support Feeding America with our foundation’s largest donation ever,” said Chris Baldwin, president and CEO, BJ’s Wholesale Club. “Every family should have access to fresh, nutritious food, and BJ’s is proud to partner with Feeding America to help make this a reality.”

In the United States, 72 billion pounds of food is wasted every year in the U.S., according to ReFED, a nonprofit committed to reducing U.S. food waste. This loss occurs at every stage of the food production and distribution system—from farmers to packers and shippers, to manufacturers and retailers.

“There is enough food produced in this country to feed every person who struggles with hunger in America, and sadly much of it never makes it to the dinner table,” said Andy Wilson, chief development officer of Feeding America. “Unfortunately, many perishables are wasted because an inability or lack of bandwidth to rescue and redistribute the massive amount of food that’s discarded. Thanks to BJ’s Charitable Foundation, we can grow our infrastructure and help ensure more families have access to healthy meals before nutritious, fresh food heads to landfills.”

In addition to capacity building grants from the BJ’s Charitable Foundation, BJ’s has secured over 50 million pounds of donated food, including fresh produce, frozen meats and fish, baked goods and dairy items, and helped deliver 13 million meals to neighbors in need through the BJ’s Feeding Communities® program.

To learn more about the BJ’s Charitable Foundation and its Feeding Communities Program, visit bjs.com/charity.

About BJ’s Wholesale Club, Inc.
Headquartered in Westborough, Massachusetts, BJ’s is the leading operator of membership warehouse clubs in the Eastern United States. The company currently operates 214 clubs and 132 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 and, for greater convenience, offers the most payment options.

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BJ’s is wholly owned by affiliates of Leonard Green & Partners, CVC Capital Partners and its management team.

About Feeding America
Feeding America is the nationwide network of 200 food banks that leads the fight against hunger in the United States. Together, we provide food to more than 46 million people through 60,000 food pantries and meal programs in communities across America. Feeding America also supports programs that improve food security among the people we serve; educates the public about the problem of hunger; and advocates for legislation that protects people from going hungry. Individuals, charities, businesses and government all have a role in ending hunger. Donate. Volunteer. Advocate. Educate.  Together we can solve hunger. Visit www.feedingamerica.org, find us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter.

For further information:
Jennie Hardin
JHardin@bjs.com
774-512-6978

Kristy Houston
KHouston@bjs.com
774-512-5086

SOURCE: BJ’s Wholesale Club

Lowe’s supports Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture with $1 million donation

MOORESVILLE, N.C., 2016-Sep-26 — /EPR Retail News/ — Lowe’s Companies, Inc. (NYSE: LOW) today (Sept. 23, 2016) announced a $1 million donation to the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture. The gift will support the museum’s future and help bring thought-provoking exhibitions, artifacts, and education and public programs on the African American experience and its impact on the nation and the world to visitors. The museum will be dedicated Sept. 24, 2016, by President Barack Obama.

The nearly 400,000-square-foot museum, which sits on a five-acre site adjacent to the Washington Monument, will be a place where Americans can learn about the richness and diversity of the African American experience. Since its start in 2003, the museum has built a collection of nearly 30,000 objects covering major periods of African American history, beginning with the origins in Africa and continuing through slavery, the civil rights era, the Harlem Renaissance, the great migrations north and west and into the 21st century.

“Lowe’s is proud to support the National Museum of African American History and Culture in honoring the rich experience and contributions of the African American community, and how it has shaped our national identity,” said Robert Niblock, Lowe’s chairman, president and chief executive officer. “Our support connects to a broader commitment to be even more thoughtful and intentional about embracing diversity as part of our everyday business.”

Lowe’s continues to expand its diversity and inclusion outreach by engaging in hundreds of related events and initiatives annually. With focused efforts on increasing diverse talent, supporting diverse suppliers and empowering diverse students, Lowe’s partners with organizations including, the National Black MBA Association (NBMBAA), National Association of Black Accountants (NABA),Women of Color STEM, National Minority Supplier Development Council, Urban League and UNCF (United Negro College Fund), to empower the African American community.

For more information about Lowe’s commitment to diversity and philanthropy, visit Lowes.com/SocialResponsibility.

About the Museum
The National Museum of African American History and Culture was established by an Act of Congress through legislation signed into law in 2003 by President George W. Bush. The museum has been built on the National Mall in Washington, D.C., on a five-acre tract adjacent to the Washington Monument. The 19th museum in the Smithsonian family, it is the nation’s largest and most comprehensive cultural institution devoted exclusively to exploring and documenting the African American story and its impact on American history. For more information, visit the museum’s website at nmaahc.si.edu.

About Lowe’s in the Community
Lowe’s, a FORTUNE® 50 home improvement company, has a 50-year legacy of supporting the communities it serves through programs that focus on K-12 public education and community improvement projects. Since 2007, Lowe’s and the Lowe’s Charitable and Educational Foundation together have contributed more than $250 million to these efforts, and for more than two decades Lowe’s Heroes employee volunteers have donated their time to make our communities better places to live. To learn more, visit Lowes.com/SocialResponsibility and LowesInTheCommunity.tumblr.com.

Media Inquiries:

704-758-2917
PublicRelations@Lowes

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Lowe’s supports Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture with $1 million donation
Lowe’s supports Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture with $1 million donation

 

SOURCE: Lowe’s Companies, Inc.