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Walmart, Sam's Club join campaign to boost Second Harvest

The "Fight Hunger. Spark Change." campaign runs through May 3.
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Second Harvest Food Bank of the Mahoning Valley workers lined a storeroom at the Youngstown facility with emergency boxes. (Photo by Justin Dennis | Mahoning Matters)

YOUNGSTOWN — Walmart and Sam’s Club are supporting a nationwide network of food banks, including Second Harvest Food Bank of the Mahoning Valley, through the "Fight Hunger. Spark Change." campaign that launched Monday.

Acoording to Second Harvest, approximately one in six adults and one in four children in the Mahoning Valley could experience food insecurity this year due to the ongoing economic fallout from the COVID-19 pandemic.

Now in its eighth year, the "Fight Hunger. Spark Change." campaign has been a way for Walmart and Sam’s Club to partner with suppliers, customers and members to help provide food to people in need. The "Fight Hunger. Spark Change." campaign will run in stores and online through May 3.

There are three ways for customers and members to participate: 

  • Donate at the check-out in stores and clubs, or at either www.FeedingAmerica.org/Walmart or www.FeedingAmerica.org/SamsClub;
  • Round-up at check-out on Walmart.com and the Walmart app;
  • For every participating product purchased in-store or online at Walmart.com or SamsClub.com, the supplier will donate the monetary equivalent of at least one meal on behalf of a Feeding America member food bank at Walmart and five meals at Sam’s Club, up to applicable limits. See specially marked packages for full details.

“The Mahoning Valley has faced a number of challenges this past year and we have worked hard to serve our neighbors in their time of need. Walmart and Sam’s Club have been a true partner in this effort,” said Mike Iberis, Second Harvest executive director in a news release. “Second Harvest Food Bank of the Mahoning Valley is grateful for Walmart, Sam’s Club and their suppliers, members and customers for their generous support.” 

Second Harvest Food Bank of the Mahoning Valley continues to work hard to meet the demand for food assistance in Columbiana, Mahoning and Trumbull counties. The Food Bank increased its distribution by more than 4 million pounds of food during 2020 as a result of the pandemic.  

“Fighting hunger means more than just feeding people. It means helping them on a path to fulfill their potential, because nutritious food is the foundation for good health and wellbeing,” said Kathleen McLaughlin, executive vice president and chief sustainability officer for Walmart. “Central to our mission at Walmart is helping people live better and that includes ensuring they have access to nutritious food."

Last year, Second Harvest Food Bank received $46,507 from Walmart and Sam’s Club as a result of the campaign. 

To learn more about this year’s campaign visit www.walmart.com/fighthunger.