Walmart, Sam’s Club’s “Fight Hunger. Spark Change” Campaign Raises Over $60,000 to Fight Hunger in Northwest Indiana
Walmart stores across Northwest Indiana helped to raise $60,006.29 for Lake and Porter County families in need through Walmart and Sam’s Club’s “Fight Hunger. Spark Change.” campaign. In its sixth year, Walmart and Sam’s Club engaged 18 suppliers and the public in its nationwide campaign that raises money for local food banks and brings national attention to the issue of hunger.
In Northwest Indiana, one in eight people struggles to put food on their tables, including nearly 30,000 children.
“The Food Bank of Northwest Indiana works hard every day to help people who may not know where their next meal will come from. We are grateful to Walmart, Sam’s Club, their associates, dedicated suppliers and everyone in our community who helped supported the ‘Fight Hunger. Spark Change.’ campaign,” said Allyson Vaulx, Director of Development.
Each Walmart and Sam’s Club worked with at least one of the 200 local Feeding America member food banks, raising money by encouraging shoppers to make a donation or purchase participating items in-store or online. For every participating product purchased, the equivalent of one meal was donated to a local food bank.
More than $26 million dollars were raised nationally this year through “Fight Hunger. Spark Change.” Additionally, Walmart and Sam’s Club exceeded their goal of securing 1 billion meals for local food banks since it launched.
“Because of the generous support of our suppliers, customers and associates, food banks will be able to do even more this year to help meet the needs in their communities,” said Julie Gehrki, vice president of the Walmart Foundation. “We are passionate about fighting hunger, and through this campaign, we have taken another significant step to help raise awareness of hunger in America and support local efforts to increase access to healthier, nutritious food.”
This year’s “Fight Hunger. Spark Change.” campaign provides more than 180,000 meals to individuals and families in Lake and Porter Counties. Locally, Walmart stores also provide critical retail donations to support partner food pantries, and Walmart employees regularly volunteer their time to deliver food assistance at Mobile Market distributions.