Southern Nevada shoppers helped raise $179,705 for local families in need through Walmart and Sam’s Club’s “Fight Hunger. Spark Change.” campaign, now 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.
The funds raised will help Three Square in the fight against hunger, and support programs such as BackPack for Kids and Golden Groceries.
“Three Square works hard every day to help people who may not know where their next meal is coming from. We are tremendously grateful to Walmart, Sam’s Club, their associates, dedicated suppliers and everyone in our community who have joined the fight against hunger and supported the ‘Fight Hunger. Spark Change.’ campaign,” said Brian Burton, president and CEO of Three Square Food Bank.
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.
“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.”
In 2018, “Fight Hunger. Spark Change” raised $148,858 for the one in eight that struggle with hunger in Southern Nevada. In addition to the campaign, Walmart and Sam’s Club donate food and funds to the Feeding America network of food banks year-round. Last summer, Sam’s Club donated more than 1,000 boxes of diapers and wipes to help local families in need.
To learn more about how you can join the fight to end hunger, visit threesquare.org.
*$1 helps secure at least 10 meals on behalf of local Feeding America food banks.