Ozarks Food Harvest, Walmart and Sam’s Club launch “Fight Hunger. Spark Change.” campaign
Donations will help The Food Bank continue to address the increased need caused by the COVID-19 pandemic
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. —Walmart, Sam’s Club, Feeding America and Ozarks Food Harvest are launching the eighth annual nationwide “Fight Hunger. Spark Change.” campaign online and in stores to help provide food to families experiencing hunger due to COVID-19.
The “Fight Hunger. Spark Change.” campaign runs in store and online from April 5 through May 3. Walmart and Sam’s Club customers can donate when they place an online order, check out in-store or purchase a specially marked item. The campaign will help The Food Bank provide meals to the in 1 in 5 children and 1 in 7 adults facing hunger in its 28-county service area.
“We’ve seen our demand dramatically increase in the past year due to the economic fallout of COVID-19,” said Bart Brown, president/CEO of Ozarks Food Harvest. “We’re so grateful to partner with Walmart, Sam’s Club and their suppliers as 96 cents of every dollar donated goes directly towards food programs.”
Ozarks Food Harvest is the largest COVID-19-related donor to charities in southwest Missouri. Since April 2020, Ozarks Food Harvest has hosted more than 115 Mobile Food Pantries, purchased an additional $3.6 million worth of food and provided a record-breaking 22 million meals for its network of 270 hunger-relief organizations.
“Central to our mission at Walmart is helping people live better and that includes ensuring they have access to nutritious food,” said Kathleen McLaughlin, executive vice president and chief sustainability officer for Walmart. “In its eighth year, ‘Fight Hunger. Spark Change.’ continues to provide communities a way to support local food banks alongside their neighbors, trusted brands and their local Walmart and Sam’s Club.”
Since 2010, the “Fight Hunger. Spark Change.” campaign has raised nearly $850,000 for Ozarks Food Harvest to provide more than 3.3 million meals for children, families and seniors in southwest Missouri. For more information on the campaign or to make an online donation, visit FeedingAmerica.org/Walmart or FeedingAmerica.org/SamsClub.
About Ozarks Food Harvest — The Food Bank
Ozarks Food Harvest is the Feeding America food bank for southwest Missouri, serving 270 hunger-relief organizations across 28 Ozarks counties. The Food Bank provides 22 million meals annually to more than 261,000 unduplicated individuals. Learn more at ozarksfoodharvest.org, facebook.com/ozarksfoodharvest or twitter.com/ozksfoodharvest.
Walmart Inc. (NYSE: WMT) helps people around the world save money and live better – anytime and anywhere – in retail stores, online, and through their mobile devices. Each week, over 265 million customers and members visit approximately 11,500 stores under 56 banners in 27 countries and eCommerce websites. With fiscal year 2020 revenue of $524 billion, Walmart employs over 2.2 million associates worldwide. Walmart continues to be a leader in sustainability, corporate philanthropy and employment opportunity. Additional information about Walmart can be found by visiting corporate.walmart.com, on Facebook at facebook.com/walmart and on Twitter at twitter.com/walmart.
Sam’s Club®, a division of Walmart, Inc. (NYSE: WMT), is a leading membership warehouse club offering superior products, savings and services to millions of members in nearly 600 clubs in the U.S. and Puerto Rico. Now in its 37th year, Sam’s Club continues to redefine warehouse shopping with its highly curated assortment of high-quality fresh food and Member’s Mark items, in addition to market leading technologies and services like Scan & Go, Club Pickup and home delivery service in select markets. To learn more about Sam’s Club, visit the Sam’s Club Newsroom, shop at SamsClub.com, and interact with Sam’s Club on Twitter and Facebook.