Club donates 760,000 diapers to Feeding America food banks
6/23/2014, 12:58 p.m.
BJ’s Wholesale Club recently donated more than 760,000 diapers to Feeding America. The supplies will be distributed to Feeding America network food banks across the country to families who struggle to afford food and basic household items. The BJ’s Wholesale Club in Hampton Heights is donating more than 7,000 to help those families in their community.
A recent study found that the majority of Americans who are food insecure also struggle to buy basic necessities, including personal, home and baby care items that may not be covered by government assistance programs. Many of these families cope by altering eating habits, increasing the potential risks to the health and well-being of themselves and their children. Feeding America is the nation’s largest domestic hunger relief organization helping to combat these findings.
“BJ’s Wholesale Clubs supports communities in need by not only donating grocery items, but also by assisting families in protecting their most vulnerable members: their babies,” said Jessie Newman, AVP of Community Affairs at BJ's Wholesale Club. “By expanding the scope of our donations, we are continuing to help even more families build stronger communities — an effort we are honored and proud to support.”
BJ’s is donating diapers in sizes 2,3,4,5 and 6, amounting to more than $130,000 nationally. They are donating 9,880 diapers locally in Hampton to Food Bank of the Virginia Peninsula.
“In addition to providing families with nutritious food options, Feeding America works to support a healthier lifestyle for those who may be struggling,” said Leah Ray, vice president of corporate partnerships at Feeding America. “By providing diapers to families, thanks to the donation by BJ’s Wholesale Club, we can reduce the chance they will have to choose between buying this necessity and other vital items for their baby.”
BJ’s Wholesale Club has donated more than 20 million pounds of food to Feeding America, and more than $19 million to 2,200 community organizations since 2005; and has supported BJ’s Adopt-a-School Program, which has served 2,575 elementary schools since 1996.