Through online acts of support, purchases of participating products and donations at the register, the Fight Hunger. Spark Change. campaign aims to help Feeding America secure 100 million meals on behalf of member food banks
South Dakota (April 17, 2017) – This week, Walmart launched its “Fight Hunger. Spark Change.” campaign, a nationwide initiative calling on the public to take action in the fight against hunger. The Feeding America nationwide network of 200 food banks, of which Feeding South Dakota is a member, stands to benefit from the campaign goal to secure at least 100 million meals for Feeding America food banks across the country.
“We appreciate Walmart’s ongoing commitment to fighting hunger and are thrilled that Walmart is asking the public to get involved and make a difference in their local communities through the ‘Fight Hunger. Spark Change.’ campaign,” said Matt Gassen, CEO of Feeding South Dakota. “This campaign will significantly boost our collective ability to raise awareness about the issue of hunger in America, allowing us to secure more local funds and ultimately provide food to more people in need in South Dakota. We hope people across our state will take action and participate in the campaign.”
Working with customers, Discover and five of its national suppliers – Campbell Soup Company, General Mills, Kellogg Company, the Kraft Heinz Company and PepsiCo – Walmart is offering three easy ways for everyone to take action against hunger and help families in their own communities through social, online and in-store participation.
With the USDA reporting that one in eight people in America struggle with hunger, the “Fight Hunger. Spark Change.” campaign comes at a critical time. Here in South Dakota, one in eight people may not know where they will find their next meal. Even more staggering is that one in every six children in South Dakota are going to bed hungry.
“This campaign is an important part of our ongoing commitment to helping families who struggle with hunger,” said Kathleen McLaughlin, president of the Walmart Foundation and chief sustainability officer for Walmart. “Together with suppliers, customers and friends at Feeding America, we’re dedicated to making a positive difference in the lives of those who live and work in the communities we serve.”
This is Walmart’s 11th year working with Feeding America nationally to fight hunger and the 4th annual “Fight Hunger. Spark Change.” campaign. Last year, Feeding South Dakota benefited from $89,000 dollars from Walmart’s campaign to fight hunger. In the spring of 2016, Walmart stores in South Dakota also awarded Feeding South Dakota a 2017 Freightliner 28’ van with reefer unit to grow Feeding South Dakota’s Retail Store Pickup program which focuses on food donations from retail stores. This truck is also used to increase food distribution across eastern South Dakota.
To learn more about the campaign, visit www.walmart.com/fighthunger.