Greater Chicago Food Depository, Walmart, Sam’s Club and Feeding America Launch “Fight Hunger. Spark Change.”

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Campaign to Combat Hunger in Chicago

There are more than 630,000 food insecure people in Cook County, according to Feeding America’s Food Map, while one in eight Americans in communities across the U.S. struggle with hunger.

In response, Walmart, Sam’s Club, Feeding America® and the Greater Chicago Food Depository are fighting hunger by inviting Chicago-area shoppers to participate in the sixth annual nationwide “Fight Hunger. Spark Change.” (FHSC) campaign, which runs until May 20.

Over the past five years, the campaign has achieved 749 million meals. Chicago-area customers and members can help Feeding America secure its 1 billion cumulative meals goal in three ways:

1)      Purchasing a participating item in store or online. For every participating product purchased during the campaign, the supplier will donate the monetary equivalent of one meal, which can be tracked at walmart.com/fighthunger.

2)      Donating to the Greater Chicago Food Depository at participating Sam’s Clubs and Walmart stores

3)      Donating on Feeding America’s website

“A healthy community starts with food. The presence of hunger among our neighbors affects us all and diminishes hope – in our communities and in ourselves,” said Sheila Creghin, vice president of operations for the Greater Chicago Food Depository. “Thank you, Walmart, for joining us in the mission to end hunger.”

Walmart kick started the campaign with a $3 million donation to Feeding America andmemberfood banks, including the Greater Chicago Food Depository.

“As we go into our sixth year of the ‘Fight Hunger. Spark Change.’campaign, it’s exciting to approach the1billion mark in terms of charitable meals secured for Feeding America over the life of the program,” said Kathleen McLaughlin, chief sustainability officer for Walmart. “Food insecurity continues to affect communities across the United States. Working with Feeding America, our customers, members, associates and suppliers, Walmart and Sam’s Club aim to be part of the solution.”

In the past five years, the Greater Chicago Food Depository has benefited from more than $457,000 from Walmart and Sam’s Club’s commitment to fight hunger.

To learn more about the campaign visit www.walmart.com/fighthunger.

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