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Food Bank of Alaska, Walmart, and Feeding America Launch “Fight Hunger. Spark Change.” Campaign to Combat Hunger in Alaska

May 8, 2019 – One in eight Americans in communities across the U.S. struggle with hunger, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, including one in seven in Alaska. To raise awareness and combat the issue, Walmart, Feeding America®, and Food Bank of Alaska are kicking off its sixth annual nationwide “Fight Hunger. Spark Change.” (FHSC) campaign, which will run from April 22 to May 20.

In partnership with Food Bank of Alaska (FBA), Walmart now invites shoppers to help fight hunger in their local community. There are three ways to participate – purchasing a participating item in-store or online, donating in-store, or donating on Feeding America’s website. Donations will be shared with FBA’s sister food banks, including Fairbanks Community Food Bank, Kenai Peninsula Food Bank, and the Southeast Alaska Food Bank in Juneau.

With 749 million meals achieved over the last five years, Alaskan customers and members can help the Feeding America network secure its 1 billion cumulative meals goal in three ways. They can track the number of meals by visiting www.walmart.com/fighthunger.

  • For every participating product purchased at U.S. Walmart stores or on Walmart.com during the campaign, the supplier will donate the monetary equivalent of at least one meal ($0.10) on behalf of a Feeding America member food bank, up to applicable limits.
  • Donate money to your local food bank at participating Walmart stores in the U.S.
  • Donate at feedingamerica.org/Walmart.

Walmart kickstarted the campaign with a $3 million donation to Feeding America and member food banks including Food Bank of Alaska. A purchase of one of the 267 participating items helps secure the equivalent of one meal. Each Walmart will partner with at least one Feeding America local food bank, and the 18 participating suppliers include: Bush Brothers, Campbell’s, Conagra Brands, Cliff Bar, General Mills, Gold Peak Tea, Great Value, Hidden Valley, JM Smucker, Kellogg, Kraft Heinz, McCormick, Motts, PepsiCo, Post, Uncle Ben’s, Nature Nate’s Honey and Unilever.

“Walmart is an important partner and donor to Food Bank of Alaska, and we are thrilled to be the beneficiary of the ‘Fight Hunger. Spark Change.’ campaign once again,” said Jim Baldwin, CEO of Food Bank of Alaska. “This campaign will not only provide meals to hungry Alaskans but will also raise awareness about the serious issue of hunger in our state. We invite Alaskans to join us and help feed our hungry neighbors.”

“As we go into our sixth year of the ‘Fight Hunger. Spark Change.’ campaign, it’s exciting to approach the 1 billion 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.”

Last year, Food Bank of Alaska and their partners benefited from $45,000 from Walmart’s commitment to fight hunger. Walmart also continues to be one of Food Bank of Alaska’s top food donors. To learn more about the campaign visit www.walmart.com/fighthunger.