Awarded through BJ's Charitable Foundation, the grant will support direct food access programs at ten Feeding America member food banks in the eastern U.S., with a focus on mobile pantries and Feeding America's School Pantry Program. The grant also will fund pilot programs aimed at improving food access for families and support program evaluation and local data collection that leads to better understanding of the needs of people served by food banks.
"BJ's is dedicated to nourishing our communities and helping families thrive by providing access to basic essentials, including fresh, nutritious food," said BJ's Charitable Foundation executive director Kirk Saville. "We're thrilled to donate $1 million to Feeding America to improve access to quality food and invest in long-term solutions for hunger relief. This grant will support innovative new models that will help us reach food-insecure families in the future and complements our retail food rescue program that donates millions of meals every year."