Last Updated on April 29, 2022 by Food Finders

Lafayette, IN – Now in the third year of the COVID-19 pandemic, families and charitable food systems in North Central Indiana continue to feel the economic impact, while also navigating the added effects of inflation and supply chain disruptions.  

With one in eight people in Food Finders Food Bank’s service area experiencing food insecurity, Walmart and Sam’s Club are supporting the Feeding America® nationwide network of food banks, including Food Finders, through the ninth annual Fight Hunger. Spark Change. campaign. 

The campaign will run in store and online from April 18-May 15. There are three easy ways to support neighbors in need. 

  • For every participating product purchased in store or online at Walmart.com or SamsClub.com, the supplier will donate the monetary equivalent of at least one meal ($0.10) on behalf of a Feeding America member food bank at Walmart and five meals ($0.50) at Sam’s Club, up to applicable limits. See specially marked packages for full details.  
  • Donate at check-out in stores or clubs or round up at Walmart.com. 
  • Donate at Feeding America’s Fight Hunger. Spark Change. campaign donation site at either www.FeedingAmerica.org/Walmart or www.FeedingAmerica.org/SamsClub

 “Like so many others, Food Finders quickly pivoted in the early days of COVID, adjusting our programs to meet the increased demand in 2020. However, two years later, the demand has not yet returned to pre-pandemic levels,” says Katy Bunder, president and CEO for Food Finders Food Bank. “We just witnessed another surge across all of our programs last month, as inflation and lingering supply chain issues, combined with world and economic uncertainty, hit the people we serve yet again,” Bunder says.  

“Hunger knows no boundaries and affects all of our communities. For the ninth year, Walmart and Sam’s Club invites our customers, members and suppliers to join us in the fight against hunger and help neighbors in need by participating in the Fight Hunger. Spark Change. campaign,” said Kathleen McLaughlin, executive vice president and chief sustainability officer at Walmart and president of the Walmart Foundation. “Together, we can help communities live better by expanding access to healthy, nutritious food.” 

“The ongoing support from Walmart and Sam’s Club has been imperative for the past nine years,” says Bunder. From the campaign fund donations that allow us to pay for the necessities to carry out our mission, to the weekly food donations we receive, they are true partners in our efforts to end hunger.”  

The 21 participating suppliers for Walmart include: Abbott; BIMBO Bakeries, USA; BODYARMOR; Bush Brothers & Company; Campbell Soup Company; Ferrera Candy Company; General Mills; Great Value; Iovate Health Sciences; J. M. Smucker; Kellogg’s; Keurig Dr Pepper; Kraft Heinz; Materne North America; Monster Energy; Post Consumer Brands; Simply Good Foods; The Clorox Company; The Coca-Cola Company; Unilever; and United States Nutrition. 

The participating suppliers for Sam’s Club include: Cascade (Procter & Gamble); Dole Packaged Foods, LLC; General Mills; J. M. Smucker; Kellogg’s; Keurig Dr Pepper; Materne North America; Member’s Mark; Purina; and PEPSICO. 

To learn more about the campaign, visit https://www.feedingamerica.org/about-us/partners/current-promotions/fight-hunger-spark-change

*Currently, $1 helps provide at least 10 meals secured by Feeding America® on behalf of local member food banks. 

SOURCE: News release from Food Finders