HIAWATHA, IA - July 7, 2021 - The east central Iowa community helped to raise $39,332 for local families in need through Walmart and Sam’s Club’s Fight Hunger. Spark Change. campaign. In its eighth year, Walmart and Sam’s Club associates engaged their customers and members, along with 27 participating suppliers to help fight hunger and feed hope.
“Our neighbors are facing difficult times, and one in nine are struggling to find their next meal. HACAP Food Reservoir is incredibly grateful for Walmart, Sam’s Club, their associates, suppliers, customers and members who helped to support the Fight Hunger. Spark Change. campaign,” said Kim Guardado, HACAP Food Reservoir Director.
Each Walmart and Sam’s Club was matched with at least one of 200 local Feeding America® member food banks. Through the campaign, shoppers made monetary donations at checkout or purchased participating items in stores or online to benefit their local food bank. For every participating product purchased, the participating supplier made a donation to HACAP Food Reservoir.
More than $26.5 million was raised this year through the Fight Hunger. Spark Change. campaign. Funds will benefit 200 Feeding America member food banks nationwide. Walmart kick started the campaign with a $3 million donation, most of which supported food banks in communities with the highest rates of food insecurity and racial and access disparities.
Walmart and Sam’s Club provide donations of both food and funds to support programs at HACAP Food Reservoir. Each of the Walmart and Sam’s Club locations in our service area is an important retail partner in our food rescue program. Through those donations we can provide our neighbors with nutritious, filling food.