If you told us a year ago we’d be where we are today, we wouldn’t have believed you. After a record year of food distribution, the entire staff at Arkansas Foodbank would agree that our accomplishments during the pandemic were only possible because of communities coming together to feed their neighbors. Donors gave more. Volunteers worked mobile distributions. Staff put in overtime to pack boxes. Retail partners helped us fill the gaps. Partner agencies had to think outside of the box. Which is why the last 12 months paint the perfect picture of communities coming together to make sure children, families and seniors had the food they needed to survive.
But we’re still fighting. More people than ever before are facing uncertainty when it comes to making ends meet – and we know it’s going to take a while for them to get back on their feet. Typically, when funds are tight, food budgets are first on the chopping block. We know that in order to truly eradicate food-insecurity, we’ll have to work together. And everyone has a role to play in the fight against hunger, so in order to spark change, keep reading to learn what you can do to help.
Arkansas Foodbank is one of 200 participating Feeding America member food banks in the country working to combat food insecurity. Through the Fight Hunger. Spark Change. campaign, you can help support our efforts simply by buying a participating item in-store or online, donating at checkout in-store, or rounding up online. You’ll be feeding stomachs, plus the hopes & dreams of people in your local community. Fight hunger where you live, and help us secure even more meals in our cities, towns and state.
Between April 5th to May 3rd, 2021, there are two ways that you can participate in Walmart & Sam’s Club Fight Hunger. Spark Change. Campaign!
1. Donate at the register of your local Sam’s and Walmart stores.
Walmart cashiers will ask customers to donate or you are encouraged to let them know you would like to donate. Donations can be made by rounding up your total or in increments of $1, $2, $5.
If you are checking out through a self check out, click “Finish & Pay” on the register and a prompt will pop up and say, “Will you donate to fight hunger?” From there you are able to choose to donate by rounding up your total or in increments of $1, $2, $5.
All donations made at the register stay local and are donated to Arkansas Foodbank.
2. Specific Product Purchases
There are 18 partner suppliers that will donate the monetary equivalent of one meal for each purchase of participating products at Walmart stores, online at Walmart.com and Grocery.Walmart.com during the campaign.
One item = one meal @ $0.10 per meal (Walmart)
One item = five meals @ $0.10 per meal (Sam’s Club)
Click here to find out what participating items will count towards this campaign.
To learn more about the Fight Hunger. Spark Change. campaign and how you can get involved, click here!
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