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FORT PIERCE, FL. April 25, 2022 – Now in the third year of the COVID-19 pandemic, families and charitable food systems on the Treasure Coast continue to feel the economic impact while also navigating the added effects of inflation and supply chain disruptions.

With one in 4 people on the Treasure Coast experiencing food insecurity, Walmart and Sam’s Club are supporting Treasure Coast Food Bank and the entire Feeding America nationwide network of food banks through the ninth annual Fight Hunger. Spark Change campaign.

The campaign will run in stores and online from today through May 15. There are three easy ways to support neighbors in need:

· For every participating product purchased in stores 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.

“With supply chain issues and inflation driving up the cost of food and other necessities, we’re seeing more people seeking help than ever before,” said Judith Cruz, President and CEO of Treasure Coast Food Bank. “The Fight Hunger. Spark Change campaign is a tremendous help when we need it most, and it provides an opportunity for everybody to help their neighbors in need.”

Throughout the pandemic, Treasure Coast Food Bank has addressed the growing need for food with new programs like its rolling grocery store known as Market Fresh on the Move, and an online ordering system called Order Ahead.

“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.”

Walmart and local associates on the Treasure Coast are longtime partners of Treasure Coast Food Bank, providing expertise on logistics and supply chain operations as well as volunteering to help pack food for area families, seniors and children.

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.

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

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ABOUT TREASURE COAST FOOD BANK

Treasure Coast Food Bank is the only food bank and largest hunger relief organization on Florida’s Treasure Coast, providing the community each year with millions of meals valued at more than $50 million through robust programs and in partnership with 400 charitable organizations in Indian River, St. Lucie, Martin, and Okeechobee counties. In addition to emergency food distribution, Treasure Coast Food Bank operates a full roster of direct service programs that not only solve the immediate problem of hunger, but help individuals and families gain long-term food security, better health outcomes, and self-sufficiency. Treasure Coast Food Bank is a member of Feeding America, the nationwide network of 200 food banks that leads the fight against hunger in the United States. For more information on Treasure Coast Food Bank, call 772.489.3034, log on to stophunger.org, visit our Facebook page at facebook.com/tcfoodbank, or follow us on Twitter at twitter.com/tcfoodbank.

About Feeding America

Feeding America® is the largest hunger-relief organization in the United States. Through a network of more than 200 food banks, 21 statewide food bank associations, and over 60,000 partner agencies, food pantries and meal programs, we helped provide 6.6 billion meals to tens of millions of people in need last year. Feeding America also supports programs that prevent food waste and improve food security among the people we serve; brings attention to the social and systemic barriers that contribute to food insecurity in our nation; and advocates for legislation that protects people from going hungry. Visit www.feedingamerica.org, find us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter.

Walmart

Walmart Inc. (NYSE: WMT) helps people around the world save money and live better — anytime and anywhere — in retail stores, online and through their mobile devices. Each week, approximately 230 million customers and members visit approximately 10,500 stores and clubs under 46 banners in 24 countries and eCommerce websites. With fiscal year 2022 revenue of $573 billion, Walmart employs 2.3 million associates worldwide. Walmart continues to be a leader in sustainability, corporate philanthropy and employment opportunity. Additional information about Walmart can be found by visiting corporate.walmart.com, on Facebook at www.facebook.com/walmart and on Twitter at www.twitter.com/walmart.

Sam’s Club

Sam’s Club®, a division of Walmart Inc. (NYSE: WMT), is a leading membership warehouse club offering superior products, savings, and services to millions of members in nearly 600 U.S. clubs, including Puerto Rico. Now in its 39th year, Sam’s Club continues to redefine warehouse shopping with its highly curated assortment of high-quality fresh food and Member’s Mark items and market-leading technologies and services like Scan & Go™, Curbside Pickup and home delivery service in select markets. To learn more about Sam’s Club, visit the Sam’s Club Newsroom, shop at samsclub.com, and interact with Sam’s Club on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and Tik Tok.