BJ’s Charitable Foundation Donates $50,000 to Feeding Tampa Bay to Celebrate New Club in Clearwater, Florida

Mar 22, 2019 08:00 am
WESTBOROUGH, Mass. -- 

BJ’s Wholesale Club (NYSE: BJ) today announced a $50,000 donation from the BJ’s Charitable Foundation to Feeding Tampa Bay, a Feeding America® member food bank. BJ’s donation will provide fresh, nutritious food to people who are food insecure and lack consistent and easy access to healthy meals. The donation also celebrates BJ’s upcoming club opening in Clearwater, Florida.

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Ron Briggs, General Manager, BJ’s Wholesale Club in Clearwater presents a $50,000 donation from the  ...

Ron Briggs, General Manager, BJ’s Wholesale Club in Clearwater presents a $50,000 donation from the BJ’s Charitable Foundation to Thomas Mantz, Executive Director, Feeding Tampa Bay. (Photo: Business Wire)

“BJ’s is committed to nourishing our communities and helping families thrive, and we’re proud to be a long-time supporter of Feeding Tampa Bay,” said Kirk Saville, executive director, BJ’s Charitable Foundation. “With our new BJ’s club in Clearwater, we’re expanding our partnership with Feeding Tampa Bay to help relieve hunger in West Central Florida.”

In 2018, BJ’s donated over 193,000 pounds of fresh, nutritious food to Feeding Tampa Bay, helping to provide over 160,000 meals to West Central Florida families through its Feeding Communities® program. The new Clearwater club will expand this program and donate unsold produce, meat, poultry, seafood, dairy and bakery products daily to reduce food waste and provide wholesome, fresh food to neighbors in need.

“Florida is fourth in the nation for family hunger and one in six people in our region live with daily hunger,” said Thomas Mantz, executive director, Feeding Tampa Bay. “With BJ’s generous support, we’ll be able to help increase access to fresh, nutritious food to our neighbors in need. We look forward to expanding our partnership with them and make an even larger impact in our community.”

The grand opening event for the Clearwater club is scheduled for April 13, 2019. The newest BJ’s club will offer incredible value to the community, along with a number of benefits for its members:

  • BJ’s biggest advantage is value. BJ’s beats supermarket prices on national brands every day, saving families up to 25 percent on groceries*. Its exclusive brands, Berkley Jensen® and Wellsley Farms®, bring real families real savings on quality products with a 100 percent money-back guarantee. Members can save money and time by filling up their tanks at BJ’s Gas®. The company’s gas prices are among the lowest around.
  • BJ’s offers excellent fresh food. BJ’s offers much more fresh food variety than other clubs. BJ’s is the only major wholesale club to offer a full-service deli with premium meats and cheese. Members can have fresh meats cut to their specifications. BJ’s butchers will recut and repackage at no additional charge.
  • Everyday ClubVenienceSM. BJ’s Wholesale Club helps members shop faster and save easier with convenient shopping options like same-day grocery delivery,buy online and pick up in-club, digital Add-to-Card coupons in the BJ’s app and an expanded assortment on BJs.com.

Shoppers can learn more about BJ's Wholesale Club by going to www.bjs.com.

*25% savings is based on Member pricing on a basket of 100 national brand household staples, on an unpromoted unit-price basis, when compared to four leading grocery chains in our trade areas. Learn more at www.bjs.com/25percentterms.

About BJ's Wholesale Club, Inc.
Headquartered in Westborough, Massachusetts, BJ's is the leading operator of membership warehouse clubs in the Eastern United States. The company currently operates 216 clubs and 138 BJ's Gas® locations in 16 states.

The Company’s common stock is traded on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE: BJ).

About Feeding Tampa Bay
Founded in 1982, Feeding Tampa Bay is the largest food rescue and distribution organization in the community, serving a food-insecure population of more than 700,000 people in a 10-county area. Feeding Tampa Bay recovers surplus food donations from local growers, manufacturers, supermarkets, and organized community food drives and distributes it to those in need through a partnership network of more than 500 faith-based and other incorporated nonprofit hunger relief organizations. Over the past five years, Feeding Tampa Bay supplied more than 100 million pounds of food, enough to provide more than 3 million meals every month to those who would otherwise go hungry. www.FeedingTampaBay.org

Jennie Hardin
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