WORCESTER, Mass., April 25, 2012 – Sam’s Club is contributing $20,000 to the Worcester County Food Bank to help eradicate hunger in the community, along with making a long-term commitment to provide food donations to the service organization.
Relocating next month in Worcester, Sam’s Club will serve the community at 35 Tobias Boland Way between I-90 and I-290, making regular product donations to the Worcester County Food Bank as part of a nationwide collaboration between Sam’s Club and Feeding America. Sam’s Club has donated more than 13 million pounds of food nationwide to Feeding America, the nation’s largest hunger-relief charity.
Sam’s Club celebrates its relocation in Worcester with a special Grand Opening Celebration at 8 a.m., Thursday, May 3. The Worcester Food Bank will receive special recognition during the ceremony.
“The Worcester County Food Bank is an extremely important organization in the eyes and hearts of our associates, and we are humbled to contribute to this organization in a meaningful way,” said Worcester Sam’s Club Manager David Bennett.
The Worcester County Food Bank, established in 1982, collects, inspects, and stores donated food and grocery product and distributes it through a network of 150 partner agencies to help feed hungry people living in 60 cities and towns in Central Massachusetts. The Food Bank serves as an advocate for agencies providing hunger-relief services. The Food Bank also offers resources such as nutrition education and safe food handling and maintenance information.
“Each day, the Worcester County Food Bank community comes together to provide help and hope to our neighbors during their time of economic and emotional hardship,” said Jean McMurray, executive director, Worcester County Food Bank. “We are grateful to Sam’s Club for their very generous support as part of our community that cares about ending hunger.”
Sam’s Club is also donating 100 trees to the Worcester Tree Initiative, a collaborative effort to “rebuild Worcester’s urban forest.” The Worcester Tree Initiative was initiated in 2009 following a devastating Asian beetle infestation, with the intent of planting 30,000 trees in Worcester and surrounding towns in the next five years.
The Worcester Tree Initiative regularly hosts "tree giveaways" in which residents are encouraged to come out, get a free tree, and learn how to properly plant and care for the tree. Tentatively scheduled for early June, Sam’s Club will host a tree giveaway donating 100 trees to Worcester residents.
Additionally, Worcester Sam’s Club associates have selected several local organizations to receive a total of $10,000 in grants from the Walmart Foundation. Grant recipients include: Children’s Hospital Boston, South High School, Vernon Hill School, and the Worcester Fire Department.
Grand Opening Event
The grand opening ceremony will take place at 8 a.m., May 3. Numerous local dignitaries, including Worcester Mayor Joseph Petty and Dick Kennedy, president of the Worcester Regional Chamber of Commerce, will be in attendance, along with 170 Sam’s Club associates.
“Our new and larger club provides even more services to our members and community organizations, and we look forward to continuing relationships that have now spanned nearly two decades in this community,” Bennett said.
About Sam’s Club
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