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04/19/2022

BJ’s Wholesale Club donates more than $140K to Pittsburgh community

The warehouse club retailer donated more than $140,000 to several organizations including the Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank, DonorsChoose and the Pittsburgh YMCA.

BJ’s Wholesale Club is looking to support the Pittsburgh community through its Charitable Foundation.

The Westborough, Mass.-based warehouse club retailer announced a donation of more than $140,000 to several organizations including the Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank, DonorsChoose and the Pittsburgh YMCA.

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After opening its first location in Pittsburgh’s South Fayette in 2021, and following its second store in the area, the company announced the donations as part of its efforts to support in the communities that is serves, specifically in the areas of education and hunger relief, which are core to its Charitable Foundation mission.

“BJ’s is committed to nourishing our communities and helping families thrive,” said Bill Werner, executive director of BJ’s Charitable Foundation. “We’re proud to donate to these critical community resources and look forward to our continued efforts to support the children and families of the Pittsburgh area.”

The Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank, a member of the Feeding American network, received a $75,000 donation to help further its mission. In addition, Pittsburgh area food pantries will receive donations of meat, product, dairy and more on a weekly basis via BJ’s Feeding Communities program.

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“As BJ’s enters a new community, one of the benefits of our expansion is the ability to support local charities, and most specifically with donations to community hunger relief organizations critical to helping our neighbors in need,” Werner said. “We want to give access to healthy food so communities in the Pittsburgh area can have the nourishment they need to flourish. Our partnership with the Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank helps make this happen.”

Funds also were donated to support teacher submitted projects through DonorsChoose. Beneficiaries included Fort Cherry, South Fayette, North Hills and Pittsburgh public schools.

Lastly, the retailer shared that it also made a donation to Pittsburgh’s YMCA Y on the Fly program, which supports providing a safe environment for children in underserved neighborhoods to play and learn.

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