“It feels like it just came full circle,” said Grady.* “There was a time, years ago, when I was trying to make ends meet, and I was visiting my local pantry. So to be a part of promoting this campaign – getting the word out about hunger and helping support my local pantries in the process…that’s really special for me. That’s something I’m really proud of.”
Grady has been a store manager at a local Walmart for the past few years. The “Fight Hunger. Spark Change.” campaign is a highlight of his time at the store.
Since 2014, “Fight Hunger. Spark Change.” has resulted in donations of over $74 million to Feeding America and its member food banks. This year’s campaign, which runs April 22-May 20 at Walmart and Sam’s Club stores nationwide, invites customers to purchase participating items or donate in-store or online, with the goal of securing the equivalent 1 billion meals for people struggling with hunger across the country.
“My job in the process is really talking it up,” said Grady. “I talk to Associates about what [the campaign] is and why it’s important. And I talk to our customers. For me, it’s a real comfortable conversation. I know a lot about hunger. Too much. And I just see the potential…the good that happens when people rally behind something like “Fight Hunger. Spark Change. It’s like, I’m one person. But me plus you and you and you? Individuals and businesses working together? Now that sparks change.”
Our thanks to Walmart stores and staff in Gardner, Leicester, Leominster, Lunenburg, North Oxford, Northborough, Sturbridge, West Boylston, Whitinsville, and Worcester. Proceeds from “Fight Hunger. Spark Change.” in these locations benefit Worcester County Food Bank as the local Feeding America member food bank.
For more on “Fight Hunger. Spark Change.” – or to make a donation today – see here.