6th annual ‘Fight Hunger, Spark Change’ initiative aims to feed the needy

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(WYTV) – According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, 1 in 8 people across the U.S. struggles with hunger — this includes 1 in 6 of your neighbors in Pennsylvania.

To raise awareness and combat the issue, the Community Food Warehouse of Mercer County has teamed up with Walmart, Sam’s Club and Feeding America to kick off the sixth annual “Fight Hunger, Spark Change” campaign.

With a simple purchase, you can help fight hunger in our community.

“The beauty of it is that everybody that shops in Walmart can be a part of this campaign,” said Mimi Prada, a spokeswoman for the Community Food Warehouse.

“With this particular program, everything that we raise stays here locally through the Community Food Warehouse of Mercer County,” said Mark Falesnik, a store manager for the Hermitage Walmart.

With 749 million meals achieved over the last five years of the Fight Hunger, Spark Change campaign nationwide, customers in the Shenango Valley can help the Feeding America network secure its goal of one billion meals.

Last year alone, this campaign…

“Generated almost $29,000 for our food bank. I can’t tell you how huge that is,” Prada said.

There are three different ways to participate — you can either buy a participating item in-store or online, donate in-store or donate on Feeding America’s website.

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“We have 248 different items that are a part of the program this year,” Falesnik said.

For every participating product purchased during the campaign, the supplier will donate the monetary equivalent of at least one meal, which rounds out to about 10 cents on behalf of a Feeding America member food bank.

“All of the proceeds that come forth from Mercer County Walmarts will come back to the local food bank, which is the Community Food Warehouse, so we’re thrilled,” Prada said.

The campaign will run through May 20.

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