Across the U.S., there are families with children struggling to meet their basic needs, including providing meals for the family. Without proper nutrition, the challenges of daily life may be difficult to overcome. With one-in-seven Americans having difficulty putting food on the table, hunger remains a significant problem1, which is why investing in hunger relief organizations is part of TJX's long-standing commitment to support causes that help promote the health of families and children.
Beginning in 2015, T.J. Maxx, Marshalls and HomeGoods teamed up to help address this problem by raising money for food bank organizations one weekend in November. Thanks to the generosity of our customers who made in-store donations during the holiday season, together with donations from The TJX Foundation, more than $2 million was raised during the effort this past November, and donated to more than 140 food organizations across the country. As a result, over 13 million meals were served to people in need... from Spokane, Washington, to Dallas, Texas, to Auburn, Maine.
This seasonal fundraising campaign was in addition to the year-round efforts of many TJX Associates, who are equally passionate about our mission to help ensure that families and children are able to fulfill basic needs. By volunteering their time at local food banks and holding drives at our distribution centers and stores across the country as well as our corporate offices, our Associates champion the cause and make a hands-on difference to help families in need. In all, we support more than 300 hunger relief organizations across the country annually.
One of the non-profit organizations that TJX collaborates with regularly is The Greater Boston Food Bank, the largest hunger-relief organization in New England and among the largest food banks in the country. Last year alone, The Greater Boston Food Bank distributed almost 58 million pounds of food, enough to provide 48 million healthy meals. Each month, as many as 140,000 people eat something from The Greater Boston Food Bank. The agency distributes food to 190 cities and towns across eastern Massachusetts through its 550 member agencies and 60 direct distribution sites, such as food pantries, community meal programs, shelters and mobile markets.
"TJX's support of our efforts has made a huge impact," said Erin Lee, Corporate Relations Manager for The Greater Boston Food Bank. "There is a misconception that all the food we give to clients is donated. Cash donations are equally important, supporting our efforts to help make sure we are purchasing fresh and nutritious foods that can't be donated at food drive initiatives."
To learn more about our work in the community, visit the Corporate Responsibility/Our Communities section of tjx.com.
As a result of our efforts, over 13 million meals were served to people in need.
1 United States Department of Agriculture's Economic Research Service (link)
Posted: March 2017