The U.S. is in the third year of the COVID-19 pandemic and families and charitable food systems throughout the Valley are are continuing to feel the economic impacts while also navigating the challenges of inflation and supply chain woes.

That's why Walmart, along with Sam's Club are supporting the Feeding America nationwide network of food banks including Second Harvest Food Bank during the ninth annual "Fight Hunger Spark Change" campaign.

The campaign will run both in stores and online from Monday, April 18 through Sunday, May 15. There are three easy ways to support the cause.

For every participating product purchased at either Walmart or Sam's Club, both in-store and online, the supplier will donate the monetary equivalent of at least one meal ($0.10) at Walmart or five meals ($0.50) at Sam's Club on behalf of a Feeding America member food bank up to applicable limits.

See specially market packages for details.

Additionally, shoppers of both chains will be given the option to donate to the cause at checkout, or can donate directly online.

In the Mahoning Valley, one in six people are experiencing food insecurity. 

"Hunger knows no boundaries and affects all communities," said campaign Vice President and Chief, Kathleen McLaughlin.

Last year, Second Harvest Food Bank received $52,209 thanks to Walmart and Sam's Club's ongoing commitment to help fight hunger through this campaign.

Participating suppliers for Walmart include Abbott, BIMBO Bakeries USA, BODYARMOR, Bush Brothers & Company, Campbell Soup Company, Ferrera Candy Company, General Mills, Great Value, Iovate Health Services, J.M. Smucker, Kellogg's, Keurig Dr. Pepper, Kraft Heinz, Materne North America, Monster Energy, Post Consumer Brands, Simply Good Foods, The Clorox Company, The Coca-Cola Company, Unilever and United States Nutrition.

Participating Suppliers for Sam's Club include Cascade (Procter & Gamble), Dole Packaged Foods LLC, General Mills, J.M. Smucker, Kellogg's, Keurig Dr. Pepper, Materne North America, Member's Mark, Purina and PEPSICO.