It exists in every county in the United States. It is one of history’s oldest problems, yet we often forget that it still plagues neighbors in our communities today. It’s the issue of hunger and, for the last 20 years, Macy’s and Bloomingdale’s employees have taken a stand against it together. Every March, employees unite to provide millions of meals to those in need through Bag Hunger, our company’s national internal campaign to alleviate childhood hunger through gifts of food, funds and community service.
Around 13 million children in the United States live in households that cannot put food on the table. That means one in every five children is not getting the food they need. Over the two decades that Macy’s and Bloomingdale's have campaigned through Bag Hunger, our associates have donated the equivalent of 129 million pounds of food. Associates have volunteered over 315,000 hours towards hunger relief since 2006 and last year, we helped over 600 organizations fight hunger nationwide.
This year, we are celebrating our milestone anniversary by giving our customers the chance to give back with us through the “Make Good Cents” Campaign, running March 1 – 19, 2017. During this time, customers can round-up their purchase to the nearest dollar and donate the difference, up to .99 cents, to each store’s local food bank.
Bag Hunger has been a symbol of our commitment to localized involvement in the communities where we live and work for 20 years. Employees across the country contribute food, money and their time to food pantries and soup kitchens chosen at the grassroots level. “Hunger resonates throughout all parts of a community. Our support for our communities on a local level is reflected in our dedication to hunger relief.” said Karen Hoguet, chief financial officer and Bag Hunger’s “chief food officer.”
Scroll through the gallery below for testimonials from our food banks expressing how much of a difference your participation makes.
The impact we have as a company is only possible because of how much our employees care. Thanks for the work you’ve done to make giving back a hallmark of how we do business. You can choose how to get involved, from Make Good Cents, to volunteering hours, to special events with pyramid captains, to monetary donations and The Matching Gifts Program. The Bag Hunger campaign will run March 1 – 31, 2017.
Maybe you volunteer at the same food pantry each year, or maybe you made a special connection that you think of often. Our company is one of a kind in its dedication to communities, and our employees are the ones who make it that way. So tell us what giving back means to you – and it may be included in an upcoming story on Coast to Coast!