One in eight Americans in communities across the U.S. struggle with hunger, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, including approximately 40,000 people in the North Country Food Bank service area. To raise awareness and combat the issue, Walmart, Sam's Club,

Feeding America and North Country Food Bank are kicking off its sixth annual nationwide "Fight Hunger. Spark Change." (FHSC) campaign, which will run from April 22 to May 20.

In partnership with North Country Food Bank, Walmart and Sam's Club now invite shoppers to help fight hunger in their local community. There are three ways to participate - purchasing a participating item in-store or online, donating in-store or donating on Feeding America's website.

With 749 million meals achieved over the last five years, customers and members can help the Feeding America network secure its 1 billion cumulative meals goal in three ways. They can track the number of meals by visiting www.walmart.com/fighthunger.

• For every participating product purchased at U.S. Walmart stores, Sam's Clubs or on Walmart.com during the campaign, the supplier will donate the monetary equivalent of at least one meal ($0.10) on behalf of a Feeding America member food bank, up to applicable limits.

• Donate money to your local Feeding America food bank at participating Sam's Club and Walmart stores in the U.S.

• Donate at feedingamerica.org/Walmart.

Walmart kickstarted the campaign with a $3 million donation to Feeding America and member food banks including North Country Food Bank. A purchase of one of the 267 participating items helps secure the equivalent of one meal. Each Walmart and Sam's Club will partner with at least one Feeding America local food bank, and the 18 participating suppliers include: Bush Brothers, Campbell's, Conagra Brands, Cliff Bar, General Mills, Gold Peak Tea, Great Value, Hidden Valley, JM Smucker, Kellogg, Kraft Heinz, McCormick, Motts, PepsiCo, Post, Uncle Ben's, Nature Nate's Honey and Unilever.

Last year, North Country Food Bank benefitted from $27,528.06 dollars from Walmart and Sam's Club's commitment to fight hunger.

To learn more about the campaign visit www.walmart.com/fighthunger.