Providing For Basic Needs
In our communities around the world, there are families in poverty who struggle to overcome the challenges of everyday life and meet their basic needs. This is why we are passionate about supporting non-profit organizations that work to get these families the food, clothing and shelter they need. Across our regions, we support hundreds of these types of organizations. These are some of our key initiatives:
- Our support of Save the Children, an organization that gives children a healthy start, the opportunity to learn and protection from harm around the world, continues and expands. Since 1984, T.J. Maxx has been a sponsor of Save the Children U.S., contributing to the organization’s ability to provide access to nutrition and physical fitness programs, among others, for thousands of children in areas where resources are lacking. In addition to this long-term support in the U.S., in 2016, the TJX U.K. Foundation donated £100,000 to Save the Children to support relief efforts for the child refugee crisis in Germany. Read about our 30+ year partnership in the U.S.
- Our support of food banks provides families with essential basic needs. Throughout the year, our U.S. and Canadian Associates donate supplies to food drives and volunteer their personal time to hunger-relief organizations. In Canada, we have a longstanding relationship with the Daily Bread Food Bank, which provides food and support to almost 200 food programs across Toronto. TJX Canada is the largest provider of food relief in the Greater Toronto area, and our Associates volunteer their time sorting and managing food for school lunches, among other projects. Additionally, once a year, T.J. Maxx, Marshalls and HomeGoods team up with customers to help combat hunger by raising money for food bank organizations across the country. Read about our U.S. initiative.
- More than 200 U.S. Associates and interns showed their support this year for Cradles to Crayons, an organization that provides children from birth to age 12 with the essential items they need to thrive – at home, at school and at play. Our Associates participate in events throughout the year, sorting and organizing donations, creating backpacks filled with school supplies and collecting and donating winter coats.
- At TJX Canada, our Associates support Covenant House Toronto, an organization that advocates for homeless youth by providing a comprehensive range of housing and support services to meet their needs. In addition to their monetary contributions, our Associates volunteer their personal time throughout the year at Canada's largest youth shelter to help serve food, stock supplies and participate in programs. In 2016, two TJX Canada executives participated in Covenant House’s Executive Sleep Out, an event that calls upon executives of corporations across Toronto to raise funds by spending the night on a Toronto street to experience the life of a homeless youth. Read about the Executive Sleep Out.
- In Germany, T.K. Maxx supports Children for a Better World, a charity that supports children’s basic needs and responds to malnutrition issues connected with growing up in poverty. The charity’s CHILDREN’s Lunch Table program provides children with balanced meals and education on nutrition so that they can focus on their school work, thereby helping them to achieve their full potential. As we strive to maximize our impact on this organization, we have developed several initiatives to support them. Our efforts include fundraising and a corporate responsibility campaign held during World Children’s Day, as well as sales of Bags for Life and Christmas products. Since 2010, our efforts have provided funding through Children for a Better World for approximately 500,000 meals for disadvantaged children. In 2016, some of our German Associates strengthened their commitment to this cause by participating in a 24-hour mountain bike race to raise money for the charity.
We invite you to visit the Cause Marketing and Fundraising section of our website to learn more about the initiatives of our retail chains.