Did you know that in 2022 Costco donated…

over $400 million to charities around the world?  Their donations focus on the following areas:

  • Hunger
  • Health and human services
  • Education
  • Environmental sustainability
  • Disaster relief

Over $43 million of that went to Children’s Miracle Network alone.   $36 million of this came from member and employee donations, while another $7.6 million came from Costco corporate.

Ever wondered where all the extra, edible food from Costco went when they were no longer “perfect” for resale to customers?

Costco donates edible, non-perfect food items to local food banks and other similar charitable organizations.  Similarly, in the food court, all prepared but unsold and still edible items (think pre-made pizzas, hot dogs, etc) are frozen and then donated.

In 2018, Costco donated 37 million meals to Feeding America.

In 2020, Costco & its vendors donated 54,000 pallets of returned goods for distribution to needy communities in 32 different countries.


These fun facts are inspired by the new book “The Joy of Costco – A Treasure Hunt from A to Z” by David & Susan Schwartz.  This is such an awesome book and obviously a lot of time, care, and research went into making it.

Pick a few up on Amazon (or you may also find it at your local Costco) and give them as Holiday gifts to the Costco lovers in your life.



Check out all our Costco Fun Facts here