Meijer will double match every customer’s $10 Simply Give donation made Nov. 15-16 to celebrate five years of feeding hungry families through its program that aims to restock the shelves of food pantries in the communities it serves.
“This holiday season marks a milestone for the Simply Give program,” co-chairman Doug Meijer said in a press release. “We’ve been feeding hungry families in the communities we serve for five years, thanks to the continued support and generosity of our customers, team members and pantry partners. We are pleased this program has helped fill a void by providing 39 million meals to our hungry neighbors.”
The Grand Rapids, Mich.-based retailer began its Simply Give program in November 2008 as a way to help local food pantries throughout the Midwest achieve their missions of feeding hungry families.
Since then, the program has generated more than $6.5 million, which equals 39 million meals for those partners to distribute to hungry families. And, more importantly, those meals stay local, said Janet Emerson, executive vice president of retail operations for Meijer.
“We know how important it is to our customers that their generous donations remain in their local communities,” Emerson said. “That’s why each of our stores partner with a local food pantry during the Simply Give campaign.”
According to Feeding America®, one in six Americans — or more than 50 million people — are considered food insecure, which means they don’t know where their next meal will come from. The food insecurity breakdown within the Meijer five-state footprint includes: Michigan, more than 1.7 million people; Indiana, more than 1 million people; Illinois, more than 1.9 million people; Ohio, more than 2 million people; and Kentucky, more than 749,000 people.
“Hunger is a problem that continues to increase in all of our communities,” Meijer said. “The Simply Give program gives everyone a chance to work toward ensuring no one has to go to bed hungry.”