With the addition of eight food bank partnerships in 2013, we completed the rollout of our food rescue program, making it possible for us to donate quality food that would otherwise go to waste at Meijer stores in Michigan, Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, Kentucky and Wisconsin.
“Our Meijer partnership has been invaluable as it has allowed us to reach a growing number of families in need across our service area,” said Keith Williamson, executive director of Second Harvest Food Bank in Springfield, Ohio. “It is just another valuable piece of solving the ‘hunger puzzle,’ allowing us to provide healthy choice center-of-plate protein items, as well as grains and vegetables.”
Meijer began the food rescue program in 2008 with food banks picking up fresh food, including meat, cheese and select deli and bakery items, from 29 Meijer stores in southeast Michigan. It has since grown corporate-wide with all our 230 stores now able to support a rescue food bank.
Meijer donated more than 7 million pounds of food – or more than 6 million meals – in 2015 to local food banks. The U.S. Department of Agriculture defines a meal as 1.2 pounds of food.