The hallmark of the Meijer hunger relief efforts is its Simply Give program, which has helped neighborhood food pantries keep their shelves stocked since November 2008. This signature program has generated more than $34.2 million — or 376.2 million meals — thanks to the continued generosity and support of Meijer customers, team members and food pantry partners who are committed to helping feed hungry families.
The fall campaign drew more than $2.2 million, equaling nearly 25 million meals for hungry families across the Midwest. According to Feeding America, $1 equals 11 meals.
The holiday campaign is going on now through Dec. 30, with Dec. 8-9 as Double Match Days.
During each Simply Give campaign, customers are encouraged to purchase a $10 Simply Give donation card upon checkout. Once purchased, the donation is converted into a Meijer Food-Only Gift Card and donated directly to the local food pantry selected by the store.
Where Your Donation Goes
Your $10 donation helps a neighbor make ends meet.
Each Meijer store partners with a local food pantry during campaigns to ensure that all donations generated remain within local communities.
The Simply Give program runs three times a year to help fulfill the needs of our food pantry partners when they need it most: Spring, Fall and Holiday. The partnering food pantries are rotated to ensure broader outreach in our communities.
Instead of determining what food to donate to our food pantry partners, the Simply Give program allows them the flexibility to choose the grocery items best suited for the families they serve in their communities. And, this includes baby food, formula, diapers and wipes.
“Meijer has been a fantastic partner and we are encouraged that so many of our neighbors used this program as a way to donate. Meijer has generously donated to our food pantry in the past and we appreciate the commitment to the community.”
~ Rochester Area Neighborhood House Food Pantry
“Through the Simply Give program, we can purchase fresh foods that are crucial for a healthy, balanced diet, allowing us to provide more nutritious options for struggling families in our community.”
~ Dare to Care Food Bank
“We are delighted by the Meijer Simply Give program and the generosity of the community. Your donation will enable us to help many Schaumburg Township families who otherwise would not have the support they need.”
~ Township of Schaumburg Food Pantry