Historically, the Meijer Simply Give program has made a tremendous impact on the food pantries it supports across the Midwest.
The spring campaign set a record with more than $3.5 million in donations. And three Northern Michigan Meijer stores contributed more than $255K alone.
At the Petoskey Meijer, $106,960 was generated during the spring campaign for Manna Food Project. Representatives said the money will be earmarked to fill backpacks of school-aged children with food to eat over the weekend once school is back in session.
The Traverse City and Acme Township Meijer stores teamed up to support the Northwest Food Coalition. Together, they raised $148,940 to help feed hungry families.
According to the food pantry representatives, one in five children in Northern Michigan is food insecure.
For more information on the Simply Give program, please click here.