Custer food pantry partnering with Meijer.

May 16, 2017

Custer food pantry partnering with Meijer. 

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CUSTER – Caritas Food Pantry is again partnering with Meijer this spring to provide hunger relief to local families through the Grand Rapids-based retailer’s customer-driven food pantry donation program, Simply Give.

“The Simply Give Program has helped to provide food to hundreds of hungry families in our community during the past two years and our team is hopeful the same can be said for this year’s program,” said Kelly Glover, manager of Caritas.

Each Meijer Simply Give campaign replenishes the shelves of more than 230 food pantries in Michigan, Illinois, Indiana, Ohio, Kentucky and Wisconsin. The program encourages customers to purchase $10 Simply Give donation cards, which are then converted into Meijer food-only gift cards and given to a local food pantry in the store’s community.

Caritas Food Pantry will benefit from donation cards purchased at the Ludington Meijer Store now through June 18. This year’s spring campaign will, once again, coincide with the Meijer LPGA Classic for Simply Give. Proceeds from the tournament – and its corresponding festivities – will benefit the Simply Give program. The first three tournaments generated more than $2.1 million.

“We encourage community members to help us fulfill our mission of helping feed the hungry in Mason and surrounding communities by purchasing a Meijer Simply Give food donation card during their next shopping trip,” said Glover.

For the sixth consecutive year, Meijer will contribute at least $1 million to the 2017 Simply Give program.

The Simply Give program runs three times a year: spring, fall and during the winter holidays. Since the program began in November 2008, more than $28 million has been generated for food pantries in the Midwest to distribute to our hungry neighbors.

“Today’s food pantries continue to struggle with keeping up with the flood of requests they receive daily,” Meijer spokeswoman Christina Fecher said. “The Simply Give program is a way for Meijer customers to partner with Meijer and support the food banks and pantries that provide food to our hungry neighbors in the communities we serve. We certainly couldn’t do it without the support and commitment of our generous customers and team members, who stand beside us in this effort.”

Caritas Food Pantry is dedicated to serving all who are hungry and seeking food assistance.  In 2016 we serve more than 1,400 families which equated to more than 4,000 individuals.

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