Meijer raises nearly $8 million for food pantries in 2016

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Meijer raises nearly $8 million for food pantries in 2016


Meijer set a record in 2016 by raising $7.8 million for food pantries throughout the Midwest with its Simply Give program.

The record brings the program's overall donation to more than $28 million since its inception in 2008.

"It's inspiring to see friends and neighbors come together to take care of hungry families throughout the communities we serve," Executive Chairman Hank Meijer said. "We cannot thank our customers, team members and food pantry partners enough for continuing to rise to the challenge to support this incredible program."

The Grand Rapids, Mich.-based retailer began its Simply Give program in 2008 as a way to help local food pantries throughout the Midwest achieve their mission of feeding hungry families. It runs three times a year when food pantries need it the most: spring, fall and holiday.

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 for that campaign.