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Meijer Donates $2M To Midwest Food Banks

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Meijer has announced a surprise $2 million donation to 30 key food bank partners to help them better meet the needs of those they serve across the Midwest.

“We recognize the vital role food banks play in addressing hunger and are proud to stand alongside our partners to make a meaningful difference in the lives of those facing food insecurity,” said Rick Keyes, president and CEO of Meijer. 

“We know there is an elevated need in many of our communities, and we want to do our part to help feed our hungry neighbors.”

Hunger relief has long been one of Meijer’s philanthropic commitments. The grocer works with all parts of the system, including food banks and food pantries. 

“We are incredibly grateful for Meijer’s display of support through their recent gift,” said Fred Glass, president and CEO of Gleaners Food Bank of Indiana

“Food insecurity continues to rise across the country, and unfortunately, Indiana is no exception. Partners like Meijer make a huge impact on our ability to provide a reliable source of nutritious meals for Hoosiers experiencing food insecurity. Thanks to Meijer and their team for their commitment to the fight against hunger.”

That appreciation was echoed by Second Harvest Food Bank of North Central Ohio.

“Meijer has been a tremendous partner to Second Harvest with its weekly food donations, which reach families through our regional network of food pantries and hot meals program,” said Julie Chase-Morefield, president and CEO of the organization. 

“This generous donation will allow us to continue to source fresh for our senior food box program that serves over 1,800 local seniors and delivers produce boxes at our local WIC office to expecting and new mothers.”

The food banks receiving the donation are:

  • Akron-Canton Regional Foodbank
  • Central Illinois Foodbank
  • Community Harvest Food Bank of Northeast Indiana
  • Dare to Care Food Bank (Louisville, Kentucky)
  • Eastern Illinois Foodbank
  • Feeding America Eastern Wisconsin
  • Feeding America West Michigan
  • Feeding America Kentucky’s Heartland
  • Food Bank of Eastern Michigan
  • Food Bank of Northern Indiana
  • Food Bank of Northwest Indiana
  • Food Finders Food Bank (Springfield, Illinois)
  • Food Gatherers (Ann Arbor, Michigan)
  • Forgotten Harvest (Detroit, Michigan)
  • Freestore Foodbank (Cincinnati, Ohio)
  • Gleaners Community Food Bank of Southeast Michigan
  • Gleaners Food Bank of Indiana
  • God’s Pantry Food Bank (Lexington, Kentucky)
  • Greater Chicago Food Depository
  • Greater Cleveland Foodbank
  • Greater Lansing Food Bank
  • Mid-Ohio Food Collective
  • Northern Illinois Food Bank
  • Second Harvest Food Bank of East Central Indiana
  • Second Harvest Food Bank of Mahoning Valley
  • Second Harvest Food Bank of North Central Ohio
  • Second Harvest Food Bank of Clark, Champaign & Logan Counties
  • South Michigan Food Bank
  • Terre Haute Catholic Charities Foodbank
  • The Foodbank (Dayton, Ohio)

About Meijer

Grand Rapids, Michigan-based Meijer is a privately-owned, family-operated retailer with more than 500 supercenters, grocery stores, neighborhood markets and express locations throughout the Midwest. It is consistently recognized as a Great Place to Work and annually donates at least 6 percent of its profit to communities. 

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