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    Meijer Begins Holiday Food Pantry Donor Program

    The 'Simply Give' program is poised to bring thousands of bags of groceries to help the needy.

    Supercenter pioneer Meijer Inc. has launched a holiday donation program to benefit 185 local food pantries in the communities where it operates stores.

    "With so many people facing difficult times in our communities, we felt compelled to go above and beyond our normal holiday giving," said Hank Meijer, co-chairmen and c.e.o. of the Grand Rapids, Mich.-based chain. "The need for food donation has never been greater."

    Customers starting this week can participate in the "Simply Give" program by purchasing a $10 Meijer Food Pantry Donation Card at special in-store displays, as well as inside Meijer gas stations and convenience stops. The $10 amount reflects a typical bag of groceries at Meijer.

    The donation cards purchased by Meijer customers will then be converted into Meijer Gift Cards and given to the local Food Pantry selected by each store.

    In addition to the gift cards donated by customers, Meijer -- which operates 185 supercenters throughout Michigan, Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, and Kentucky -- will donate $100,000 in gift cards to help the participating food pantries stock their shelves for the holiday season. Meijer's $100,000 gift will be divided among the participating food pantries.

    Meijer annually donates more than six percent of its net profits to a broad group of charities and organizations in five states. The Meijer food pantry donation program drills down even deeper, by ensuring the benefit is recognized in the very community where the specific Meijer store is located.

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