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Michigan-area food pantries will be getting an early Christmas present, thanks to a partnership between D&W Fresh Market, VG’s, Plumb’s, Tom’s and Oleson’s and its poultry supplier, Miller Poultry, which will distribute 20,000 pounds of frozen chicken drumsticks this week.
Jeanne Norcross, VP of corporate affairs at Spartan Stores, which owns or distributes product to the banners included in the partnership, said the donation comes at a particularly needed time: “This generous donation from Miller Poultry will serve 20,000 Michigan residents this holiday season. In this tough economy with rising unemployment, there is an increasing demand on the food pantries. Miller Poultry has been supplying our stores with fresh, all natural, hormone-free chicken for the past few years.”
Miller Poultry representative Len Neeb is assisting with the distribution, which he said harmonizes with the Indiana-based poultry supplier’s longtime goal of providing “the freshest and healthiest chicken available to its customers. Making our chicken available to those struggling through tough times this holiday is a true gift to our company. Our locally homegrown chickens are fed a corn- and soy-based diet with no artificial ingredients or coloring, produced at our own feed mill in New Paris, Ind. Our farms are in a smaller regional area, located within miles of our processing plant, so our carbon footprint is minimized. We have chosen to partner with D&W Fresh Market, VG’s, Plumb’s, Tom’s and Oleson’s because of our mutual commitment to improving the communities in which we live and work.”
Grand Rapids, Mich.-based Spartan Stores distributes over 40,000 private label and national-brand products to about 350 independent grocery stores in Michigan, Indiana and Ohio. It also owns and operates 96 retail supermarkets in Michigan, including Family Fare Supermarkets, Glen’s Markets, D&W Fresh Markets, Felpausch Food Centers and VG’s Food and Pharmacy.