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$10 Donation to Meijer Yields $30 for Food Pantries

Stretch your charitable donations with Meijer's Simply Give double match donations.

Have an extra $10 to spare for charity? If so, Meijers will match your donation next week and donate the money to food pantries in the midwest.

Donations for the Simply Give program will be accepted at the from Sept. 2-8 in support of national Hunger Action Month.

The Simply Give Week double match is part of a $1 million donation to the retailer’s 2012 Simply Give program, which aims to replenish the shelves of nearly 200 food pantries in its five-state region each campaign.

“Hunger is a problem that continues to grow in all of our communities,” Co-Chairman Hank Meijer announced today. “This contribution shows our commitment to hunger relief in the Midwest and applauds the continued generosity our customers and team members have shown their neighbors.”

Customers are asked to purchase a $10 Meijer Food Pantry donationa card, which are then converted into Meijer gift cards and given to the local food pantry selected by the store.

Throughout Simply Give Week, each customer’s donation will stretch even farther: For every $10 donation card purchase, Meijer will give $20 to the program, resulting in a total $30 donation.

Traditionally, Meijer seeds each Simply Give campaign with $100,000 in grocery gift cards that are divided among all the participating food pantries. This year’s $1 million donation alone equates to 6 million meals, and will bring the program’s total contributions to more than $4 million – or an estimated 24 million meals – since it debuted in November 2008.

The Simply Give program runs three times a year.

“Meijer is proud to partner with these local pantries and food banks as they work to feed the hungry in their communities,” Emerson said. “Not only are we helping with hunger relief, our program provides healthy choices to a greater number of people who rely on food banks for their meals.”

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