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Meijer changes Simply Give

GRAND RAPIDS — In an effort to increase donations to its food pantry partners, Meijer has announced it has rebranded its signature hunger relief program, Simply Give, with the color orange to align more closely to the issue that continues to rise throughout the Midwest.

To celebrate the enhancement of its program, the Grand Rapids-based retailer will stretch every customer’s $10 Simply Give donation further April 11-12. That means for every $10 donation card purchase, Meijer will contribute $20, resulting in a total $30 donation.

“Orange represents the color of hunger awareness, and we wanted Simply Give to connect more closely to the issue at hand,” Co-Chairman Hank Meijer said. “Thanks to the continued support and generosity of our customers, team members and pantry partners, we’ve been feeding hungry families in the communities we serve for more than five years.”

Meijer began its Simply Give program in November 2008 as a way to help restock the shelves of local food pantries throughout the Midwest.

Since then, the program has generated nearly $8 million for those food pantry partners to distribute to hungry families. And, more importantly, those meals stay local, said Janet Emerson, executive vice president of retail operations for Meijer.

During each Simply Give campaign, customers are encouraged to purchase $10 Simply Give donation cards that are then converted into Meijer food-only gift cards and given to the food pantry selected by the store.

Although the spring campaign is seven weeks long, the opportunity for customers to get their Simply Give donations double matched will be April 11-12. — G.G.

The Oaks to offer seminar

GRAND BLANC TWP. — The Oaks at Woodfield is partnering with Hometown Home Health and Hospice in hosting a Family to Family Caregiver Support and Education Seminar at our health campus on April 14, at 10 a.m. You’ll learn tips and strategies for coping with Alzheimer’s and dementia from Maddy Boyd, RN, BSN, MS, CHPN. Complimentary refreshments will be provided and the public is welcome to attend. The Oaks at Woodfield is located at 5370 E. Baldwin Rd. in Grand Blanc Township. – G.G.

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