Outreach East and Meijer fight food insecurity in Davison and surrounding communities

DAVISON — Outreach East Food Pantry has announced a partnership with Meijer to provide much-needed relief to local families facing food insecurity through the retailer’s customer-driven hunger relief program, Simply Give.

“As our number of families (especially seniors) continues to rise, this wonderful program helps us to meet the increased need! One hundred percent of the money raised will stay right here in our area where it can do the most good. With the increased need we have seen in recent months as a result of the pandemic and many smaller organizations closing or putting their services on hold, we expect to see a significant increase in families in need for this holiday season,” said Jan Lebert, Director of Outreach East.

Our community continues to feel the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic. As uncertainty around guidelines and wage disruptions place extreme pressure on low-income families, food pantries are seeing a rapid increase in demand in their communities.

Each Meijer Simply Give campaign replenishes the shelves of more than 250 food pantries in Michigan, Illinois, Indiana, Ohio, Kentucky and Wisconsin. The program encourages customers to purchase $10 Simply Give donation cards, which are then converted into Meijer food-only gift cards and given to a local food pantry in the store’s community.

Outreach East will benefit from donation cards purchased at the Davison Meijer store ( corner of Lapeer and Irish Rds.) now through Jan. 2.

In addition, Meijer will double match any cards purchased on Giving Tuesday, Dec. 1, and Saturday, Dec. 12, effectively tripling contributions made on those days.

“The events of this year have taught us all the importance of community members supporting each other,” said Lebert. “We encourage community members to help us feed their neighbors facing food insecurity in Davison, Goodrich, Otisville this holiday season by purchasing a Meijer Simply Give food donation card during their next shopping trip.”

In light of increased need resulting from COVID-19, Meijer has already donated more than $3 million to Simply Give food pantry partners this year. Since the program began in November 2008, more than $58 million has been generated for food pantries in the Midwest to distribute to our neighbors in need.

“The holidays are a difficult time for people facing food insecurity and food pantries continue to struggle to keep up with the flood of requests they receive daily, especially given the difficult circumstances many families now face amidst the global pandemic,” said Cathy Cooper, Senior Director of Community Partnerships and Giving for Meijer. “The Simply Give program is a way for Meijer customers to partner with us and support the food banks and pantries that feed families in need in their own communities. We certainly couldn’t do it without the support and commitment of our generous customers and team members, who stand beside us in this effort.”

The Outreach East food pantry is dedicated to serving more than 10,000 people who are facing food insecurity in our community.

Details: Visit www.outreacheast.org or follow them on Facebook at www.facebook.com/OutreachEast. G.G.