Brown Bag Food Project to partner with Meijer to get perishable items

Brown Bag founder Amy Jo Holland, right, with board member Gwen Andrix, seated, and Amy Jeffers inside the new facility.

(Submitted by Brown Bag Food Project and Meijer)

Brown Bag Food Project is proud to announce a partnership with Meijer this spring season to provide much-needed hunger relief to local families through the Grand Rapids, Mich.-based retailer’s customer-driven food pantry donation program, Simply Give.

“We rely on community support to keep our pantry stocked in order to help local families . The partnership with Meijer will allow us to purchase important perishable items that aren’t typically donated, such as meat, dairy and produce” said Amy Holland, director of Brown Bag Food Project.”

Each Meijer Simply Give campaign replenishes the shelves of more than 240 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.

Brown Bag Food Project will benefit from donation cards purchased at the Bowling Green Meijer now through June 22. This year’s spring campaign will, once again, coincide with the Meijer LPGA Classic for Simply Give. Proceeds from the tournament – and its corresponding festivities – will benefit the Simply Give program. The first five tournaments generated more than $4.2 million.

“We encourage community members to help us fulfill our mission of helping feed the hungry in Wood County by purchasing a Meijer Simply Give food donation card during their next shopping trip,” Holland said.

For the eighth consecutive year, Meijer will contribute at least $1 million to the 2019 Simply Give program. The Simply Give program runs three times a year: Spring, Fall and Holiday. Since the program began in November 2008, nearly $48 million has been generated for food pantries in the Midwest to distribute to our hungry neighbors.

“Food pantries continue to struggle with keeping up with the flood of requests they receive daily,” Meijer Spokeswoman Christina Fecher said. “The Simply Give program is a way for Meijer customers to partner with us and support the food banks and pantries that provide food to our hungry neighbors in the communities we serve. 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 Brown Bag Food Project is a Wood County based nonprofit that provides food, toiletries and pet food to people in urgent need. It provides food to 300 people a month.