Meijer customers with a little room in their grocery budget will have the chance to help people struggling to feed their families.
Through a campaign called "Simply Give," Meijer is raising money for food pantries around the Midwest. Sales at the Perkins Township store will benefit Care and Share.
Simply Give began Sunday and continues through May 30, a time when food pantries often havedifficulty bringing in food and money.
Donation cards worth $10 will be available throughout the store.
"You purchase a gift card, and the gift card is then given to Care and Share for use in their food bank," manager Edna Phillips said.
Customers will keep the donation cards as receipts. Each one also has space to write someone's name if the donation is made in that person's honor.
Simply Give was launched in November and ran through the holidays, raising about $287,000 for dozens of organizations, including $720 for Care and Share.
Executive director Dan Ward said Care and Share used the gift card from that run to buy soups and cereals at Meijer.
"The Meijer store has been a great, great friend to the needy of our area through our pantry and others," Ward said.
Care and Share will receive the money in early June. Demand typically rises at food pantries at that time because children are no longer receiving free or reduced-price lunches in schools.
While Care and Share occasionally receives corporate help to buy food for its pantry, it relies on individual donations of other items, such as clothing and household goods.
Ward said there has been a "noticeable decrease" in donations of these items as people hang onto their belongings for longer.
Care and Share is in particular need of the following items:
- Cookware and kitchen tools
- Flatware, glassware and dishes
- Children's toys
- Home decoration items
- Clothing and accessories of all types and sizes
Used items in good condition can be dropped off at Care and Share, 241 Jackson St.
Call 419-624-1411 for more information about contributing.