Meijer is working to restock the shelves of local food banks in Michigan, Indiana, Ohio, Illinois and Kentucky. Spokesman David Peterson says the "Simply Give" program keeps the food aid local.
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The grocery chain is asking shoppers to purchase a ten-dollar Meijer Food Pantry Donation Card which is then converted to a gift card and given to a local food pantry selected by the store. The program began in 2008 and the spring campaign put Meijer over two-million-dollars to date in donations to food banks. Peterson said each ten-dollar card can buy about a bag's worth of groceries for the needy.