Earlier this spring, our West Bend, Wisc. store donated 300 meal kits to the local Boys and Girls Club of Washington County to feed local families in need as COVID-19 impacted their community’s health and economy.
"The Boys and Girls Club plays an important role for the youth in our community,” said Meijer Store Human Resources Representative Katherine Halfmann. “They provide character building experiences in the form of social, educational, and recreational experiences. As a former employee of a local Boys and Girls Club in Wisconsin in college, and now an employee of Meijer, our core values of enriching the lives of the communities we serve is exactly what the club does for the community. I am so proud and honored to support the Boys and Girls Club of Washington County, and their mission with take home packaged meals from Meijer."
Each meal kit contains shelf stable food items to feed a family of four. The meal kits were distributed by the Boys and Girls Club of Washington County at drive through pickup facilities in April and May. While the Club normally serves deserving kids through after-school programs at five locations across the county, the programs were paused as a precaution due to COVID-19. The participating children are normally fed snacks and a meal at the after-school programs, so our store wanted to ensure that those children and families have what they need.
“The Boys and Girls Club getting this donation means that we’re going to be able to help out families,” said Boys and Girls Club of Washington County Director of Operations Max Roy. “One of the coolest things is knowing that we are going to provide something that gets the family around the table and gives them time together. It allows them to have a sense of normalcy and give them a break from all the stress of life right now.”