Food Giving Organizations
Meijer has donated 93 tractors and 33 trailers since 2010 to food banks and community partners across the Midwest, including Feeding America Eastern Wisconsin, Northern Illinois Food Bank, Kent Intermediate School and Northern Michigan University.
The tractors and trailers were previously part of our fleet and replaced with ones that offer the latest technology in emissions controls. Each of the donated vehicles were reconditioned and prepped for their next use, including new tires, maintenance inspections and new graphics specific to each donation recipient.
To support Michigan dairy farmers and fill a need at the Greater Lansing Food Bank, in November 2018, Meijer accepted the #10GallonChallenge from then-Michigan Lt. Gov. Brian Calley. But, instead of donating 10 gallons of milk, Meijer donated 100 gallons and $2,500 to the food bank that provides emergency food to more than 140 food pantries, shelters and community kitchens in mid-Michigan.
“We’re always looking for fresh milk,” said Joe Wald, Executive Director of the Greater Lansing Food Bank. “Everybody needs it. Everybody loves it. When we can get it, it’s really special.”
Meijer teamed up with Hormel Foods’ Hams for Hunger™ program in January 2019 to donate 2,000 hams to Gleaners Food Bank of Indiana so they could distribute them throughout their network to feed hungry families.
Additionally, for the past 5 years, Meijer has helped kick off the Hunger Task Force’s annual peanut butter drive, Wanted: Peanut Butter, with a donation of 3,500 jars. The Wisconsin food bank's eighth annual campaign in January 2020 aimed to stock up on 20,000 jars of the nutritious staple item.
“Meijer is a grocery store first, so food is at the core of what we do and the focus of our giving efforts,” Meijer Milwaukee Market Director Art Belt said. “This program is especially close to my heart.”