Food Giving Efforts

As a retailer with a mission to feed people, Meijer works diligently year-round to ensure families have enough to eat through our various hunger relief programs. But, we take extra care during the holiday season.

Meijer partnered with Hormel Foods to donate 2,250 hams to Feeding America West Michigan to feed families struggling with food insecurity during the 2019 holiday season. The effort was part of Hormel’s Hams for Hunger program that Meijer participated in for the past 2 years. Gov. Gretchen Whitmer attended the presentation to show her support of businesses supporting local communities, especially during the holiday season.

“Today Feeding America West Michigan, Meijer, and Hormel have set a great example to individuals and businesses across the state during this holiday season,” Whitmer said. “As a lifelong Michigander, I know what it means to be connected with my community and state. Whenever we can, we must lend a helping hand and give back to those in need.”

Meijer has a longstanding relationship in support of Feeding America West Michigan’s goal to end food insecurity in West Michigan. As the food bank's top retail donor, Meijer donated more than 1.8 million pounds of food to the food bank in 2018, as well as trucks and equipment.

“Meijer is a grocery store first, so food is at the core of what we do and the focus of our giving efforts,” said Amanda McVay, Group Vice President of Grocery at Meijer and Feeding America West Michigan Board Member. “No one deserves to go without, especially during the holiday season. We are pleased to partner with Hormel Foods to support local food pantries.”

“These hams will provide some normalcy for families facing hunger by providing them with the foundation of a holiday meal,” said Kenneth Estelle, the food bank’s President and CEO. “We are grateful to Meijer and Hormel Foods for their amazing donation, and we appreciate Gov. Whitmer’s support of our work.”