Companies partner to give 2,250 hams to food banks


Courtesy Meijer

A retailer and a food company have come together to give to food banks.

Meijer and Hormel Foods recently partnered to donate 2,250 hams to Feeding America West Michigan through the Hormel Hams for Hunger program.

The donation took place at the food bank at 864 West River Center Drive NE in Comstock Park. Gov. Gretchen Whitmer also made an appearance to celebrate the donation and to pass out hams during her visit.

“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.”

Feeding America West Michigan will distribute the remaining hams throughout its network of more than 800 food pantries, soup kitchens, shelters and other hunger-relief agencies in 40 of Michigan’s 83 counties.

“These hams will provide some normalcy for families facing hunger by providing them with the foundation of a holiday meal,” said Kenneth Estelle, Feeding America West Michigan 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.”

Meijer is a longstanding supporter of Feeding America West Michigan. With nearly 40 stores in the food bank’s service area, Meijer donated more than 1.8 million pounds of food to Feeding America West Michigan in 2018.

“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.”

In addition to food donations, Meijer also has provided the food bank with pre-owned trucks and other equipment on various occasions.

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