Walker-based Meijer kicked off a “buy local” meal program last week to show appreciation of its frontline team members while supporting local restaurants during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Last week, each of the retailer’s 248 supercenters, grocery stores and distribution facilities began partnering with a local, independent restaurant in its community to purchase meals for its team members. The initiative will continue for the next few weeks and already has reportedly boosted morale across the Midwest.
“Our teams are working hard every day to ensure our stores are clean and fully stocked so our customers can find what they need for their families,” Meijer President and CEO Rick Keyes said. “This initiative is just one of the ways we are trying to show them just how much we appreciate their dedication while also providing an opportunity to support important small businesses in the communities we serve.”
“Our hearts are SO FULL,” wrote Louie Angelo’s, a restaurant near Elgin, Illinois, on its Facebook page. “THANK YOU @meijer for supporting Louie Angelo’s during these difficult times!! Your commitment to small, local businesses like ours makes an enormous impact. We feel so honored to provide meals to all your selfless, hardworking employees!”
Meanwhile, the Meijer in West Chester, Ohio, chose Roc-a-Fellas for its first team member meal after learning that the restaurant fed 16 families in need, while the Lansing Distribution Center purchased more than 1,900 turkey and ham sub sandwiches from family-owned Tony M’s.
Meijer operates 248 supercenters and grocery stores throughout Michigan, Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, Kentucky and Wisconsin.