News and Tribune

April 4, 2014

Local food pantry announces deal with Meijer in Jeffersonville

Center for Lay Ministries pairs with ‘Simply Give’ program


JEFFERSONVILLE — The Center for Lay Ministries' Thelma Matthews Food Pantry announced a partnership with Meijer this spring to provide much-needed hunger relief to local families through the retailer’s customer-driven food pantry donation program, Simply Give.

“This is a phenomenal opportunity provided by Meijer to our pantry — it allows us to serve more families in our area,” said Greg Henderzahs, interim executive director for CLM, in a news release.

Each Meijer Simply Give campaign aims to replenish the shelves of more than 200 food pantries in Michigan, Illinois, Indiana, Ohio and Kentucky. The program encourages customers to purchase $10 Simply Give donation cards, which are then converted into Meijer food-only gift cards and given to a local food pantry in the store’s community.

The CLM food pantry will benefit from donation cards purchased at the Jeffersonville Meijer store through May 12.

“Today’s food pantries are in a desperate struggle to keep up with the flood of requests they receive daily,” said Janet Emerson, executive vice president of retail operations for Meijer, in the release. “The Simply Give program is a way for Meijer customers to partner with Meijer and support the food banks and pantries that provide food to the hungry families in the communities we serve. We certainly couldn’t do it without the support and commitment of our generous customers and team members, who stand beside us in this effort.”

The purpose of the Center for Lay Ministries’ food pantry is to provide services to vulnerable populations in the local community with compassion, dignity and respect.

Call 812-282-0063 for more information.