The Old Town Commercial Association (OTCA) is teaming up with the West Saginaw Meijer to raise money for the 2011 Compassionate Feast event. Each year, for the past ten seasons, Compassionate Feast has provided local families who are at or below the poverty line with a complete Thanksgiving meal to enjoy for the holiday. All food, materials, and volunteer hours are donated to make this important event run successfully each year. Compassionate Feast has grown from serving 20 families in its first year, to a record breaking 200 families in 2010.
With local food banks facing shortfalls, regional chain Meijer is re-launching its Simply Give food donation program to help restock the shelves of local food pantries, including the funds needed for Old Town Compassionate Feast.
“The need to re-stock and replenish our local food banks, as well as support those programs that provide individuals with food is greater than ever, so we are encouraging our customers to join us again in reaching out to lend a helping hand to those in need.” Hank Meijer, co-chairman and CEO of the Michigan-based retailer, emphasized the importance of the program. “We’re committed to making a difference in all the communities where we do business, and this is just another example of the importance we place on being an active member of the community.”
The program, which runs through May 14, encourages West Saginaw Meijer shoppers to purchase a $10 Meijer Food Pantry Donation Card at special displays throughout the store, as well as in the OTCA office, 1232 Turner St, and Cravings Popcorn, 1220 Turner St. That $10 donation will be matched by Meijer allowing for a $20 donation to Old Town’s Compassionate Feast in the form of Meijer gift cards.
All proceeds raised by the West Saginaw Meijer through the Simply Give Food Pantry program between March 20 to May 14, 2011 will go directly toward purchasing food for Compassionate Feast this November. The OTCA encourages all supporters of this important event to visit the West Saginaw Meijer from now until May 14. For more information, contact the Old Town Commercial Association at 517-485-4283.