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Double Match Days at Meijer

Don't Miss Out - It's Double Match Days Friday, Sept. 11 and Saturday, Sept. 12 - Hurry to Support MAP's Food Pantry!

Our community continues to feel the impacts of COVID-19, especially our neighbors facing food insecurity. The economic impact of this pandemic means more and more members of our community are turning to us for help in ensuring they know where their next meal will come from. Mission for Area People (MAP) has seen demand increase by as much as three times the normal demand since March of this year.

In response, I’m pleased to announce that MAP has joined forces with the Meijer Simply Give hunger relief program during this difficult time to help fill that void for our local families. 

Each Simply Give campaign helps more than 250 food pantries in Michigan, Illinois, Indiana, Ohio, Kentucky and Wisconsin keep their shelves stocked with food for those in need. But it also fosters a sense of community by encouraging customers to purchase $10 Simply Give donation cards, which are then converted into Meijer food-only gift cards and given to the local food pantry selected by the store.

MAP will benefit from donation cards purchased at the Meijer store, 700 W Norton in Muskegon now through Oct. 24.

“I want to encourage you to help us fulfill our mission of helping feed the hungry in Muskegon County by purchasing a food donation card during your next shopping trip,” said Diana Wright-Stubbs, Executive Director of MAP. “Tell your friends, relatives, neighbors and co-workers because every dollar makes a difference.”

And when we give, Meijer gives. For every $10 Simply Give donation card purchased on Friday, Sept. 11 and Saturday, Sept. 12, Meijer will double match the donation meaning they will donate an additional $20. This means our pantry will receive a total of $30 for every $10 a customer donates on those days. We are very encouraged about this opportunity to serve Muskegon County.

Mission for Area People has hired a new Communications Manager. Suzanne Prell comes to MAP with several years experience in non-profit work including United Way. Suzanne said "I am so grateful to be part of the team. MAP gives more help to clients with wrap-around services. They are fast and efficient and do more than any other agency I've seen."

Suzanne will be working on grant writing, fundraising, marketing and social media, and client services. She has a bachelor's degree in Communications from Grand Valley State University and has been married to Jerry Prell for 25 years. They have two grown sons and live in Fruitport.

free socks and underwear giveaway

 

Do you have children that need new socks and underwear? We want to help prepare them for the school year with our free socks and underwear giveaway on Thursday, Aug. 27 from 10:30 am to 12 noon. Please call our office to register their sizes at 231-733-9672.

Loyal Volunteer Registers Clients at MAP

This week we are featuring a loyal volunteer Diane Sagala who has been working in our baby clothing pantry and registering clients to shop. Diane started working with MAP through her church and came more often after she retired in 2018. She's been faithfully serving ever since. She said she is delighted to see people go through the pantry, "Especially the teenagers that are surprised to find all the choices of free items they never knew they could have." 

MAP's clothing pantry is open Mondays and Wednesdays from 1:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. There is no need to make an appointment and all items are free to the public. For more information or to sign up as a volunteer, please call our office at 231-733-9672.