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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.

Attention Bargain Hunters - let's go shopping! Mission for Area People will be holding a Community Yard Sale Fundraiser on Saturday, August 22 from 9 am to 2 pm in the parking lot of Central United Methodist Church, 1011 2nd Street, Downtown Muskegon. Come browse our gently used items and unique treasures. Your purchases benefit MAP's Medical Support Fund. Call our office for more information at 231-733-9672.

Are you interested in donating items? All items should be cleaned and price marked ready to sell. Contact us to make arrangements. Together, we take care of our neighbors in need.  #bargainhunters #shoppingdeals #yardsaleheaven

It's been a long five months since COVID-19 has hit our community and we've been busy. Mission for Area People has continued to operate during the shut-down helping those in need. Diana Wright-Stubbs, Executive Director of MAP, would like to share an update on those we have served during the pandemic. As of July 27, 2020, MAP has assisted the following:

  • Aided 118 individuals with lodging, (this includes the homeless, quarantined, and COVID-19 positive.
  • 55 rooms of lodging were paid for, many are still in lodging.
  • Approximately $29,000 spent in lodging.
  • Bedding, linens, towels, personal care, food, medicine, and transportation have been given to those displaced or homeless.

All of us at MAP would like to thank the community donors including United Way of the Lakeshore, the Community Foundation for Muskegon County, Meijers, and many generous individuals for giving to us. We wouldn't be able to continue our work without this support.

The pandemic is not over, but we promise that MAP will be there to help every step of the way. Stay home. Stay safe.