Retailer Meijer is donating 35 trucks to local organizations throughout the Midwest.
Grand Rapids, MI-based Meijer operates 195 stores in Michigan, Ohio, Indiana, Illinois and Kentucky. In all, 14 food banks in those states will receive 2 trucks each with the remainder being donated to the Michigan State Police and several academic institutions including Oakland Community College, Kent Career Technical Center and Ferris State University.
“Everyone at Meijer is very excited about the opportunity to make such a large donation to these important organizations,” said Rick Keyes, executive vp-supply chain operations and manufacturing. “Meijer focuses on supporting the communities where our customers and team members work and live, and we are proud to be able to provide this level of support for organizations that do such important work.”
The tractors had been used in the Meijer private fleet. All the trucks have been reconditioned and inspected, the company said. The estimated value of the donation is $500,000.
The food banks receiving vehicles include:
- Feeding America of West Michigan (Comstock Park, Michigan)
- Mid-Michigan Food Bank (Lansing, Michigan)
- Forgotten Harvest (Oak Park, Michigan)
- Food Bank of South Central Michigan (Battle Creek, Michigan)
- Food Bank of Eastern Michigan (Flint, Michigan)
- Toledo Northwestern Ohio Food Bank (Toledo, Ohio)
- Freestore Food Bank (Cincinnati, Ohio)
- Shared Harvest (Fairfield, Ohio)
- Mid-Ohio Foodbank (Grove City, Ohio)
- Gleaners Food Bank of Indiana (Indianapolis, Indiana)
- Community Harvest Food Bank (Fort Wayne, Indiana)
- Food Bank of Northern Indiana (South Bend, Indiana)
- Northern Illinois Food Bank (St. Charles, Illinois)
- Dare to Care Food Bank (Louisville, Kentucky)