Partnership with Meijer Yields Great Benefits

The South County Community Services (SCCS) Pantry has once again been nominated for the fall Simply Give program at the Meijer #196 Store on Shaver Road in Portage. The campaign kicked off July 19 and runs through Saturday, September 12. Double match days begin on Thursday Sept. 3, designated “Hunger Action Day,” through Saturday, Sept. 5.

South County residents have been active participants in this program. Their $10 donation triggers a $10 match from Meijer in the form of gift cards for food-only use at a local food pantry. During double match periods, the SCCS Pantry receives $30 per card purchased. SCCS uses part of these contributions to provide a half pound of fresh meat for each family member served by the pantry. The money is also used to supplement areas of the pantry where there are food category gaps not covered by orders from Loaves & Fishes or private donations. In 2014, the campaign provided over $9,000 in food products to South County families served at SCCS. The SCCS Pantry provides 4 days of food to over 700 individuals each quarter of the year. In addition, local organizations make it possible to also distribute household supplies and birthday bags each quarter as well.

“You would be amazed at the number of working families who must choose between food and meeting other basic expenses each month,” comments SCCS director, Danna Downing. “We could not possibly meet these needs without the support of community members, Loaves & Fishes, and business partners such as Meijer. I wish everyone could see the ways in which this service helps our families,” she adds.

Simply Give cards are available from SCCS and at the Shaver Road location. For more information, go to

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