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LPGA tournament scores $600K for food pantries

August 21, 2014
| By Pat Evans |
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LPGA tournament scores $600K for food pantries
Mirim Lee of South Korea won the 2014 Meijer LPGA Classic. Courtesy Meijer

With a successful LPGA tournament at Blythefield Country Club in the books, Meijer is making a big donation to help stock food pantries.

Representatives from the Meijer LPGA Classic, presented by Kraft, made a $600,000 donation to Meijer's Simply Give hunger-relief program. The funds will be split among 200 food pantries across the Midwest.

The tournament was played Aug. 7-10 and won by LPGA rookie Mirim Lee of South Korea.

Meijer President J.K. Symancyk said that “from the great weather to the enthusiastic crowds” the Meijer LPGA Classic was “a complete success in its first year and will have a longstanding impact for a long time coming.”

“The tournament afforded us an unmatched opportunity to raise awareness and funding to address hunger in the Midwest,” Symancyk said. “We cannot thank the community enough for the way they embraced this tournament to help make a difference to those in need.”

Carla Hall, the host of ABC’s “The Chew,” selected four pantries to receive $10,000 each as her prize for winning the Meijer LPGA Celebrity Chef Cook-off. She beat fellow chefs Cat Cora and Gail Simmons.

Funding source

“Without the Simply Give program, our shelves would literally be bare,” said Waverly Knight, assistant director, Northwest Food Pantry in Grand Rapids — which feeds about 150 families each week. “Every week, there are new families coming to our pantry, some of which have never been inside a food pantry. Life happens a little too much, and we are very grateful for how the Meijer Simply Give program helps us feed people in our neighborhood.”

Simply Give

Meijer customers can participate in the Simply Give program by buying a $10 donation card at stores. The cards are converted to food-only gift cards and given to food pantries selected by the store.

In recognition of Hunger Action Month, Meijer will contribute $20 for every $10 donation card purchased.

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