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Retailer commits up to $1M for hunger relief

August 29, 2016
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A student in the Pharmacy Technician program at the West Michigan Center for Arts and Technology works at a Meijer pharmacy. Courtesy Meijer

A locally based retailer is committing up to $1 million to its hunger-relief program this fall.

Meijer said last week that it will donate $5 for each flu shot administered at one of its 230 locations to Simply Give, the retailer’s charitable program that stocks food pantries across the Midwest.

The flu shot campaign began last week and will continue through Nov. 26.

Flu shots

Meijer will administer flu shots without appointments during pharmacy hours, and it accepts most major insurance plans.

The chain's pharmacies offer several vaccine options, including Fluvirin Trivalent, a three-strain vaccine, Fluzone Quadrivalent, a four-strain vaccine, and Fluzone HD, for patients 65 and older.

Tim Lesneski, SVP of drug store, pets and consumables at Meijer, encouraged people to get their flu shots sooner rather than later, as there is no expiration date on them.

Simply Give

Established in 2008, Simply Give partners with local food pantries to ensure that all donations remain in local communities.

Since its inception, Simply Give has generated nearly $24 million for food pantries.

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