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Meijer generates nearly $6 Million for Midwest food pantries in 2014

Meijer generates nearly $6 Million for Midwest food pantries in 2014

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The Meijer Simply Give program – held three times a year – generated nearly $6 million in 2014 for food pantries throughout the Midwest, bringing the program’s overall donation total to nearly $14 million since it began in November 2008.

The retailer’s most recent campaign, which ended in January, was the most successful holiday campaign in the program’s history, resulting in a total of more than $1.8 million for hungry families.

My Town: Specialty crop grant opportunity

My Town: Specialty crop grant opportunity

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Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development (MDARD) Director Jamie Clover Adams today announced new opportunities for Michigan businesses thanks to the Specialty Crop Block Grant Program through the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Ag Marketing Services. The program is designed to enhance the competitiveness of Michigan’s specialty crops. Grant proposals must be received by MDARD no later than 3 p.m. on March 26, 2015 by submitting them to MDA-grants@Michigan.gov.

My Town: Crystal Carpet Care to donate profits to Offrink family fighting cancer

My Town: Crystal Carpet Care to donate profits to Offrink family fighting cancer

Crystal Carpet Care Inc. of Grand Rapids is going to donate 100% of their profits from any residential or commercial cleaning or restoration job scheduled in February or March when the client mentions the Offrink Fund.

"Our prayers are with the Offrink family 24/7," says Crystal Carpet Care Owner Chad Rose.

My Town: Battle of the Buildings energy reduction competition expands for second year

My Town: Battle of the Buildings energy reduction competition expands for second year

Registration is officially open for Michigan commercial and industrial buildings of all sizes interested in joining the U.S. Green Building Council of West Michigan's (USGBCWM) second annual Battle of the Buildings competition. The statewide competition is an expansion of the Battle of the Buildings that started in West Michigan last year.

Battle of the Buildings is an awards and recognition program for energy use reduction. The competition is a way to encourage energy-efficient practices in buildings across the state of Michigan and to instill a spirit of friendly competition among the area’s building owners and operators. Steelcase, Western Michigan University and Nichols have already committed for the 2015 competition totaling over 3,000,000 sq. feet.

My Town: Chase Bank closing a dozen branches

My Town: Chase Bank closing a dozen branches

KENT COUNTY, Mich.—Many Chase Bank customers will have to travel farther to attend to their accounts in person.

At least a dozen Chase Bank branches at Meijer stores are closing, after both companies agreed to cut ties. In a response sent to WZZM 13, a spokesperson for Meijer says “circumstances have changed and we mutually agreed to end the relationship.”  The decision comes just a couple years after Meijer announced Huntington Bank branches would be opening at some of its stores.

The following Chase Bank branches are expected to close:

My Town: Changes coming to Lowell Area Farmers' Market

My Town: Changes coming to Lowell Area Farmers' Market

LOWELL, Mich.—While many people are focused on the winter storm hitting West Michigan, The Lowell Area Chamber of Commerce is already looking ahead to warmer times, when the Lowell Area Farmers’ Market will return.

Organizers say changes are coming to the farmers’ market.  The market is moving to a new mid-town location, in the shaded public parking lot at the corner of Monroe and Avery streets, behind Lowell City Hall.  The new site will offer shoppers a chance to check out the Riverwalk, Englehardt Public Library and the nearby playground, as well as downtown stores and restaurants.  Parking and restrooms are also close by.

The Lowell Area Farmers’ Market will also have new hours, on Thursdays from 12 p.m. to 5:30 p.m., so more people can visit after work.   The 2015 market season will run from June 11 through Sept. 24, with a bonus market day on Saturday, Oct. 10.

My Town: Meijer shoppers receive checkout surprise

WALKER, Mich.—Christmas came early to 213 Meijer shoppers, who received a checkout surprise.

 

On Dec. 13, the Walker-based retailer paid for all of the gifts and groceries filling each shopper’s cart, ranging from $350 to $1,200 each.  The company posted video of the event on YouTube, which you can find here.

 

“The holidays are a time for kindness and joy, and the Very Merry Meijer event was a perfect opportunity for us to share the spirit of the season with those we hold dear: our customers,” Co-Chairman Hank Meijer said. “Our family has always believed that our customers don’t need us, but that we need them. That philosophy still guides us today. We are very thankful for our customers, and wanted to find a special way to wish them a very Merry Christmas.”