ADRIAN — During times of grief, needs and uncertainty, generosity and acts of kindness can go a long way.
The Adrian Meijer, 217 U.S. 223, has reached out to the Lenawee County community during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and has provided financial support to several local charities and organizations.
One of the store’s most recent donations was in the amount of $5,000 to the Fishes and Loaves Food Pantry, Adrian.
“The pantry and its incredible team have been a source of pride for our community and provide a critical and essential service to our citizens,” Adrian Meijer store director Benjamin Negron said to The Daily Telegram. “Meijer is proud to be able to help Fishes and Loaves continue its mission of providing food to anyone who has a need in our community.”
The donations did not stop there.
An additional $5,000 was donated to the St. Vincent de Paul Food Pantry and to its director JoAnne Baty; $2,700 was donated to the ProMedica Veggie Mobile and to Frank Nagle the manager of population health and auxiliary for ProMedica Bixby and Herrick Hospitals and $500 was donated to the Lenawee County homeless shelter, Share the Warmth, for the purpose of purchasing essential needs products at the shelter.
The store, as announced by Negron, has a fifth donation in process right now. That donation is going towards the COVID-19 community relief efforts of the Lenawee Community Foundation as financial assistance during this time of increased demand, according to Negron.
In late March, the store announced it was changing its hours of operation to help slow the spread of the coronavirus. The adjustment of hours was to allow for team members to deep clean and restock its stores, as well as to dedicate shopping hours strictly for senior citizens, customers with chronic health conditions, essential service workers and its team members. Meijer currently opens at 8 a.m. and closes at 10 p.m.