The Meijer LPGA Classic brings thousands of people to the Grand Rapids area every year, but it also sheds light on an issue in West Michigan.
Proceeds from the tournament benefit the Meijer Simply Give program. The money is used to restock the shelves of food pantries across the Midwest, including some here in West Michigan.
"Probably 70 percent of our shelves are stocked with Meijer Simply Give," said Waverly Knight, the Director of NW Food Pantry.
Money raised by the Simply Give program allows Knight to head to the store and buy items for those in need.
"We have a lot of families and just a lot of people that are going hungry every day," she said. "We have people that come into our pantry that haven't ate anything for 2 or 3 days."
"We're a food first company, so it's really important for us that our neighbors across all the communities we serve have enough to eat," said Christina Fecher, a Meijer spokesperson.
This year, Meijer made the lofty goal of raising $1 million for the program. On Sunday afternoon, they announced they had reached their goal.
"I'm in awe that they were able to raise one-million dollars," Knight said. "So thank you to the community, to Blythefield, and to Meijer for doing what you did."
The three previous tournaments generated more than $2.1 million for food pantries.
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