SCARBOROUGH, Maine. — Hannaford Helps Reusable Bag Program crossed a major milestone last month when it surpassed $1 million in total donations.
Customers may recognize the familiar Hannaford Helps Fight Hunger and Hannaford Helps Community reusable shopping bags, which for several years have been sold in Hannaford Supermarkets for $2.50. From each sale, $1 is donated to either hunger relief agencies or community organizations chosen by store employees, including school PTAs, local Little Leagues, and area animal shelters. For hunger relief programs, each $1 donation is equal to 10 meals.
The first-of-its-kind initiative was created in partnership with PS It Matters, a Portsmouth, New Hampshire-based organization that helps administer the program. Since its inception in 2014, nearly 1.7 million bags benefiting over 4,500 non-profits have been sold at Hannaford Supermarkets. The stores have found that customers are willing to pay more to support their communities, while at the same time making an environmentally conscious shopping choice - the reusable shopping bags have saved the equivalent of 13.5 million paper/plastic bags.
During this time, $207,181 in donations from reusable bag sales has been donated to community organizations in New York.
“I’m extremely proud that our small town of Plattsburgh has supported the Bags for a Cause program so strongly that we were named the top store for bag sales and donations in New York State,” said Hannaford Supermarkets Plattsburgh Store Manager Steve Williams. “This is a great program that makes it easy for everyone to donate to a great cause. I thank all of our shoppers for their support of this program and helping to make a difference in our community.”