Reusing grocery bags feeds the needy

By Evrod Cassimy - bio | email

RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - Whether they're paper or plastic, the bags you use to carry your groceries home are also helping to carry food into the homes of others. For every bag you reuse at Ukrop's, the store donates 5 cents to Virginia food banks.

"You know this is just a wonderful thing," said Central Virginia Food Bank CEO, Fay Lohr. "We're going green. We're helping our planet to extend its life. It's painless and you know you're feeding hungry people. What could be better than that?"

3 months and 400,571 bags later, more than $20,000 was raised to feed the hungry which was matched by Supervalu. $35,000 will go to Central Virginia's Food Bank right here in Richmond.

It costs nearly $50,000 to stock the shelves at the food bank with food like this. Thanks to your donations at home that's nearly one month of food that will go to feed area families.

The program has caught on with customers who are more than happy to give back.

"Because I know there are people that are hungry," said Ukrop's shopper, Virginia Hackney. "That's why I think we should help out the food banks."

"Food banks are really important for feeding Virginia's residents and we all need help in this time." said shopper, Caitlin Hanbury.

With the money raised, the food bank is able to provide more than 176,000 meals to hungry residents.

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