EL SEGUNDO, Calif. — Fresh & Easy Neighborhood Market here announced it is giving more than $2.1 million to local schools through its fifth-annual “Shop for Schools” program.
Over 2,700 schools in Arizona, California and Nevada participated in the fundraising program, which ran last year from September 12 to December 31.
Fresh & Easy also announced it will be bringing the program back again this fall to help more schools raise money.
Since 2009, Fresh & Easy has given over $6.1 million to schools throughout Arizona, California and Nevada through the program. Kindergarten through eighth grade schools located within a three-mile radius of any Fresh & Easy store can participate in the program. For every $20 spent at a Fresh & Easy store during the program, as validated by receipts, participating schools received a $1 donation. Each school can use the money as it sees fit.
“In a time when school budgets continue to be cut, we’re happy to donate over $2.1 million to help give students the education they deserve,” said John Burry, Fresh & Easy’s chief customer officer, in a statement. “Shop for Schools is much more than just a fundraising program – it is a great way for us to directly help our neighbors, teachers and future leaders. We’re thrilled to be bringing the program back in the new school year.”
In addition to collecting receipts, registered schools can also participate in “Shopping Nights” fundraising events. From 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. on each school’s designated Shopping Night, 5% of a local Fresh & Easy store’s total sales were donated to the school.
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