TAHLEQUAH, Okla. — Reasor’s here, which operates 16 supermarkets, has collected $22,052.65 for the Community Food Bank of Eastern Oklahoma via its year-old reusable bag savings program.
The program, called Recycle Hope, was created by Reasor’s to give customers the option of donating their reusable bag savings — 6 cents per reusable bag used — to the Food Bank.
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“Our customers have really stepped up in a big way to support this program,” said Steve Lehto, vice president and chief operations officer of Reasor’s and CFBEO board member, in a statement. “At Reasor’s we want to be involved in opportunities like this when it benefits others in our community.”
Recycle Hope proceeds benefit the Food for Kids Backpack Program at the Food Bank, which provides weekly sacks of food to elementary school-aged children who would have little or no food to eat on weekends. The Community Food Bank of Eastern Oklahoma currently provides food to more than 4,100 elementary school children a week in eight school districts across Tulsa County.
“Twenty-two thousand dollars buys a lot of food, and I love the fact that it allows even those on very tight budgets to help feed the hungry in our community,” said Eileen Bradshaw, executive director of the Community Food Bank of Eastern Oklahoma. “This program has a big impact on the hungry, but a small impact on individual donor budgets. Reasor’s has come up with a great plan.”
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