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Food Lion helps customers support local schools

BY DSN STAFF

SALISBURY, N.C. — Food Lion customers can support their favorite schools when they participate in the MVP Classroom Rewards program.

When customers shop with their MVP cards, a portion of their grocery bills spent only on qualified store-brand products is automatically credited to the shoppers’ local school of choice. Donations up to $2,500 will be distributed three times per year to schools in January, May and September.

Qualified brands include my essentials, Healthy Accents, Home 360, Home 360 Baby, Home 360 Pet, Nature’s Place, Taste of Inspirations and Butcher’s Brand products.

"Food Lion is committed to supporting the local communities that we serve," said Maria Quant-Young, Food Lion community relations supervisor. "Last year, we donated more than $820,000 to schools through the Classroom Rewards program. We look forward to surpassing this amount during the 2012 to 2013 school year."

To enroll, customers may visit FoodLion.com to link their MVP cards to their favorite schools.

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Stop & Shop refreshes hunger relief program

BY Allison Cerra

QUINCY, Mass. — Stop & Shop has unveiled a program designed to raise funds for hunger relief agencies that will provide healthy food to local communities.

The Healthy Ideas Food for Friends program — a fresh new take on Stop & Shop’s annual Food for Friends program, which raises money to feed those in need — now is running in New England stores across Massachusetts, Rhode Island, New Hampshire and most of Connecticut through Aug. 19.

How it works: Customers can donate $1, $3 or $5 at their local Stop & Shop to help support hunger relief organizations within their local communities, as well as regionally. Customers also have the option to purchase a $10 charity box filled with Healthy Ideas Stop & Shop-branded items. The charity boxes are given directly to each store’s local food pantry partner.

The program will deliver 100% of the dollars raised — 60% of funds raised will be allocated directly to local food pantries and 40% will be donated to seven regional food banks in New England:

  • The Greater Boston Food Bank;

  • Worcester County Food Bank;

  • Food Bank of Western Mass.;

  • Foodshare;

  • Connecticut Food Bank;

  • Rhode Island Community Food Bank; and

  • New Hampshire Food Bank.

"Stop & Shop is committed to promoting health and wellness in the markets we serve," said Joe Kelley, president, Stop & Shop New England Division. "Hunger is year round. There are thousands in need of nutritious meals — not just during the holiday season. We’re proud to help our hunger relief partners bring healthy food back into our communities."

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Winn-Dixie adds generic form of Plavix to generics prescription program

BY Antoinette Alexander

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — Winn-Dixie announced the generic form of Plavix (clopidogrel) now is available for $4 for 30-day and $10 for 90-day prescriptions as part of the company’s prescription savings program.

Winn-Dixie recently launched a prescription savings program in all of its pharmacies that offers deep discounts on more than 400 generic medications and varied discounts on branded and other generic medication.

"The generic form of Plavix (clopidogrel) just recently released in market, providing customers with initial savings over the brand equivalent," stated John Fegan, VP of pharmacy for Winn-Dixie. "This prescription is a highly requested medication from our customers, so we are especially pleased to offer an even deeper discount that allows customers to focus on what is important — their health."

For an annual enrollment fee of $5, customers with an active Winn-Dixie reward card immediately will begin receiving program benefits, including:

  • A $5 store coupon automatically loaded to the customer’s reward card;

  • $4, 30-day and $10, 90-day generic drug pricing on a list of more than 400 generic drugs, plus discounts on branded and all other generic drugs; and

  • Ongoing promotions and specials.

The program runs through the grocer’s existing free reward card program. Customers with or without a reward card can sign up for the prescription program quickly and easily at their local Winn-Dixie customer service counter.


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