Fresh & Easy Neighborhood Market announced Wednesday that 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 from September 12th to December 31st. Fresh & Easy also announced it will be bringing the program back again this fall to help even more schools raise much-needed money.
Since 2009, Fresh & Easy says it has given over $6.1 million to schools throughout Arizona, California and Nevada through the Shop for Schools program.
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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, participating schools received a $1 donation by collecting receipts. Each school can use the money they raised for whatever they need most.
“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 chief customer officer.
“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.”
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In addition to collecting receipts, registered schools could also participate in Shopping Nights, fundraising events which provided an opportunity to raise even more money. From 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. on each school’s designated Shopping Night, five percent of a local Fresh & Easy store’s total sales were donated to the school.
Fresh & Easy operates 200 stores in Arizona, California and Nevada.