EDINA, Minn. — Lund Food Holdings has given more than $75,000 to the Second Harvest Heartland hunger relief organization through its "Reuse and Reward" program. Lunds posted an update on its Facebook page this week notifying shoppers that it just passed the milestone.
For every reusable bag used at all Lunds and Byerly's stores, the company makes a 5-cent donation to Second Harvest.
"Bring your reusable bags each time you shop with us and you will not only reduce our impact on the environment – you will also help those in need," Lund writes in promotional materials.
For every dollar donated, Second Harvest distributes $9 worth of food to programs that serve those in need, according to Lund. This year, Second Harvest will deliver more than 34 million pounds of food to more than 1,000 non-profit agencies and programs in Minnesota and Western Wisconsin, including soup kitchens, homeless shelters, senior community centers and children's after-school programs.
Lund recommends that instead of plastic bags, shoppers use its reusable branded bags, which sell for $1.50 each.