THUNDER BAY, ON ------ May 26, 2011 --- Quality Market, a local family owned business since 1988 looks for opportunities to give back to the community and region they live in. Dan and David Stezenko (owners) launched a community support program called BYOB. (Bring your own bag) This program works when a customer arrives at the checkout with their own bag. (Meaning less plastic bags will be used and shipped to landfill) The cashier would then thank the customer for participating and give them a wooden token. The customer would then stop (on their way out the door) and place their wooden token into one of three charity slots. (the consumer chooses which charity to support) Then Quality Market donates ten cents for every token placed into the charity slots.
The total amount donated to the three charities this year was $10,862.70
This year’s recipients were;
o Shelter House…$5445.70
o An Eagles Cry…$1769.60
o Habitat for Humanity…$3647.40
All the while, approx 540,000 less bags were used than would have been if those same customers would have used plastic bags.
While other grocers are charging consumers to purchase plastic bags with the hopes of reducing usage, the Quality Market family has found a different way to accomplish the same thing while helping the community at the same time.
Along with the presentation of cheques, the new recipient charities for the next 12 months were announced;
- Dilico Children’s Foundation
- Catholic Family Development Centre