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Granger Wins Build with Bags Grant

Iowa Grocery Industry Association

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anns@iowagrocers.com

Granger Wins Build with Bags Grant

Nearly $32,500 awarded to 18 Iowa schools, parks through initiative led by Iowa grocers

DES MOINES, Iowa – The Granger Community Center will soon have two tables and three trash receptacles courtesy of the Build with Bags program.

The plastic bag recycling program being led by Iowa grocers announced on Earth Day, April 22 that the City of Granger is one of 18 recipients of a Build with Bags grant award in 2016 and will receive $1,972 to purchase two tables and three trash receptacles that are made from recycled plastic bags by Plastic Recycling of Iowa. For example, one table represents approximately 20,000 bags that won’t end up in the landfill.

“We are excited to announce the winners of the Build with Bags grant program,” says Michelle Hurd, president of the Iowa Grocery Industry Association. “Now in its seventh year, the Build with Bags program continues to encourage individuals to recycle their plastic bags so those bags can be turned into products that beautify our communities. This year’s grant winners are reaping the rewards of their recycling efforts, and we hope other communities will follow suit and expand their recycling efforts.”

A total of 39 applications were submitted from which 18 winners were selected by a committee of four representatives in support of the Build with Bags program. Each committee member individually scored applications. The scores were then combined for an overall point total. This year, the top 18 applicants with the most points received grants totaling $32,464.85.

Now in its seventh year, the Build with Bags Grant program has awarded $249,175 in grants to more than 150 Iowa communities. Applications were evaluated based on set criteria that included a statement of need for the grant and the community’s own plastic bag recycling efforts. Grant applicants were also asked to verify the recycled plastic content in the products they were looking to purchase and obtain an endorsement letter from a local grocer who is supportive of the community’s project and recycling plans. Geographic location also played a factor as the committee wanted to disperse the grant awards throughout the state of Iowa. Fareway in Grimes played an important role in making this grant possible.

Store Manager Kurt LeFebvre wrote a letter of support on behalf of the Granger Community Center that led Press Contact: For Immediate Release Ann Seuferer, Communications Specialist Friday, April 22, 2016 Iowa Grocery Industry Association 515-270-2628 or 800-383-3663 anns@iowagrocers.com

to it being selected to receive a grant.

“While the endorsement letter was not the most weighted category in the selection process, it is one of the most vital to the Build with Bags program,” Hurd explains. “In the program committee’s eyes, it reflects how the applying community is working with its local grocers to establish long-term projects and goals that help increase the awareness of plastic bag recycling.”

Encouraging purchases of furniture and equipment made from recycled plastic for parks and schools through its grant program is one of four goals established by Build with Bags partners. The other three include increasing the amount of plastic bags recycled, reducing consumption of plastic bags and increasing the safe use of reusable bags.

Fareway in Grimes is one of many participating retailers, including all Fareway Stores and Hy-Vee locations statewide plus many independent grocers.

Build with Bags, a cooperative effort of the Iowa Grocery Industry Association, Keep Iowa Beautiful, Metro Waste Authority in Des Moines, Iowa Department of Natural Resources and The Des Moines Register, was originally launched in August 2009.

For more information on Build with Bags or its grant program opportunities, please visit www.itseasytorecycle.org or www.iowagrocers.com.

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About the Iowa Grocery Industry Association

The Iowa Grocery Industry Association is a state trade association that represents the food industry, including chain and independent supermarkets, convenience stores, mass merchandisers, wholesalers, brokers, manufacturers and distributors. Founded in 1899, the IGIA has long served as a resource to its members, the food industry and the general public providing education, legislative support, networking and philanthropic programs. IGIA headquarter are located in Urbandale, Iowa. More information can be found online at www.iowagrocers.com.