No Frills donates to local causes – including ACS –as part of coupon program

 

 

By Ron Giofu

 

Three local programs will benefit thanks to a coupon program being offered at a local grocery store.

Amherstburg Community Services executive director Kathy DiBartolomeo and community awareness/fundraising co-ordinator Austin Tyrrell were at Meloche’s No Frills last Thursday afternoon accepting one of the donations from the store’s fall “Save it Forward” program. Franchise owner Chris Meloche presented them a cheque for $619 as that is ACS’s share of the proceeds from the fall version of the program.

The spring version of the program concluded Saturday.

“It’s a coupon program. It’s sponsored by selected vendors,” said Meloche.

There were coupons throughout the store and if people used the coupons, not only do they save the amount of money on the coupon but a donation is also made to a local charity.

Amherstburg Community Services (ACS) executive director Kathy DiBartolomeo accepts a $619 from Meloche’s No Frills owner Chris Meloche.

Amherstburg Community Services (ACS) executive director Kathy DiBartolomeo accepts a $619 from Meloche’s No Frills owner Chris Meloche.

Other programs being supported by No Frills included President’s Choice Children’s Charities and Food Banks Canada, the latter seeing proceeds come back to food banks in Amherstburg.

Meloche said it is all about local charities and he helped pick the charities in Amherstburg.

DiBartolomeo said their share of the proceeds would likely be put towards the new bus ACS is planning to purchase.

“It’s always a pleasure to work alongside local businesses, so naturally, when Chris approached us we were thrilled,” said DiBartolomeo. “This is such a wonderful initiative, as it promotes shopping at local retailers while helping our agency provide services that many of our neighbours rely on.”

Tyrrell added they have collected $3,000 currently for the new bus and hope to have $70,000 by the end of 2017.

A new 16-passenger bus is estimated to cost $100,000.

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