BI-LO and Dole Go Bananas for Katie’s Krops to Continue the Fight Against Hunger

Wed Oct 16, 2013 6:07pm EDT

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BI-LO and Dole Go Bananas for Katie’s Krops to Continue the Fight Against Hunger

Two names known for fresh produce are joining forces to help raise money for an anti-hunger campaign begun by a 9-year-old girl who donated her 40-pound cabbage to a soup kitchen to feed the hungry. Through October 22, BI-LO is donating five cents to Katie’s Krops each time a customer purchases three or more pounds of Dole bananas at any BI-LO store.

Melissa Allen Tazewell purchases bananas at a BI-LO store in Summerville, S.C. to help raise funds f ...

Melissa Allen Tazewell purchases bananas at a BI-LO store in Summerville, S.C. to help raise funds for Katie's Krops, a non-profit which donates thousands of pounds of healthful food annually to feed the hungry and awards grants to kids across the country to start gardens and do the same thing. Through October 22, BI-LO is donating five cents to Katie's Krops each time a customer purchases three or more pounds of Dole bananas at any of 199 BI-LO stores in Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina or Tennessee (Photo: Business Wire)

“As a local grocer, we’re committed to supporting programs that address hunger in our community, like Katie’s Krops,” said Mary Kellmanson, senior vice president of marketing for BI-LO. “We are proud to be the first grocery chain to launch a program like this with Katie’s Krops and encourage our customers to support this effort as they shop in our stores this week.”

“With the support of BI-LO and Dole, Katie’s Krops will be closer to reaching our goal — to have at least one garden in all 50 states that is donated to feed people in need,” said Katie Stagliano, founder of Katie’s Krops, a nonprofit organization that empowers kids to start their own vegetable gardens and donate the harvest to help feed people in need. “The money raised helps us educate and empower kids to start and maintain vegetable gardens of all sizes, ultimately ending hunger.”

In addition to contributing to a worthy cause, customers also benefit by saving money on gas through BI-LO’s fuelperks! program. The program rewards shoppers who spend $50 or more in the store, including Dole bananas, by giving them five cents off each gallon of gas on their next fuel purchase.

For more information or to find a nearby BI-LO location, visit www.bi-lo.com.

About Katie’s Krops

Katie Stagliano is the young founder of Katie’s Krops. At the age of 9, Katie grew a 40-pound cabbage through a Bonnie Plants program at her school, then donated it to a soup kitchen, where it helped feed hundreds of people. Seeing the impact one cabbage had, she decided to grow a garden and donate the harvest to people in need. This led to the formation of Katie’s Krops, which donates thousands of pounds of healthful food annually and awards grants to kids across the country to do the same thing. To learn more about Katie and Katie’s Krops, visit www.KatiesKrops.com.

About Bi-Lo Holdings

Bi-Lo Holdings, LLC, the parent company of BI-LO and Winn-Dixie grocery stores, is the ninth-largest conventional supermarket chain in the United States based on net sales. The company employs nearly 60,000 associates who serve customers in 686 grocery stores and 482 in-store pharmacies throughout the eight southeastern states of Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina and Tennessee. BI-LO and Winn-Dixie are well-known and well-respected regional brands with deep heritages, strong neighborhood ties, proud histories of giving back, talented and loyal associates, and strong commitments to providing the best possible quality and value to customers. For more information, please visit www.bi-lo.com and www.winn-dixie.com.

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