STROUDSBURG, MONROE COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU) – Some customers had a surprising shopping experience Thursday afternoon.
When Daniel DaSilva reached the checkout line at Shop Rite in Stroudsburg, he wasn’t expecting this.
“It’s a little unusual,” he says.
Local dignitaries were bagging people’s groceries.
“I think they’re shocked, they don’t know what we’re doing so they ask questions like, ‘why are these people at the end of the register?’,” says Jacqueline Lapping, Monroe County Head Start.
This is the ‘Bag for Hunger’ initiative, a 20 year partnership between Shop Rite and General Mills. The goal is to raise money for local food banks.
“Well, I think it’s fantastic. Any kind of help like that I think is a great thing,” DaSilva adds.
Customers help by rounding up their total or giving a donation.
“The support is amazing. It’s important to feed, I mean there’s hunger everywhere,” says Scott Holds, Assistant Manager, Shop Rite.
Emergency responders, politicians, and local church members were bagging. Jacqueline Lapping of Monroe County Head Start helped, too.
She jokes, “I think I’m an excellent bagger. I was born and raised bagging, I did that when I was much younger. So, I’m excellent at bagging!”
Feeding the jar to feed the hungry.
Although ‘Bag for Hunger’ is a one day event, Shop Rite is fundraising for five weeks. The initiative wraps up next Saturday.