Each time a shopper at any Karns' location uses a reusable bag for their groceries, Karns will donate 3 cents to the "Bags for Books" Program.
"Our libraries' contribution to our communities, in terms of the education and resources they provide, is invaluable," said Scott Karns, president of Karns Foods. "For us, Earth Day was the perfect kickoff because part of the big benefit of this program is to help the environment by reducing bag waste. The 'Bags for Books' Program is something our stores and customers can be part of to help our libraries continue their legacy of making a positive impact on the lives of so many residents in the region."
Half of the donations to the libraries will be cash and half will be in the form of Karns gift cards. Each library can earn up to $1,500 per year with a guaranteed minimum of $500 per year from the program.
"We are very excited to be part of the 'Bags for Books' Program," said Sue Erdman of the Joseph T. Simpson Public Library. "To have the support of Karns Foods is tremendous and I think it's a great way for the community to be involved in the effort as well. We count on the support from the community to be able to continue to deliver the services that so many people count on."