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February 4, 2011

By Joe Raia
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CORVALLIS, Ore. – Shoppers at the recently opened Market of Choice Store at Circle and Ninth will have the opportunity to assist local families with their food budget. Customers will be able to donate $1, $5 or $10 dollars to the Linn Benton Food Share by way of the "SCAN" program recently initiated in the Market of Choice Corvallis Store.

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In the first few days of February nearly $300 was collected before the official kick-off of the SCAN Program. Shoppers’ donations will be posted on their store receipt so that they will have records for tax time.

Market of Choice CEO Rick Wright told me Thursday that this new program would be a permanent part of the Corvallis Store. The SCAN program began in the Market of Choice flagship store in Eugene in 1996. Since that time Lane County residents benefitted from the SCAN Program with donations exceeding $800,000 dollars.

"This is a really easy opportunity for our customers to give back to their community in a very meaningful way," said Market of Choice CEO Rick Wright.

Susan James from Linn Benton Foodshare was excited to have this opportunity to work with Market of Choice Stores to assist those in need in Linn & Benton Counties.

James went on to say that Linn Benton Food Share, with the help of programs similar to the SCAN Program, distributes millions of pounds of food each year. James stated that for every $1 donated food share volunteers can buy $15 worth of food.

James also mentioned that the demand has never been more critical with the number of families being assisted has risen 30 percent in just the past month.

Market of Choice is one of six area grocers that contribute to Food Share in this way. Food Share then distributes the donated food to emergency food pantries, soup kitchens and child and senior centers.



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