Winn-Dixie enables customers to help fishermen affected by oil spill

NEW ORLEANS People wanting to help the Louisiana fishermen affected by the Deepwater Horizon oil spill off the Gulf Coast can do so when they buy groceries at any of the 36 neighborhood Winn-Dixie Stores in the New Orleans area, the grocer announced Friday.

Winn-Dixie has implemented its "Neighbors Helping Neighbors" program, a convenient way customers can donate any amount between $0.50 and $500 directly to the United Way of Greater New Orleans as they pay for their groceries. The cashier will scan a special Neighbors Helping Neighbors bar code, which automatically adds the amount designated by the customer to the total bill.

The United Way of Greater New Orleans is assisting the fishermen of St. Bernard and Plaquemines Parishes by providing food, counseling and other assistance to the fishing communities in Louisiana's Mississippi River Delta affected by the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.

Winn-Dixie announced the program on Friday when the grocer and several of its vendor partners delivered three semi-trailers loaded with 42,000 lbs. of food and 28,800 gallons of bottled water to the Second Harvest Food Bank for distribution to food banks serving the two Mississippi River delta parishes.

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