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A+ School Rewards program returns to Giant Food

BY Allison Cerra

LANDOVER, Md. — Giant Food is bringing back its A+ School Rewards program.

Beginning Oct. 5 and continuing through March 28, 2013, Giant Food customers can help local schools earn cash for technology, scholarship funds, summer programs, field trips, playgrounds, other educational needs, and more. A+ School Rewards are accrued with each purchase a customer makes using his or her Giant card. Since the program launched in 1989, more than $86 million, allocated in funds and educational equipment, have been donated to local schools in Maryland, Virginia, Washington, D.C., and Delaware to fulfill academic and enrichment needs.

"Giant is very proud to support local schools across the region and enhance education initiatives in the neighborhoods we’re so privileged to serve," Giant Food president Anthony Hucker said. "Together with our customers, we’re able to make a positive difference in the lives of children across Maryland, Virginia, Washington, D.C., and Delaware."

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Target offers mobile coupons via Passbook

BY DSN STAFF

MINNEAPOLIS — Target customers who receive the retailer’s mobile coupons now can access them on their iPhone or iPod Touch via Passbook.

"We’re thrilled to bring our guests the ability to use Target mobile coupons via Passbook on their iPhone and iPod Touch," said Phil McKoy, VP Target.com and mobile experience. "Passbook marks an exciting step forward as Target continues to seek the most innovative ways to deliver a great shopping experience to our guests."

The Target app is available for free from the App Store on iPhone or iPod Touch, or at iTunes.com/appstore.

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Stop & Shop raises nearly $400K through hunger relief program

BY Allison Cerra

QUINCY, Mass. — Stop & Shop customers and associates donated nearly $400,000 through the company’s first-ever Healthy Ideas Food for Friends hunger relief program.

Stop & Shop will donate 100% of the funds to regional hunger relief agencies across the Northeast. The storewide effort kicked off on Aug. 3 and ran through Aug. 26. Customers contributed in-store donations of $1, $3 or $5 at checkout registers. Sixty percent of the funds raised, approximately $239,200, will be donated to hundreds of local hunger relief agencies each store adopts. Fourty percent of the funds, approximately $159,400, will be donated to seven regional food banks.

"Healthy Ideas Food for Friends was designed to bring relief during a time when many are not thinking about hunger," said Joe Kelley, president of Stop & Shop’s New England division. "We are grateful for our customers’ unending generosity. This program will make a difference in thousands of lives, bringing healthy and more nutritious meals to those in need."

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