Walgreens marks availability of 1,000 medication disposal kiosks
Walgreens celebrated a milestone on Monday as it reached 1,000 safe medication disposal kiosk installations at its stores nationwide.
Joining company officials to mark the milestone at one of its Las Vegas stores was Gov. Brian Sandoval of Nevada, where Walgreens has expanded its safe medication disposal kiosks this year to 12 locations throughout Nevada.
“I was pleased to join Walgreens today as they installed their 1,000th safe medicine disposal kiosk,” Sandoval said. “Kiosks like these are yet another tool in the fight against opioids and I congratulate Walgreens for its commitment to this fight.”
The first of its kind program to allow for safe medication disposal in a drug store setting allows individuals to safely and conveniently dispose of their unwanted, unused or expired prescription and OTC medications year-round at no cost. It makes the disposal of medications — including opioids and other controlled substances — easier and more convenient while helping to reduce the misuse of medications and the rise in overdose deaths. The kiosks are available during regular pharmacy hours.
Walgreens safe medication disposal program has collected and safely disposed of more than 270 tons of medications — or the equivalent of about 150 cars — since the launch of the program in 2016.
“As we mark the installation of 1,000 safe medication disposal kiosks in our drug stores, we are truly inspired by the response to the program from communities around the country,” said Richard Ashworth, Walgreens president of operations. “We are proud to provide a solution to get unwanted medications out of home medicine cabinets and avoid landfills while we continue to expand the program to address a real health crisis facing the country.”
Last fall, the company announced its partnership with health care organizations AmerisourceBergen, Pfizer and Prime Therapeutics to expand the availability of safe medication disposal kiosks to approximately 1,500 Walgreens stores nationwide.
Weis Markets opens latest beer, wine café
Following the opening of a beer-wine café in its Berwick, Pa., store, Weis Markets has announced the opening of another café in its Newport, Pa., location.
Weis Markets operates 61 beer-wine cafes in its Pennsylvania stores.
The café sells more than 200 varieties of imported and domestic wines including ones from Pennsylvania vineyards, as well as a chilled section. The café also offers 560 varieties of domestic, imported and craft beer, including local craft beers brewed by Troeg’s, Liquid Hero and Wyndridge Farms.
Founded in 1912, Weis Markets operates 206 stores in Pennsylvania, Delaware, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, Virginia and West Virginia.
Food Lion kicks off reusable bag campaign to fight hunger
Food Lion is partnering with customers to help fight hunger this summer through its Food Lion Feeds Reusable Bag campaign. The reusable bags are now available for purchase in its more than 1,000 stores and will be available until June 30, or while supplies last.
Through the “Summers Without Hunger” Design-A-Bag Contest held earlier this year, Food Lion’s youngest fans submitted designs depicting what hunger means to them. The winning artwork is now featured on the grocer’s reusable bags.
Customers can purchase the bags for $1 at any Food Lion store. With the purchase of each bag, Food Lion Feeds will donate the equivalent of six meals to Feeding America and its participating food banks.
Through the art contest, one winner, four finalists, and six honorable mentions were chosen to be featured on the bag. The winning artists, selected out of more than 300 submissions, include:
- Grand Prize Winner: 10-year-old Karen of Dale City, Va.
- Finalist: 12-year-old Payton of Hillsborough, N.C.
- Finalist: 12-year-old Teegan of Onancock, Va.
- Finalist: 9-year-old Nathan of Lynchburg, Va.
- Finalist: 8-year-old Angela of Beaufort, S.C.
- Honorable Mention: 8-year-old Mason of Williamston, S.C.
- Honorable Mention: 11-year-old Jaazeil of Lexington, N.C.
- Honorable Mention: 13-year-old Kate of Hillsborough, N.C.
- Honorable Mention: 9-year-old Isabelle of Mt. Pleasant, N.C.
- Honorable Mention: 12-year-old Reyli of Kannapolis, N.C.
- Honorable Mention: 7-year-old Claire of Mooresville, N.C.
The Grand Prize winner, Karen, won the honor of having her artwork featured on the front cover of the reusable bag. Additionally, Food Lion Feeds will donate $2,000 to the local food bank of Karen’s choice. Each of the four finalists’ artwork is featured on the opposite side of the bag. In addition, the four finalists also receive a $1,000 donation by Food Lion Feeds made in their name to a local food bank of their choosing. Finally, honorable mentions have their artwork featured on the side of the bag. They also won $50 Food Lion gift cards and will have $500 donated to the food bank of their choice.
Working toward its commitment to provide 500 million meals by the end of 2020, Food Lion Feeds has already donated more than 380 million meals through in-store campaigns, like the reusable bag, local donations to feeding agencies, associate volunteerism and equipment donations.