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PriceSmart invites shoppers to Pay it Forward with points

It’s a time of year when many people are thinking about giving and helping those in the community who cannot afford many of the basics, including access to fruit and vegetables.

One way to help those in need purchase healthy foods is through the Langley Healthier Community Partnership Task Group, which has partnered with Langley’s PriceSmart Foods grocery store, and is asking customers to donate their More Rewards points to the Pay It Forward with Points campaign.

For every 1,000 points redeemed as a donation, PriceSmart Foods will donate $2.

In the two months since the soft launch of this campaign, Langley residents have donated 150,000 plus points already, said Janet Burgen, Stepping Stone executive director who helped create the task group.

“A healthy community is one that does more than simply tend to residents’ medical needs.

Ensuring wellness and an optimum quality of life requires a proactive, preventative approach that takes many factors into account,” said Burgen.

“The Healthier Community Partnership recognizes this . . . as housing, child care, crime, addiction, and mental health.”

The healthier partnership began in 2009 with the Township, City and Fraser Health coming together to look at better ways to provide services to the community, she said.

The funds raised will be used to provide gift cards, allowing those in need in the Langley area to purchase fruit and vegetables.

Points may be collected at any PriceSmart Foods or Save-On-Foods stores but must be donated at the PriceSmart Foods located at 20091 Fraser Highway.

 

 

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