A&P Forms New Partnership with the Children’s Environmental Literacy Foundation to Help Reduce Waste and Educate Children on Sustainability

Partnership Supports Village of Mamaroneck’s New Law Banning the Use of Plastic Bags in Area Retail Stores

A&P’s Mamaroneck Store Offers Convenient and Environmentally Friendly Bagging Options for Customers

Mamaroneck, N.Y. – March 19, 2013 – Today the Great Atlantic & Pacific Tea Company, Inc. (A&P) announced a new partnership with the Children's Environmental Literacy Foundation (CELF), a Westchester-based nonprofit organization dedicated to establishing sustainability as an integral part of every child's K-12 learning experience.

The net proceeds of each paper bag purchased at the Mamaroneck A&P will be donated to CELF to further their education for sustainability programs in Westchester.

This partnership was established ahead of the Village of Mamaroneck’s new law banning the use of non-biodegradable bags in area retail stores, which will take effect on March 31, 2013. As of this date, A&P will discontinue the use of plastic bags to comply with the law and will instead offer shoppers a variety of convenient and environmentally friendly bagging options:

  • 100 percent recycled paper shopping bags for five-cents per bag; or
  • Reusable shopping bags for purchase made from 100 percent post-consumer recycled material

To help get customers started, A&P will be featuring reusable shopping bags at a discounted price through April 20. In addition, customers will receive a five-cent rebate for every paper or reusable bag they bring into the store to pack their groceries.

“A&P is committed to being Mamaroneck’s neighborhood store and has been on the forefront of reusable bag usage for the past several years,” said Sam Martin, A&P’s president and CEO. “We chose to partner with CELF to benefit the people and communities we serve in Westchester and to show our commitment to furthering the conservation of this area.”

Katie Ginsberg, executive director and founder of CELF, expressed her excitement about the partnership: "We are delighted to partner with A&P to help demonstrate the company's commitment to recycling, waste reduction and environmental sustainability.  This partnership will serve as a platform to build awareness and support for CELF's mission to educate K-12 students to become environmentally literate and prepare them with the critical thinking skills and intellectual framework to face the most critical issues of the 21st century."

Representatives from CELF will be at the store, located at 805 Mamaroneck Avenue, to provide the community with educational information on sustainability.  They will be available on:

  • Saturday, March 23 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
  • Saturday, March 30 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
  • Sunday, April 7 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

About A&P
Founded in 1859, A&P is one of the nation's first supermarket chains. The company operates more than 300 stores in six states under the following trade names: A&P, Best Cellars, Food Basics, The Food Emporium, Pathmark, Superfresh and Waldbaum's.

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