Boxes of grocery bags with food inside are delivered to Lisa Peters, an administrative assistant at Riverbend Elementary School. Foodland and Super Bear IGA employees filled 600 food bags for local families in need.

Boxes of grocery bags with food inside are delivered to Lisa Peters, an administrative assistant at Riverbend Elementary School. Foodland and Super Bear IGA employees filled 600 food bags for local families in need.

Foodland and Super Bear help students in need over summer break

Under a new pilot program called Project Three Squares, 555 Juneau School District students in need each received a free grocery bag of food. The goal was to allow the students and their families to start their summer break with a full pantry.

Foodland IGA and Super Bear IGA, owned by the Seattle-based Myers Group, purchased more than 10,000 pounds of perishable food and packaged the food bags for the students. Each bag held a week’s worth of food.

“Super Bear Supermarket and Foodland have been part of the community for many years and we saw the need in the community. The employees pulled together and we figured out a way to fill that need. Basically it’s all about giving back,” Myers Group director of operations for Alaska Mark Graham said in a press release.

The last day of school was Friday. Grocery store staff delivered the bags of food to each school so students could pick them up and take them home for the start of summer vacation.

Myers Group intends to expand Project Three Squares. The company plans to send food bags home with students right before winter and spring break next school year.

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