BARRE, VT - Lenny's Shoe & Apparel presented the Vermont Foodbank with an $807 donation on behalf of its staff and customers. The donation was part of an in-store promotion called “Dimes for No Bags.” Each time a customer didn't take a plastic shopping bag, Lenny's deposited a dime into a collection jar. Customers also added their own spare change and cash. The result was a $807 donation to the Vermont Foodbank, which translates to nearly 5,000 meals to Vermonters in need of food assistance.

“In addition to supporting a great cause, our customers have also reduced the number of shopping bags that will end up in our landfills,” said Mark McCarthy, Vice President of Lenny's. “It's a winning situation for everyone, and a promotion we are going to continue for a long time.”

“During the past year, Vermonters have suffered great losses due to a number of factors—natural disasters, a weak economy, layoffs and high unemployment,” said John Sayles, Vermont Foodbank CEO.  “The Vermont Foodbank and our network of partners around the state expect to see more people requesting emergency food assistance. Support from businesses like Lenny's Shoe & Apparel has never been more important. We are so grateful for their continued partnership in the fight against hunger.”

There is still time to be part of Lenny's effort to support the Vermont Foodbank. Purchase a ticket for $5 at any of their 3 locations and be rewarded with substantial discounts on top gift items throughout the store when shopping during their 2011 Charity Sale on Saturday, December 10th. 100% of tickets sales will be donated to the Vermont Foodbank. Each $5 ticket sold will enable the Vermont Foodbank to help provide 30 meals for Vermonters in need. Additionally, Lenny's will contribute 2% of all sales made on that Saturday to the Foodbank. Last year this effort raised $6,245. Please help us reach this year's goal of $10,000!

About the Vermont Foodbank
Vermont Foodbank is the state's largest hunger-relief organization, serving communities in all 14 counties of Vermont through a network of more than 280 food pantries, soup kitchens, shelters, senior centers and after-school programs. In FY2010, the Vermont Foodbank distributed more than 8 million pounds of food to as many as 86,000 Vermonters. The Vermont Foodbank, a member of Feeding America, is nationally recognized as one of the most effective and efficient nonprofits and food banks in the nation. To learn more about hunger in your community and to take action against hunger and poverty in Vermont, visit us on the web at

Vermont Foodbank Events Calendar:
Lenny's Annual Charity Sale December 10, 2011

WPTZ News Article:
"Dimes For No Bags" Benefits Food Bank
November 28, 2011 — Lenny's

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