Caputo's has pre-bagged non-perishables ready to buy and donate on the spot.

I think starting Weight Watchers this winter has made me greedy for fresh fruits and vegetables.

I walk through the aisles of Caputo’s produce department and dream about the ways to prepare rainbow chard, spinach, broccoli, or beets. I can’t resist the apples, strawberries and tangerines. I buy asian pears to treat myself because they are so delicious.  All of a sudden my once a week shopping trip has become a full cart extravaganza.

And I feel grateful.

It wasn’t too long ago that we had to make decisions between buying soda or canned corn. Don’t get me wrong, we are still on a tight budget, but the $100 grocery bill that includes fresh wonderful veggies and fruit doesn’t make me queezy and worried that something else is going to bounce right out of the checking account.

Today, with my cart, I walked up to the check out.


Right there, looking almost like a delivery waiting to be picked up, on top of the Coca Cola cooler, were pre-priced bags of goods. You can see what the sign says.The bags were packed up and ready for Leyden Family Services. Each one had a receipt stapled to it. It was easy to pick up and put right on the belt. The cashier rang me up for my regular grocery bill and then separately rang up the bag that would be collected by Caputo’s to go to Leyden Family Services. I have the receipt to add to my tax donations for next year. It was a little too easy to be able to give when I was getting so much.

And I loved every minute of it.

It was just a $10 bag. $10 is just the amount I spend weekly on Boar’s Head low sodium turkey and cheddar cheese for the kids lunches. $10 is just the amount that I spent today on our ingredients for tonight’s dinner. I have no idea what food or items were in the bag. It felt pretty heavy though, I could have looked carefully at the detailed receipt stapled to the bag to find out. But I didn’t.  

I was just really glad that at this point in my life, I can add that $10 to our weekly grocery budget and know that it’s making a difference.  Because it does.

I don’t know if other grocery stores in our area take the time to do this. I haven’t seen this at the Jewel on Madison. But, that doesn’t mean it isn’t there. 

Let us know @oakparkshopping about those “get a little, give a little” shopping opportunities. We’d love to spread the word.

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Sarah Corbin

Sarah, a life long Oak Parker, enjoys supporting local small business as much as possible.  With over 20 years in big box and little box retail, she brings a unique perspective to our local business community. ...

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