GREENVILLE — Two names known for fresh produce are joining forces to help raise money for an anti-hunger campaign begun by a 9-year-old girl who donated her 40-pound cabbage to a soup kitchen to feed the hungry.

Through Oct. 22, Bi-Lo is donating 5 cents to Katie’s Krops each time a customer purchases 3 or more pounds of Dole bananas at any Bi-Lo store. Katie’s Krops is a non-profit that donates thousands of pounds of healthful food annually to feed the hungry and awards grants to kids across the country to start gardens and do the same thing.

“As a local grocer, we’re committed to supporting programs that address hunger in our community, like Katie’s Krops,” said Mary Kellmanson, senior vice president of marketing for Bi-Lo. “We are proud to be the first grocery chain to launch a program like this with Katie’s Krops and encourage our customers to support this effort as they shop in our stores this week.”

“With the support of Bi-Lo and Dole, Katie’s Krops will be closer to reaching our goal — to have at least one garden in all 50 states that is donated to feed people in need,” said Katie Stagliano, founder of Katie’s Krops. “The money raised helps us educate and empower kids to start and maintain vegetable gardens of all sizes, ultimately ending hunger.”

Bi-Lo Holdings, LLC, the parent company of Bi-Lo and Winn-Dixie grocery stores, is the ninth-largest conventional supermarket chain in the United States based on net sales. The company employs nearly 60,000 associates who serve customers in 686 grocery stores and 482 in-store pharmacies throughout eight Southeastern states.

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