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Tampa Save A Lot customers rounding up change for charity

Posted at 2:49 PM, Aug 26, 2020
and last updated 2020-08-26 16:41:36-04

TAMPA, Fla. — Save A Lot customers across the country are saying, “keep the change.”

This month, the grocery store chain launched a "Round Up at the Register" program with all proceeds going to Feeding America.

Carlton Brown entered the Tampa Save A Lot on Armenia Avenue to buy some snacks, but when he got to the check out line, he added one more item to the grocery list, generosity.

He chose to round up 50 cents.

“If you add up how many people donate that same little 50 cents it does add up to a lot and it can reach out to a lot of families in need,” said Brown.

Nationwide, Save A lot expects its 580 stores to generate more than $100,000 over the next 12 weeks. They say 90 percent of the money rounded up in Tampa will stay in Tampa.

“So when we say we are giving to the community our customers know that they are truly impacting our neighbors locally,” said regional director Chad Fogle.

Fogle said he knows many of his customers are on tight budgets, yet they choose to round up anyway.

“I think that everyone right now wants to do their part with what the country is going through with what the Bay Area is going through,” said Fogle.

Cashier Whittney Richards said it’s amazing how many people don’t even hesitate when asked if they want to round up for charity they just say, yes.

“Considering the fact that nobody is working and it’s amazing that people are actually still giving,” said Richards.