LS gets grant for picnic tables

Carla Moser, Co-Chair of the Lime Springs Pool and Park Board was surprised to learn the grant she applied for from Build with Bags was awarded. She had just a few days to fill out the application a few weeks ago and has already heard back that Lime Springs was one of the 24 recipients of the $44,318.46 Iowa Grocery Industry Association grant. Lime Springs received $1,778.20 for three picnic tables.

Moser said, “We are very excited to get this grant. The picnic tables at the ball diamond were badly in need of replacement. With short notice of about one week to research and write the grant, I am thankful to the persons  who helped me get this accomplished. Bob Murphy, Manager, and Bret Wiltse, Assistant Manager, of the Cresco Fareway Store wrote me an awesome letter of endorsement.”
Fareway Stores are one of the sponsors of the Build With Bags program.
“We are honored to announce the winners of the Build with Bags Grant Program in its second year,” said Jerry Fleagle, president of the Iowa Grocery Industry Association. “The communities being awarded display some of the tangible advantages associated with recycling plastic bags, and we hope the program will encourage individuals to continue their recycling efforts.”
Applications were evaluated based on set criteria that included a statement of need for the grant and the community’s own plastic bag recycling efforts. Grant applicants were also asked to verify the recycled plastic content in the furniture they were looking to purchase and obtain an endorsement letter from a local grocer that is supportive of the community’s project and recycling plans.
Geographic location also played a factor as the committee wanted to disperse the grant awards all across the state of Iowa.
“While the endorsement letter was not the most weighted category in the selection process, it is possibly one of the most vital to the Build with Bags program,” Fleagle said. “In the program committee’s eyes, it reflects how serious the applying community is about working with its local grocers to establish long-term projects and goals that can only help increase the awareness of plastic bag recycling.”
Cresco Fareway has a bin for recycling plastic bags at the front of its store.

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