Lazy Acres Natural Market Debuts Program to Help Local Nonprofits

Cyndi Darlington  |  Noozhawk

Lazy Acres Natural Market is ramping up its commitment to the Santa Barbara community by introducing an in-store community program to benefit local nonprofits.

The Envirotokens program rewards customers who make the sustainable choice to reuse and keep single-use bags out of local landfills.

When customers shop with their own grocery bags, Lazy Acres will give them a 10¢ Envirotoken per bag. The customer then pays it forward to one of six local nonprofits, hand-selected for doing important work in the area, with a focus on K-12 education, hunger relief, and environmental stewardship.

The featured Santa Barbara store nonprofits include:

  • Food Bank of Santa Barbara County
  • Organic Soup Kitchen
  • Santa Barbara Public Library Foundation
  • Santa Barbara Humane
  • United Boys & Girls Clubs of Santa Barbara County
  • White Buffalo Land Trust

Every month, Lazy Acres will tally up Envirotokens, convert them into dollar amounts and send a check to each organization.

“Caring for community is central to who we are,” said Geoff Babb, vice president of operations for Lazy Acres. “For more than 30 years, we’ve been focused on doing the right thing for our neighbors, for our earth, and for each other. This new giving program is another way we can work together with our collective future in mind.

“When our customers make a sustainable choice to reduce waste and reuse, our local neighborhoods will benefit.”

“We are grateful to serve such a special community here in Santa Barbara,” said Bryan Feil, Lazy Acres store director. “Santa Barbara is where Lazy Acres began, so it makes sense to continue increasing our already strong ties to a neighborhood with so many of our shared values.”

To mark the Envirotokens launch, the community is invited to a June 10 celebration, 11 a.m.-2 p.m. at Lazy Acres Santa Barbara, 302 Meigs Road, that will feature:
· Free sampling throughout the store
· All six community partners
· An in-store Bee Scavenger Hunt for kids, with a free cookie upon completion
· A Lazy Acres booth with games, giveaways and chances to win one of two $250 Lazy Acres gift cards
· Free Envirotokens reusable bags, while supplies last
· Chances to win $10 gift cards every hour

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