The West Haven Community House has been selected as a beneficiary of the Stop & Shop Community Bag Program for the month of July. Every time the $2.50 reusable “Give Back” Community Bag is purchased during the month of July at the Stop & Shop located at 460 Elm Street, the Community House will receive a $1.
The Stop & Shop Community Bag Program, which launched in May 2019, is a reusable bag program that facilitates community support with the goal to make a difference in the communities where shoppers live and work.
The State of Connecticut’s new law, charging a 10-cent tax on single-use plastic bags, will come into effect on Aug. 1. It is estimated that about 700 million single-use plastic bags are distributed each year in Connecticut and this legislation is expected to reduce that amount by 80%, while generating a projected $27.7 million in the current fiscal year and $26.8 million in the fiscal year that begins July 1, 2020.
“In the long run, purchasing these reusable shopping bags not only helps the environment, it saves you money and lets you give back to the Community while supporting programs that so many West Haven families rely on each day,” said Patty Stevens, Executive Director of The West Haven Community House.
For 78 years, the Community House has been a cornerstone social service agency of West Haven with programs including Head Start, a quality school readiness program for children from income-eligible families; Children & Youth Services, a before and after-school and summer program for school-aged children; and Community Connections day and residential program for people with intellectual disabilities.
Visit whcommunityhouse.org for information about their programs. For more information on the Stop & Shop Community Bag Program, visit stopandshop.bags4mycause.com.