2016-02-26 / Community

Hannaford to give away bags

Hannaford Supermarkets in South Portland will distribute free, reusable shopping bags during the last week of February, in advance of the city’s new fee on single-use bags.

From Feb. 22 to Feb. 29, Hannaford stores in Mill Creek and near the Maine Mall will bag groceries in Fight Hunger shopping bags. With each bag used, Hannaford will donate 25 cents toward hunger relief in South Portland.

The program is similar to one Hannaford ran in advance of Portland’s single-use bag fee. Both communities have passed laws that require supermarkets to charge customers 5 cents for each plastic or paper shopping bag used. The South Portland fee goes into effect March 1.

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