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More than $20,000 awarded to 15 Iowa schools, parks through initiative led by Iowa grocers

April 24, 2013

The Central Iowa Fair in Marshalltown will soon be sprucing up its picnic areas courtesy of the Build with Bags program.

The plastic bag recycling program being led by Iowa grocers announced that the Central Iowa Fair is one of 15 recipients of a Build with Bags grant award in 2013 and will receive a grant of $2,000 to obtain five new eight-foot picnic tables made from recycled plastic.

Two of the new tables will be placed in the picnic shelter and the remaining three tables be placed strategically throughout the campgrounds. Community volunteers will pick up, assemble and place the tables in time for park visitors to enjoy this summer and for many summers to come.

"We are excited to announce the winners of the Build with Bags grant program," said Michelle Hurd, president of the Iowa Grocery Industry Association. "Now in its fourth year, the Build with Bags program has exceeded our expectations in encouraging individuals to recycle their plastic bags so those bags can be turned into products that beautify our communities. This year's grant winners are reaping the rewards of their recycling efforts, and we hope other communities will follow suit and expand their recycling efforts."

The local Fareway grocery store played an important role in making this grant possible. Store Manager Harold Youngblood wrote a letter of support on behalf of the Central Iowa Fair that led to them being selected to receive a grant.

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