Milford Arts Council to benefit from Big Y bag sales

A kiosk advertises upcoming events outside the Milford Arts Council's headquarters at 40 Railroad Avenue in Milford Conn. on Thursday, July 15, 2021.

A kiosk advertises upcoming events outside the Milford Arts Council's headquarters at 40 Railroad Avenue in Milford Conn. on Thursday, July 15, 2021.

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MILFORD — This month residents can support the arts while they shop because the Milford Arts Council was chosen as the August beneficiary of the Big Y Community Bag Program.

The program is a fundraiser where shoppers can support community organizations by buying durable, reusable shopping bags. A portion of the purchase goes to a local nonprofit.

“This is a really easy way for the community to help the MAC to continue bringing quality programming to the community while they are doing their weekly shopping,” said MAC marketing specialist Meg Carriero. “Plus it’s a small step in helping the environment. I call that a win-win.”

Every month, leadership at each store location chooses a local non-profit to be the default beneficiary from the community bag program. The organization’s name is posted on the reusable bag rack during their benefiting month.

The bags are made from 95 percent recycled materials from either non-woven or woven polypropylene. During August, for every $2.50 reusable bag purchased at the Big Y location in Milford, the MAC will receive a $1 donation.

“With being able to come back in house this fall there’s some upgrades we’d love to do for our patrons, and this program, with the participation of our community, could really help us get a step closer to those goals,” said Carriero.