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GRAND RAPIDS, Minn. -- Throughout the month of March, grocery bags detailing the continuum of domestic violence, which ranges from name calling to serious injury or even death, will be distributed here at Ogle's Foods and Cub Foods, as well as at the following area supermarkets: Supervalu in Deer River, Fred's Supervalu in Nashwauk, and Kocian's IGA in Bigfork.
The Grand Rapids Area Community Foundation's Fund for Women is funding the project. The bags were created by the Survivors Group of the Advocates for Family Peace, an organization dedicated to raising awareness of domestic violence, and helping victims of rebuild their lives.
Larry Majewski, owner of Fred's Supervalu in Nashwauk, said to Progressive Grocer that the project was initiated by Bruce Ogle of Ogle's Foods, who placed the order for 180,000 bags and coordinated with participating Grand Rapids-area retailers to carry them. "We're independent grocers, but we work together [on such community projects]," noted Majewski, who said he appreciated the potential power of "grocery bags as media – they're in front of people constantly."
-- Bridget Goldschmidt