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Retailer's milk sales to benefit a selected Wash. public school


By STEVE BROWN



Capital Press



In partnership with the Dairy Farmers of Washington, Jacksons Food Stores will donate 5 percent of all Jacksons gallon milk sales in Washington to a randomly selected Washington school in a city where a Jacksons store is located.



In Western Washington, more than 40 percent of Jacksons' convenience stores are branded Shell and can be found in the I-5 and I-405 corridors, mostly in the Vancouver and Tacoma areas.



Now through May 28, the donations will go toward the purchase of Apple's iPad Learning Centers for the selected public school. Schools will be chosen in a random drawing after May 28.



"Through the 'Milk Builds Strong Schools' program, we hope to provide educational tools to elementary schools that have undergone severe budget cuts in recent years," said Jeff Steele, director of retail marketing and business development for the Washington Dairy Products Commission. "The hope is that milk sales will help fill the gap between what is budgeted and what is truly needed."



John Jackson, CEO of Jacksons Food Stores, said, "In partnering with the Dairy Farmers of Washington, our goal is to create a campaign that will benefit Washington schools, and we are thrilled to work together with them to do this."



Washington dairy farmers have conducted food and cash drives across the state to benefit Northwest Harvest, Second Harvest and Food Lifeline.



Jacksons Food Stores has raised millions of dollars for local charities and community service organizations, such as The St. Luke's Children's Hospital and Domestic Violence prevention networks in Washington, Oregon, Idaho and Nevada.



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