ROCKLAND — Reduce single-use plastic in the environment and give back to those in need in the community, all while running routine weekly errands at the local Hannaford’s. Coastal Children’s Museum was selected by a local Hannaford store leadership as the benefiting non-profit in the Community Bag Program for the month of August.

The Hannaford Reusable Community Bag Program is a way for shoppers to give back to the community and the environment as part of a regular shopping routine. Every $2.50 reusable community bag purchased sends a $1 donation to a non-profit local.

As part of this ongoing program, every month at a Hannaford location, a local non-profit is selected to benefit from the sale of reusable bags. The Coastal Children’s Museum was selected as the August beneficiary by local store leadership at the 75 Maverick St., Rockland store. The Coastal Children’s Museum will receive a $1 donation for every bag.

“It’s more important than ever to help reduce single-use plastic in the environment,” said Gayle Bedigian, the board president of the Coastal Children’s Museum. “Non-profits at the local level, like us, are in need of community support. This program offers the perfect solution to multiple issues of the world today. We hope you’ll support us in August by purchasing one – or two – Community Bags at our local Hannaford!”

The Coastal Children’s Museum is a non-profit based in Rockland. Founded in 2009, The Coastal Children’s Museum works to provide children and families the opportunity to explore, discover and learn through play about the natural world, arts and sciences, and diversity of Maine’s mid-coast. They are open Wednesday to Saturday by reservation online. Learn more about The Coastal Children’s Museum by visiting

For more information about the Hannaford Community Bag Program, visit