CRYSTAL RIVER — The Early Learning Coalition of the Nature Coast, a nonprofit committed to ensuring that all children have access to quality early education and care, and enter school ready to learn, has begun generating donations through the Giving Tag Program.

The Giving Tag Program, which launched in February 2019, is a reusable bag program that facilitates community support with the goal to make a difference in the communities where shoppers live and work.

When a shopper purchases the reusable Community Bag at any BI-LO, Fresco y mas, Harveys or Winn-Dixie store, they have the opportunity to direct a $1 donation to a local nonprofit by using the attached Giving Tag. For every $1 you give, the coalition receives $15.67 in federal funds. The Early Learning Coalition of the Nature Coast has already begun generating donations through the use of the Giving Tag.

“We appreciate the opportunity to participate in the Giving Tag Program,” said Early Learning Coalition of the Nature Coast Executive Director Sonya Bosanko. “The proceeds from this community-wide program, along with federal matching funds, will help us continue to provide a variety of high-quality services for at-risk, low-income preschool children throughout Citrus, Dixie, Gilchrist, Levy and Sumter Counties.”

The Early Learning Coalition of the Nature Coast is a nonprofit based in Crystal River. They also operate offices in Chiefland and Sumterville. Founded in 2001, the Early Learning Coalition of the Nature Coast provides oversight and implementation of the School Readiness and VPK programs at the local level. The coalition partners with early learning programs throughout a 5-county service area to help prepare children for success in kindergarten and in life.

Learn more about the Early Learning Coalition of the Nature Coast by visiting www.elc-naturecoast.org.

For more information on the Giving Tag Program, visit seg.bags4mycause.com.

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