Since Econo Foods in Sturgeon Bay started its "Econo Cares" program more than $1 million has been donated to local non-profit organizations, schools, churches and clubs.
The Egg Harbor Road supermarket gives back to the community with several popular programs. According to store manager Jon Calhoun, Econo Foods gives 1% of receipts collected back to schools, churches and non-profits. An Econo script program allows organizations to buy gift cards at a 3% discount and then sell them to members as a fundraiser. A third opportunity for non-profit fundraising is the "Tip the Bagger" program, popular with school athletic programs. The Boys and Girls Club of Door County has raised over $500 in one day selling lemonade at a stand in front of the store.
Calhoun is proud of the 30-year history of community support and invites representatives of non-profit organizations to learn more about how Econo can be part of their fundraising efforts. Calhoun spoke at a recent meeting of the Rotary Club of Sturgeon Bay. He moved to Sturgeon Bay in 2012 after a 17-year career in the supermarket industry in Wausau and Green Bay. Econo Foods was founded in Sturgeon Bay in 1981 by James Tadych and moved to the current Egg Harbor Road location in 1989. The company owns six supermarkets in Wisconsin and Upper Michigan and has earned a reputation in the grocery industry for effectively competing with Walmart Superstores. Calhoun predicted the Sturgeon Bay Econo Foods will continue to expand service to customers and will introduce new marketing campaigns in the near future.