Schnucks bans all solicitors including the Salvation Army and Girl Scouts

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ST. LOUIS, MO (KTVI) - A new policy is banning all solicitors at Schnucks area grocery stores. The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that this includes Salvation Army bell ringers and the Girl Scouts.

Many St. Louis area charities and non-profit organizations depend on donations from patrons at store entrances. They have been asking for support in front of Schnucks stores for decades.

Paul Simon, a Schnucks spokesperson, sent this statement to FOX 2, "Schnucks has always been and always will be committed to community service and supporting organizations, entities and individuals in their community activities. However, our primary obligation is servicing our customers by providing the most pleasant and convenient shopping environment. Because of this, we have decided to end the solicitation of our customers or distribution of written or other materials at our stores.

Schnucks will continue to offer all not-for-profit organizations an equal opportunity to raise funds for a variety of purposes through our “My Schnucks Card” (eScrip) program. This program is true community relations because these funds will come from Schnucks and will be determined by our customers in their selection of the groups they choose to designate as their beneficiaries. (Last year, Schnucks gave more than $1.8 million to not-for-profit organizations through this program.)

We will also be exploring new and different ways to partner with community groups.."

Read more from the St. Louis Post-Dispatch here.