Grocery Cards

Grocery Cards

Washington Park Early Learning Center families use reloadable grocery cards as an easy way to contribute money to our school through their everyday purchases. For every $100 spent using a grocery card, our school receives $5. The small increments that add up result in a lot of money for our school that doesn’t come out of your pocket!

We ask each family to spend $300 per month for 9 months, or pay a $20 monthly buy-out, or do a combination of spend and buyout.  Each family can have multiple cards tied to their account enabling grandparents, aunts/uncles, and friends to spend and credit the family’s requirements. Participating stores are King Soopers (KS) and Safeway (SW).  We ask all families to participate, however this is an optional fundraiser for parent-tot families.

If you need a grocery card or have any questions, contact treasurer@wpelc.org

If you decide to opt for the buy-out, please write a check for the full-year or semester buy-out amount (see the table below) and write “Grocery” in the memo.  Please bring your unused grocery cards back to the school for us to recycle.  Place both your check and the cards in the tuition box in the entry.

GROCERY PROGRAM:  SPEND AMOUNTS 

FAMILY TYPE

FALL # MOS

SPRING # MOS

SPEND/ MO

FALL SPEND

SPRING SPEND

TOTAL SPEND

1 STUDENT FAM

4

5

$300

$1,200

$1,500

$2,700

2 STUDENT FAM

4

5

$450

$1,800

$2,250

$4,050

GROCERY PROGRAM:  BUY-OUT AMOUNTS 

FAMILY TYPE

FALL # MOS

SPRING # MOS

BUYOUT/ MO

FALL BUYOUT

SPRING BUYOUT

TOTAL BUYOUT

1 STUDENT FAM

4

5

$20

$80

$100

$180

2 STUDENT FAM

4

5

$30

$120

$150

$270

How To Use Your Re-Loadable Grocery Cards:

  • Your new card is already loaded with $2.50 (King Soopers) or $5.00 (Safeway) and is now active.
  • Complete your regular grocery shopping (cards work for gas and liquor store purchases, too).
  • At the checkout line, BEFORE any items have been scanned, ask to have the card loaded with the amount you wish. (Many families choose $300 increments, feel free to select any amount.) The cashier will then load the card and you can use that card to purchase your groceries. Your card balance is then printed on the receipt.  No need to go to customer service. No need to load the card before you shop. And, you will still get your credit card points when load/add money to your grocery card!
  • You are donating to the school just by doing your regular grocery shopping!
  • You use the same card and repeat this process whenever you need.
  • King Soopers and Safeway will keep track of the amount spent on the card and will send it to WPELC for us to track. You don’t need to track, but be mindful of the spending requirements noted below.

Things to know:

  • Cards will expire if the balance on the card is zero for 90 days.
  • If a card is lost, a balance can be transferred to a new card- but it’s important to act fast as a found card is as good as cash to the person who finds it. Please reach out to WPELC and the store ASAP!
  • The school receives $5 for each $100 spent.
  • Both stores allow cards to be used at their gas stations and liquor stores!
  • Additional cards can be purchased for grandparents, nannies or family friends to use toward your fundraising requirements. The cards must be purchased through WPELC so they are linked to our giving program number.
  • Cards may not be used to purchase Gift Cards to other businesses within the store (i.e., Amazon).
  • If you do not spend the full spending requirement, the buyout will be prorated accordingly.
  • Please note, the grocery spend tracking ends each year in mid-April to allow time for our volunteers to collect payments before school is out for summer.  However, please use your card continuously over the late spring/summer to start accumulating WPELC credit for the next school year.
  • The grocery program volunteer parent will be in touch with you in January and in May if a buyout or partial buyout is needed for each semester.