Food Banks in state to receive $750,000 from Dollar General price deception settlement
Food Banks across Ohio will soon receive a financial boon to help improve services for consumers.
Today, State Attorney General Dave Yost has announced that food banks will receive $750,000 to help food banks purchase and distribute food and personal-care items.
The money stems from a $1 million settlement with Dollar General, which Yost's office says displayed prices on its shelves for certain items but charged higher prices at its registers, and failed to correct prices at the point-of-sale to the lower shelf price.
"In every county there is at least one Dollar General, and there will be a $1,000 minimum check for that first store – so every county gets at least $1,000," Yost said. "The remainder of the $750,000 is going to be divided up and distributed based on how many stores you have in your county."
According to a news release from Yost's office, the Dollar General case originated in Butler County – where error rates were found to be as high as 88% – and many other auditors uncovered similar errors upon inspecting Dollar General stores in their respective counties.
Each county auditor will choose the beneficiary in his or her county – a decision that must be submitted to the Ohio Attorney General's Office by Nov. 30.
Yost said he hopes the auditor-designated food banks will have the money in hand before the winter holidays.