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Klein's ShopRite announces major renovation of Forest Hill store during annual Celebrity Bagging for Hunger event

Klein's ShopRite held its eighth annual Celebrity Bagging for Hunger Wednesday afternoon at the company's Forest Hill location, and used the event as a backdrop to announce nearly $10 million in renovations will be done to the store in the next year.

County government officials and other dignitaries donned aprons and worked at the checkout lines bagging groceries to raise awareness of hunger in the community.

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During the event, Klein's ShopRite President Andrew P. Klein announced the Forest Hill "flagship" store, which opened in 1979, would be undergoing a $9.5 million renovation to make it "a lean, green, efficient supermarket machine."

Each Klein's ShopRite store donates $10,000 each year to the Maryland Food Bank, to be used specifically to help needy citizens in the areas served by each store.

In addition, the Klein family donates a percentage of gross sales at their six Harford County stores during the day of the Bagging for Hunger event to the Empty Stocking Fund, a Harford County based Christmas season charity.

"Hunger is present at all times in our community, and that's why we fight it with every tool available," Howard S. Klein, vice president and general counsel for Klein's ShopRite of Harford County, said.

Among those doing the bagging honors this year were Harford County state senators Wayne Norman, Robert Cassilly and J.B. Jennings; state delegates Susan McComas, Mary Ann Lisanti and Teresa Reilly; Harford County Council members Chad Shrodes, Curtis Beulah, James McMahan, Patrick Vincenti and Michael Perrone; Town of Bel Air Commissioner Philip Einhorn and Town Administrator L. Jesse Bane; Jane Brown and Garry Wolfe from the Empty Stocking Fund and representatives of the Maryland Food Bank. Len Parrish, director of housing and community development for Harford County, represented County Executive Barry Glassman.

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