The Iowa Grocery Industry Association and its participating members will partner with the governor's office in an initiative to help fund this year's Governor's Bullying Prevention Summit.


Beginning Oct. 1, Iowans will be able to donate at participating grocery stores by using scan pads that will be placed at the checkout counters through the month of October. Participating grocers include Dahl's, Fareway, Hy-Vee, Wally's Food Pride, Keith's Foods and Don's Foods.


The new campaign was started to offset the costs associated with the event, as well as help raise awareness for the summit. Any remaining funds will go into a statewide bullying prevention education fund for Iowa schools, which will be able to apply for competitive grants that will be evenly distributed among rural, urban and suburban schools.


"We deeply appreciate the IGIA's support for efforts by our administration and communities across the state to help all students feel safe and respected at school," Gov. Terry Branstad said in a release.


The focus of this year's summit, scheduled for Nov. 4 at Hy-Vee Hall, is on how adults and students can make a difference. Generous summit support pledged by sponsors this summer and registration fees are expected to cover most if not all of the summit costs, estimated to be about $90,000. A complete list of sponsors can be found on the summit website.


"We want to send the message that bullying prevention should be a top priority for all of us," Branstad said. "The summit is open to the public, and we hope to sell out like last year."