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Councilmember Fred DeMoro, Councilmember Phyllis Edson, Victor Cosentino Jr., Jimmy Cosentino Jr., Mayor Bill Baird, Don Cosentino, Dante Cosentino, Chief Travis Forbes, and Jimmy Cosentino gathered at the Lee’s Summit Police Department to present $3,000 in gift cards to the department

Mallory Herrmann

Members of the Cosentino family, on behalf of Cosentino’s Food Stores, have shared $3,000 worth of gift cards with the Lee’s Summit Police Department. The gift cards are valued at $100 each and will be distributed by police officers. Police officers will share the gift cards with residents in need.

In the past, Cosentino’s has contributed a financial donation to the mayor’s Christmas fund. This year, Mayor Bill Baird suggested that the funds instead be used to purchase the gift cards to be shared with the public.

The gift cards were presented to the Lee’s Summit Police Department on Dec. 20.

“To me, it’s role-modeling: it’s telling everybody ‘hey, we give back, we care,’” Baird said, thanking the police department for their service and Cosentino’s for the opportunity to share with the community. He said that police officers sometimes give out of their own pockets to help someone and that this is an even better way for them to help people out.

Travis Forbes, chief of police, worked for Cosentino’s as a teenager, a partnership that Baird said is a great example of how people make a difference in the city.

Cosentino’s Food Stores operates 31 grocery stores in Missouri and Kansas, including two Price Chopper stores in Lee’s Summit: one in Raintree and one on NE Woods Chapel Road.

Based in Prairie Village and founded in 1948, Cosentino’s Food Stores operates 31 area stores, including Price Choppers, Sun Fresh stores, Apple Markets, Cosentino’s Markets, and Market 48 throughout Missouri and Kansas.