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Paige Bueckers opens free grocery store to address food insecurity

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UConn star Paige Bueckerrs is using her NIL power to help those in need.

Through a deal with Chegg, and in partnership with hunger relief company Goodr, she has opened up a pop-up grocery market in her home state of Minnesota. The free market will open at Hopkins West Middle School in Minnetonka.

“With one third of students struggling with food insecurity, I knew I had to do something to help,” Bueckers said in an Instagram post. “Now, Chegg and I are partnering up to put food on the table for students at Hopkins West Middle School.”

It’s not the first time she’s opened up a pop-up grocery market.

Last year, Bueckers – who is a native of Edina – opened up a similar market in Minneapolis on April 2. In total, the 2021 national player of the year helped to hand out 6,000 meals.

Her newest effort comes after Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz signed into law a bill that will provide free school breakfast and lunch for all Minnesota students at participating schools.

“As someone who grew up with a different colored lunch ticket, I know that there are too many children who go hungry at school and experience shame in the lunchroom,” Lt. Gov. Peggy Flanagan said. “By providing free breakfast and lunch to all students, we are removing stigma in the lunchroom, helping family pocketbooks, investing in the health and well-being of our children, and ensuring that no student goes hungry for any reason. Today is a really good day for our students and families.”