What are A+ School Rewards?
A+ School Rewards are points that accrue with each purchase using the BONUSCARD. At the end of each month, the A+ School Rewards are used in a calculation to determine your school's cash total, which, then, is automatically credited to your school's account. Customers can support a school(s) (up to two) to benefit from the A+ School Rewards that accrue.
Are there some items excluded from earning points?
Yes. As required by law, the following items are excluded from earning Extra Reward Points: milk and cream (PA only), alcohol, tobacco, (NY state only) money orders, postage stamps, lottery tickets, gasoline and other fuel, gift cards, amusement park and any other tickets, Western Union wire transfer services, fax service, copying machine service, coin operated vending machines, utility payments, prepaid telephone calling cards, prepaid wireless, delivery charges, dry cleaning, fund raising activities and donations, returned check service fees, payments toward store charge account balances, personal shopper fee, bottle deposits, and prescriptions (prescription copay amounts, except those for state and federally funded prescription plans including Medicare, Medicaid and government funded programs, will earn Extra Rewards points). This list is subject to change, additional exclusions may apply. Extra Rewards points are calculated after all of the aforementioned items, all store discounts, and all store coupons have been subtracted from the order. Percentage discounts are calculated after all of the aforementioned items, all store discounts, all store coupons, and all manufacturer coupons have been subtracted from the order. There will be no Extra Rewards points earned or discount received on the amount of sales tax and other taxes owed by the consumer. However, the discounted price reductions given on taxable items will reduce the amount of tax owed on those items.
What are the program dates for the 2012 – 2013 school year?
The program begins October 7, 2012, and runs through March 30, 2013. A School may register any time during the program through January 31, 2013, at which point enrollment and/or registration ends. Supporters can designate a school any time during the program period.
How are A+ School Rewards earned during purchases?
Each shopping visit, A+ School Rewards are rounded per transaction to the nearest whole dollar amount. For example: If a customer's bill totaled at $3.49, it would earn three A+ School Rewards for their selected school. If a customer’s shopping bill totaled $8.69, it would earn his or her school nine A+ School Rewards. At the end of each month, each school’s dollar amount is determined using the following formula:
Your school’s monthly A+ School Rewards points are divided by ALL participating schools’ monthly A+ School Rewards points. The result (answer) is then multiplied by the A+ School Rewards monthly dollar reward (approximately $500,000*). This result (answer) is your school’s monthly dollar award. Your school shares in a percentage of $3 million (the award MARTIN’S Food Stores is donating to schools).
THE FOLLOWING NUMBERS USED ARE FOR EXAMPLE PURPOSES ONLY:
- A+ Elementary earned 100 points in the month of October
- When combined, all participating A+ schools points equaled 700,000 points in the month of October
- 100 points(A+ Elementary) divided by 700,000 points (All A+ participating schools) = .0001428 x $500,000* (approximate monthly award) = $71.40
- A+ Elementary earned $71.40 in the month of October
*All figures used are for calculation demonstration purposes only!
How can my school participate?
Check with your school principal to determine if your school has participated in the program in previous years. If your school is new to the program, your school must first “Enroll” in the program. Your school Principal will need to send a signed, written request for enrollment on school letterhead, along with the school’s 9-digit Federal Tax ID Number. Schools must enroll to participate in the A+ School Rewards Program. Once enrolled, the school will receive and ID and Password so that they may “Register” their school information online. The enrollment/registration period begins July 27, 2012 and ends January 31, 2013. Please have your school administrator visit www.martinsfoods.com or contact our A+ School Rewards Hotline at 1-888-GIVING-2 (1-888-448-4642) for more information. Keep in mind that all public, private and parochial schools grades K – 12, Pre-schools, Day Cares and Home Schools are eligible to participate.
Is my Sports Group or Youth Center eligible to participate?
No. Only full-time schools, grades Pre-K-12, Day Cares and Home Schools can participate in the program. The program is not open to after care centers, supplemental educational service centers, and other non-profit organizations. These organizations may participate in the fundraising gift card program, Cash for Causes. For more information visit our Cash for Causes page.
My school was registered last year, but now is not on the Participating School List or listed as “NOT REGISTERED” – what does that mean?
Schools are required to register online at the beginning of each program year. Over the summer, all previously participating schools were sent information regarding the registration process. Please contact your school Principal or A+ Coordinator to remind them to register for this year’s program. Only registered schools can be supported and only registered schools will receive checks for A+ School Rewards awards earned during the 2012-2013 program. A school may register at any time beginning July 27, 2012 through January 31, 2013, at which time registration and/or enrollment closes.
Why do I have to RE-REGISTER my school every year?
MARTIN’S needs to have the most updated information every year in order to be able to send checks, letters, e-mails, etc., to the correct address.
What can schools do with the money?
Once your school receives their check, it's up to the school to decide the best way to use it. It could be used to purchase computers, smart boards, field trips, or other educational related materials needed by the school.
How will schools know what they earned?
You can track your school's success by clicking “School Totals” on the www.martinsfoods.com/aplus website. The totals will be updated monthly starting at the beginning of November.
What if my school is not listed as a participating school?
Schools must enroll to participate in the A+ School Rewards Program. The enrollment period begins July 27, 2012 and ends January 31, 2013. Please have your school administrator visit www.martinsfoods.com/aplus or contact our A+ School Rewards Hotline at 1-888-GIVING-2 (1-888-448-4642) to find out how they can enroll in our program. Keep in mind that all public, private and parochial schools grades Pre-K – 12, Day Cares, and Home Schools are eligible to participate. The program is not open to after care centers, supplemental educational service centers, and other non-profit organizations. These organizations may participate in the fundraising gift card program. For more information visit our Cash for Causes page.
How do I change my School’s Name and/or Address on the Website?
Schools must submit a letter on school letterhead signed by the principal stating the change and a W-9 Form reflecting that change. You must submit this information by January 31, 2013 in order to get your check at the end of the school year. If you register under an old school name and address and do not submit this change, the end of year check will be made out and mailed to the old school name and address.
Please fax the paperwork to us at 610-617-3557 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
School W-9 Form
Why does my school have to submit a W-9 Form?
MARTIN’S needs to obtain the 9-digit Federal Tax Identification Number (or TIN-Tax Identification Number) in order to have the school set up in the database as a vendor for payment. All accredited schools are issued a tax identification number. You may need to contact your school district for this information. If you are a Home School, we will need your Social Security Number.
Is the Federal Tax ID Number or TIN (Tax Identification Number) number the same as the Tax Exempt number?
No, the TIN (Tax Identification Number) number is a 9 digit number given to your school by the IRS, which will help us identify your school as a vendor for payment. The Tax Exempt Number is an 8 digit number that your school needs to be exempt from paying taxes when making purchases. Your school cannot be enrolled in the program with a Tax Exempt number.
What Address should I include on the W-9?
You should enter the school’s mailing address; the address should also match the address on the school letterhead. If you are a Home School, you should include your home’s mailing address.
Can the PTO/PTA register their TIN (Tax Identification Number)?
No. Only schools are allowed to participate in the program. Only school TIN’s (Tax Identification Numbers) will be accepted. The payment will be reported for 1099 purposes, therefore, it is crucial to submit the correct TIN (Tax Identification Number).
A+ School Rewards Supporters
How can I support my school?
You will need your 11-digit BONUSCARD number found on the back of the card. If you do not have a BONUSCARD, please visit your local store to obtain one. Customers can support local school(s) (up to two) to benefit from the A+ School Rewards Program by going to www.martinsfoods.com/aplus and choosing the “Designate Your School-Customers Only” link from the menu on this page or by calling the A+ School Rewards Hotline at 1-888-GIVING-2 (1-888-448-4642).
What happens if you support more than one school?
Customers can support up to two (2) schools to benefit from the program. A+ School Rewards are divided equally among each school. To ensure all schools receive proper A+ School Rewards credit when selecting multiple schools, include each school’s ID code. Just remember that each time you enroll your BONUSCARD in a program year, you must include BOTH schools (up to two) that you want to support, even if you have previously selected them.
Do I have to register my card every year in order to support a school?
Yes, you MUST register your card every year. In order to perform critical maintenance applications to our A+ database, all of the information in our system is cleared at the end of the program each year. These updates ensure that the correct school receives your points. This simple effort on the part of each supporter is the only step necessary each year for your school to begin earning their points and CASH through A+ School Rewards!
Why does my receipt only show the points I’ve earned this month?
At the end of each month, the points you’ve earned are factored into your school’s year-to-date total. Visit School Totals at the beginning of each month to see your school’s updated total.
Why do my points “expire” at the end of the month?
Your receipt displays the total number of points you’ve earned in a given month. Once points “expire” at the end of the month, they are factored into to your school’s year-to-date total. Your points total will restart at zero at the beginning of each month.
Do my purchases on peapod.com earn A+ points?
Yes they do. Just be sure to register your BONUSCARD on your Peapod account.