I can't figure out if I'm a glutton for punishment, or very determined. We ran out of deli meat in the middle of the week, and because Whole Foods is too far, I thought I would try for the third time the deli counter at Food Lion. I chose a different Food Lion from my 1st two attempts and took my kids along for moral support. We went up to the empty deli counter, which was a relief (no weird stares) and explained our situation. The woman working behind the counter thought for a moment and then said, 'Oh I know, I can wrap it in the parchment paper we use for baking'. I was thrilled because Food Lion is 1/3 of the price of Whole Foods deli meat and cheese and 20 minutes closer.
Then, just to test the waters, the following week we went back to the original Food Lion that said no twice, and presented our request. The lady behind the counter said she didn't understand but luckily a kind woman in the bakery department overheard my request and explained it to her. It took a little longer than normal, however we were able to obtain our meat and cheese plastic free.
Since my boys love sandwiches and we go through meat and cheese faster than I can keep it stocked, it is a large relief knowing I can now drive a few miles down the road and still purchase what we need plastic free. This lifestyle may present challenges at times but we are excited to find so many people that are willing and happy to help us find alternative solutions.