LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Not sure what to do with all that extra Halloween candy besides eat it? Lucky's Market in Louisville will let you trade it for something healthy while helping others.

Monday, Kira Malizia's daughter Emelia looked like she was second-guessing her decision to hand over her hard-earned Halloween candy.

"On the way here she was like, 'I have to give it all away?' I was like, 'Yeah, this is how we do it.' I let her pick one piece for the next seven days," said Malizia.

They are trading in the candy for free fruit. "We just turned in two pounds and we had a relatively small bucket, that goes to show you what kids are bringing home," said Malizia.

"They bring in their candy and we match it pound for pound with fresh fruits," said Jennifer Jenkins, Store Director at Lucky's Market.

The grocery store on North Hurstbourne Parkway will put the candy to good use. Local organizations like Maryhurst will stuff Christmas stockings with it and some of the candy will also go to troops overseas. That makes the swap even sweeter for Tammy Meredith.

"I've had friends that have just thrown it out so at least in this case it helps other people," said Meredith.

She wants her kids' candy out of the house.

"Because I'll eat it!" she laughed. "And they don't need it, it's one holiday after the other with birthdays and Thanksgiving and Christmas and we're constantly getting candy everywhere." 

Lucky's has been collecting the candy since Sunday. You can turn yours in from 4 p.m. - 6 p.m. through Tuesday.

"We have an entire barrel full and we're almost half-full on another and our goal is to have three barrels full." said Jenkins.

Your kids may call you crazy for casting off the candy. But  at Lucky's you and others get something in return.

"We eat a lot more fruits and vegetables anyways, this is the only time of the year we have candy in the house. It's so much, it's not good for them, it's not good for me, it's not good to have it in the house, I'm trying to set a good example," said Malizia.

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