press release

June 13, 2016

(717) 240-1017
[email protected]


"This gift represents the single largest donation in our 75 year history,” said Joe Brooks, Liberty USO

Carlisle, PA. (June 13, 2016) - As part of GIANT Food Stores and MARTIN’S Food Markets’ annual Support Our Troops in-store campaign, customers and associates made their largest donation to date – $623,905 – to The United Service Organizations Inc. (USO), a nonprofit organization that provides programs and services to soldiers and their families.

In addition, through the annual Women in Leadership Conference sponsored by GIANT/MARTIN’S, associates presented USO of Pennsylvania and Southern New Jersey (Liberty USO) with a donation of 46 tons of food, cleaning and health care items to assist military families in the communities that we serve.

“As part of our promise to be a better neighbor, we remain committed to supporting the brave men and women in the armed forces who serve our country both at home and abroad daily,” said Tom Lenkevich, GIANT/MARTIN’S president. “We have been proud to support the USO and the work they do to build morale and keep soldiers connected to their families since 2005.”

Held May 8 through May 21, this year’s Support Our Troops campaign supported:

  • USO of Pennsylvania and Southern New Jersey (Liberty USO) – $514,636
  • USO of Hampton Roads and Central Virginia - $87,420
  • USO Metro DC - $21,848

“We have always felt that we are fortunate to have such a strong partnership with GIANT Food Stores.,” said Joseph Brooks, president and CEO, USO of Pennsylvania and Southern NJ. “Today we are thrilled to share that GIANT has committed $514,636 to USO of Pennsylvania and Southern NJ (Liberty USO). This gift represents the single largest donation in our 75 year history and will provide us opportunities that are guaranteed to be transformational in nature to the Liberty USO. It will enable us to support military families in every community in which GIANT has a presence.”

Since Support Our Troops began in 2005, GIANT/MARTIN’S customers and associates have donated more than $4 million to the USO.


GIANT/MARTIN’S is committed to working every day to help its customers save money, save time and eat well. Founded in 1923 in Carlisle, Pennsylvania, GIANT/MARTIN’S operates nearly 200 grocery stores in Pennsylvania, Maryland, Virginia and West Virginia, under the names of GIANT Food Stores and MARTIN’S Food Markets. GIANT/MARTIN’S employs more than 33,000 associates and is a division of Ahold USA. In addition to working with hundreds of local and regional organizations annually, GIANT/MARTIN’S has a long-standing focus on efforts to eradicate hunger and improve the quality of life for children. GIANT/MARTIN’S is one of the top ten fund-raisers in the country for local Children’s Miracle Network hospitals. The company was also recognized as 2015 Chain Retailer of the Year by Grocery Headquarters. For more information visit the GIANT or MARTIN'S websites. Find GIANT and MARTIN'S on Facebook and on Twitter @GiantFoodStores or @MartinsFoodMkts.