November 2, 2015
CENTRAL PA FOOD BANK RECEIVES 1,000 TURKEYS AND $5,000 FROM GIANT FOOD STORES’ FEEDING OUR NEIGHBORS EVERY DAY CAMPAIGN Nearly $90,000 in turkeys and cash to be donated in three states
Carlisle, PA – GIANT Food Stores’ “Feeding Our Neighbors Every day” holiday campaign helped kick off Central Pennsylvania Food Bank’s annual turkey drive with 1,000 turkeys and $5,000 to the food bank to use to purchase food when it needs it most, after the holidays.
“While food banks receive increased donations during the holiday season, these donations tend to slow down early in the New Year, even though the need doesn’t,” said Tom Lenkevich, GIANT president. “Feeding our neighbors every day is part of GIANT’s mission, but we can’t do it alone, and we need your help to end hunger in Central Pennsylvania.”
“As we approach the holiday season requests for food assistance from families facing hunger will rise dramatically,” said Joe Arthur, executive director, Central Pennsylvania Food Bank. “This donation from GIANT is a great start to our annual turkey drive and will enable a thousand traditional holiday meals to be enjoyed by individuals and families that may not have the means to gather for a holiday meal.”
According to the Central Pennsylvania Food Bank, the donation of 1,000 turkeys can help feed nearly 8,000 people.
As part of GIANT’s Feeding Our Neighbors holiday campaign, nearly $90,000 in turkeys and cash will be donated to seven regional food banks and local hunger organizations throughout three states.
In addition to Central Pennsylvania Food Bank, Philabundance, FeedMore – Central Virginia Food Bank, Blue Ridge Area Food Bank, Second Harvest Food Bank of the Lehigh Valley, Maryland Food Bank – Western Branch and Lancaster County Council of Churches will receive donations.
GIANT shoppers can help by donating their Free Turkey Extra Reward certificates at the register to the Central Pennsylvania Food Bank. Customers who earn 400 extra reward points through Nov. 12 are eligible for the Free Turkey Extra Reward certificate which can be donated now through Nov. 25.
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.