press release

November 6, 2015

Media Contact:
Samantha Krepps
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Carlisle, PA – GIANT Food Stores and MARTIN’S Food Markets customers donated $550,888 to support local regional food banks during the grocer’s in-store Bag Hunger campaign earlier this fall. This is the second Bag Hunger campaign GIANT/MARTIN’S conducted for hunger relief efforts this year.

“GIANT/MARTIN’S remains committed to being a better neighbor in helping to end hunger in our local communities through both monetary and product donations,” said Tom Lenkevich, GIANT/MARTIN’S president. “Thank you to our customers for also embracing the call to help feed our neighbors in need. When combined with our spring Bag Hunger campaign, our customers generously gave almost $1.2 million to their local regional food banks.”

Regional food banks that benefit from GIANT/MARTIN’S support include the Central Pennsylvania Food Bank, Philabundance, Second Harvest Food Bank of Lehigh Valley, FeedMore - Central Virginia Food Bank, Food Bank of Western Maryland, Greater Berks County Food Bank, Water Street Rescue Mission in Lancaster, Food Resources of Washington County, Maryland, and the Blue Ridge Area Food Bank in Virginia.

GIANT/MARTIN’S Bag Hunger program is just one of many ways the company is helping to meet the high demand for donations to local hunger relief organizations. This $1.2 million in generous customer donations complements 2015 year to date contributions by GIANT/MARTIN’S to local food banks of $8 million. As part of GIANT/MARTIN’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 in November. With GIANT/MARTIN’S Meat the Needs program, the grocer freezes meat that would otherwise go unsold, but is still safe to consume, and donates it to regional food bank partners.


GIANT/MARTIN’S is committed to helping 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 GIANT or MARTIN'S websites.Find GIANT and MARTIN'S on Facebook and on Twitter @GiantFoodStores or @MartinsFoodMkts.