press release

December 2, 2015

Media Contact:
Samantha Krepps
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Carlisle, PA – GIANT Food Stores with Hormel and Acosta, today donated holiday meals to 25 wounded veterans and their families in greater Philadelphia.

“Supporting our servicemen and women is one of GIANT’s initiatives and this partnership with Hormel and Acosta is a perfect fit,” said Tom Lenkevich, GIANT president. “The holidays can be difficult and this is our way to say thank you to our local servicemen, women and their families who continue to fight each and every day.”

Each dinner featured a Hormel ham and included applesauce, butter, corn, green beans scalloped potatoes, salad dressing, juice, tea and dessert. Each family also received a $25 GIANT gift card to purchase other items to complete the holiday meal.

Yesterday, GIANT, Hormel and Acosta partnered to donate holiday meals to 25 Wounded Warrior families residing in Central Pennsylvania. GIANT also presented a $300,000 check from the Support Our Troops campaign held in-store earlier this year, where customers and associates chain wide donated to the Wounded Warrior Project.

“Hormel Foods believes in our heroes and has believed in the Wounded Warrior Project and its campaign since their inception,” said Joseph R. Musacchia, senior customer executive, Hormel Foods. “Hormel Foods has been supporting veterans and involved with the military since 1898 and throughout the first world war, when founder George A. Hormel’s son was serving in Europe. Hormel Foods has established a lasting partnership with the Wounded Warrior Project and plans to continue those efforts in the years ahead.”

“I am so happy to be part of a company that supports such a worth-while cause as the Wounded Warrior Project,” said John Hamm, vice president, Acosta Sales and Marketing. “Acosta Sales and Marketing has been a major supporter from a national perspective, and locally we have worked with GIANT on many programs to support this charity. GIANT and Acosta together have run programs (Support our Troops, Believe in Heroes, and now the Holiday Lunch Program) to help support our Military families.“ 

The mission of WWP is to honor and empower Wounded Warriors. Since 2003, WWP has grown its programs and services to meet the growing needs of the constituency it serves. Currently, WWP provides support to more than 80,000 injured service members and over 14,000 caregivers and family support members. Through a high-touch and interactive approach, WWP’s vision is to foster the most successful, well-adjusted generation of wounded service members in our nation’s history.

“GIANT’s generosity demonstrates their genuine care for this nation’s service members,” said Gary Corless, executive vice president of strategic giving at WWP. “We are truly grateful for their support, which provides Wounded Warrior Project with the resources that will help to save the lives of wounded veterans.”


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 the GIANT or MARTIN'S websites.Find GIANT and MARTIN'S on Facebook and on Twitter @GiantFoodStores or @MartinsFoodMkts.