press release

December 21, 2015

Media Contact:
Samantha Krepps
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Carlisle, PA – Customers at GIANT Food Stores and MARTIN’S Food Markets gave generously this holiday season by donating $630,028 to local Children’s Miracle Network (CMN) Hospitals in their communities. As part of GIANT/MARTIN’S annual “Candles for Kids” campaign, customers could purchase a paper candle at the checkout between Nov. 22 and Dec. 5 for $1 each.

“For nearly 20 years, our customers have embraced GIANT/MARTIN’S commitment to help build healthy communities,” said Tom Lenkevich, GIANT/MARTIN’S president. “Combined with our CMN paper balloon campaign held in June, this year our customers donated more than $1.1 million to support CMN Hospitals in saving lives and bringing health back to children.”

The following CMN Hospitals in GIANT/MARTIN’S communities benefited from this year’s Candles for Kids campaign: Penn State Hershey Children’s Hospital, The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, The Janet Weis Children’s Hospital at Geisinger, Children’s Hospital of Richmond at VCU, Children’s National Medical Center, University of Virginia Children's Hospital, Pittsburgh Children's Hospital and Johns Hopkins Children’s Center.

Since 1996, GIANT/MARTIN’S has raised more than $37 million for CMN Hospitals in communities where it operates. GIANT/MARTIN’S is one of the top 10 fundraisers in the country for CMN and ranks #2 nationwide in per-store fundraising. In addition to conducting annual in-store campaigns, like Candles for Kids, GIANT/MARTIN’S associates also volunteer at CMN Hospital events, including radio and television telethons.


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.