press release

March 19, 2014

Christopher Brand
[email protected]


Includes more than $25 million in donations to local communities

Carlisle, PA – As part of its ongoing commitment to be a better neighbor and a responsible retailer, GIANT Food Stores and MARTIN’S Food Markets today announced that charitable donations made in 2013 from customers, associates and vendor partners totaled $25.1 million. Donations supporting hunger relief, improving the lives of children, and building healthier communities were made through a combination of cash and product.

“From each store associate up through to our corporate office and distribution centers, GIANT/MARTIN’S is focused on being a better neighbor in the local communities that we serve through community giving and helping customers achieve healthier lifestyles,” said Larry Stover, senior vice president of store operations. “For the second year in a row we have achieved the $25 million in giving milestone! Thank you to our customers, our associates, and our vendor partners who have joined with us over the past year in support of hunger relief, children’s causes and building healthy communities.”

Healthy communities As part of GIANT/MARTIN’S commitment to the fight against hunger, in 2013, nearly 100 regional food banks and local pantries across four states received more than $10 million in product, customer, vendor, and corporate donations. Food donation programs provided more than $9 million in meat and bakery items, equating to hundreds of thousands of pounds of food to assist struggling families. Significant among these food donation programs was “Meat the Needs,” where the company freezes meat that would otherwise go unsold and donates it to regional food banks. Since the launch of “Meat the Needs”, more than one million pounds of frozen meat has been donated to regional food bank Philabundance alone.

In celebration of the company’s 90th anniversary in 2013, GIANT/MARTIN’S donated a total of $81,000 to nine regional food bank partners towards ongoing hunger relief efforts. Generous customers contributed approximately $1 million during two Bag Hunger in-store campaigns.

Also for its 90th anniversary, GIANT/MARTIN’S launched 90 days of giving where stores conducted at least one random act of kindness throughout the summer and into early fall. These acts included everything from hosting an event to distribute free school supplies to children, providing bottled water donations to local firemen and women, raising more than $3,000 to rebuild a local park destroyed by arson to donating supplies to a homeless shelter.

In 2013, GIANT/MARTIN’S committed more than $11 million in contributions to local community groups and various nonprofit organizations throughout its market area, impacting tens of thousands of individuals and families. The grocers’ annual “Support Our Troops” in-store campaign, which benefits regional USOs and the Wounded Warrior Project, an organization that helps severely injured service members aid and assist each other, raised $518,000. Associate and corporate contributions to more than 40 local United Way agencies also totaled more than $1 million in 2013.

Healthy kids Over the past 18 years, GIANT/MARTIN’S has donated more than $34 million to support Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals in local communities it serves, including $3.275 million in 2013.

“Funds generated through GIANT/MARTIN’s annual campaigns provide life-saving care and needed treatments for nine of our member children’s hospitals,” said John Lauck, Children's Miracle Network Hospitals president and CEO. “The dollars raised are so vital to our hospitals’ operations and the care they provide to local sick and injured kids.”

Through GIANT/MARTIN’S A+ School Rewards program, more than 2,500 public and private schools received $3 million to help fund scholarship programs, technology initiatives, sports equipment, and other educational needs. Since launching the program in 2005, more than $16 million has been donated to thousands of local schools. For a complete listing of schools, please visit or

Healthy customers GIANT/MARTIN’S is helping their customers be healthy by providing a variety of resources to make healthier choices for themselves and for their families. Two new in- store nutritionists were hired in 2013 to help customers with questions on healthy eating while they shop, provide one-on-one nutrition consultations and teach health related classes. In total, GIANT/MARTIN’S has seven nutritionists throughout its market area.

The company also focuses on healthier kids through Passport to Nutrition, a fun, interactive program to make the topic of healthy eating exciting for kids and also offers in-store Kid Healthy Ideas store tours. In 2013, a total of 13,500 kids participated in a GIANT/MARTIN’S store tour to learn about health and wellness.

“It is the passion and enthusiasm of our associates in embracing these efforts that enable us to be a responsible retailer in all of the communities we serve,” added Stover. “They are the true leaders in taking up these various causes and initiatives that not only make us a better neighbor, but also a better place to shop and to work.”


Headquartered 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 31,000 associates. Founded in 1923, GIANT and MARTIN’S have a long-standing commitment to eradicate hunger and improve the quality of life for children in addition to working with hundreds of local organizations annually. The company was recognized for its leadership in the fight against hunger with the Golden Grocer Award by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. In addition, GIANT/MARTIN’S is one of the top ten fund-raisers in the country for local Children’s Miracle Network hospitals. GIANT and MARTIN’S are Ahold companies. For more information visit and Find us on Facebook at and