press release

June 7, 2013

Christopher Brand
[email protected]


Regional USO organizations and Wounded Warriors Project benefit from annual in-store campaign

Carlisle, PA – Customers and associates at GIANT Food Stores and MARTIN’S Food Markets generously showed their support for men and women in the Armed Forces by donating $517,535 through the stores’ annual Support Our Troops campaign. The in-store fundraiser benefits regional USOs throughout the company’s operating area and the Wounded Warriors Project.

“Thanks to our customers and associates, we continue to assist the brave men and women who serve our country daily. Due to the outstanding work of our regional USOs and the Wounded Warrior Project, our troops are able to stay connected to their families and receive needed care if they are injured,” said Rick Herring, president.

From May 5 through May 18, customers were invited to donate $1 at the checkout towards the USO or the Wounded Warriors Project. Regional USOs are dedicated to programs that build morale and keep soldiers connected to their families. The Wounded Warriors Project enlists the public’s aid for the needs of severely injured service members, helps severely injured men and women aid and assist each other, and provides unique, direct programs and services to meet their needs.

Since the inception of Support Our Troops in 2005, GIANT and MARTIN’S customers have donated over $2.3 million. In addition to financial support, GIANT and MARTIN’S also reach out several times a year to the family members of associates who are serving overseas by sending care packages of toiletries, sweets, beverage mixes, soups and microwaveable meals.


Celebrating its 90th anniversary in 2013, GIANT/MARTIN’S, headquartered in Carlisle, Pennsylvania, 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