press release

July 17, 2013

Christopher Brand
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Carlisle, PA – As part of its commitment to providing health and wellness resources to its many communities, GIANT Food Stores and MARTIN’S Food Markets have updated and expanded their popular Passport to Nutrition program. First introduced in 2010, Passport to Nutrition is a fun, interactive program that provides the necessary tools to educate kids on nutrition and living healthy lifestyles both at home and at school.

“GIANT/MARTIN’s is committed to offering customers a variety of resources to help them make healthier choices while shopping,” said Sarah Glunz, GIANT/MARTIN’S nutritionist. “Passport to Nutrition is a fun, hands-on approach to make the topic of healthy eating exciting for kids. The free kit includes a robust set of materials covering such topics as food labels, portion control and hydration.”

Geared to children ages 8-12, GIANT/MARTIN’S free Passport to Nutrition kit now features student workbooks and a teacher guide that provide lessons which inspire kids to make small changes every day for better health, including how to build a balanced plate using the new MyPlate guidelines, how to read food labels, and understand portion sizes. Posters illustrating MyPlate and food labels are also included to visually reinforce lessons learned. The Passport to Nutrition kit also includes a DVD featuring challenges, kid-friendly songs, and games which can be adapted for classroom use. Previously, Passport to Nutrition was accessible only from the company website.

Passport to Nutrition was developed with the help of GIANT/MARTIN’S in-store nutritionists. GIANT/MARTIN’S is one of the few grocery store chains in the country to offer the services of a nutritionist right in the store and currently has five in-store nutritionists available in stores across its market area.

If interested in obtaining a complete Passport to Nutrition kit, teachers and organizational leaders can email a request to [email protected].


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