press release

December 13, 2013

Christopher Brand
[email protected]


Carlisle, PA – During this season of giving, customers at GIANT Food Stores and MARTIN’S Food Markets showed their overwhelming generosity by donating $640,194 to local Children’s Miracle Network (CMN) hospitals in their communities during the grocers’ annual “Candles for Kids” in-store campaign. Conducted November 24 through December 7, GIANT/MARTIN’S customers were encouraged to purchase a paper candle at the checkout for $1 each, which were then displayed in the stores.

“GIANT/MARTIN’S is committed to being a better neighbor throughout the communities we serve, including helping our youngest residents fight for good health,” said Rick Herring, president. “Thank you to our customers and associates who once again made a donation at the checkout. Combined with our June paper balloon campaign, we are proud to have raised more than $1.1 million in 2013 for Children’s Miracle Network!”

GIANT/MARTIN’S has been a proud supporter of CMN Hospitals for 18 years, recently eclipsing the $30 million fundraising mark. Each year GIANT/MARTIN’S conducts balloon and candle paper icon campaigns in support of eight children’s hospitals in Pennsylvania, Maryland, Virginia, and West Virginia. In addition to in-store fundraising efforts, GIANT/MARTIN’S associates also regularly volunteer at CMN hospital events, including radio and television telethons.

Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals, the alliance of premier hospitals for children, is a non- profit organization dedicated to saving and improving the lives of children by raising funds for children’s hospitals across North America. CMN Hospitals are well-known for providing the finest medical care, life-saving research and preventative education to help millions of kids overcome diseases and injuries of every kind.


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