press release

May 3, 2012

Christopher Brand
[email protected]


Program has donated $13 million since 2005

Richmond, VA – Through its A+ School Rewards program, MARTIN’S Food Markets donated $3 million to 2,582 public and private schools for the 2011-2012 school year, including $131,307 in the greater Richmond community. Since the program launched in 2005, more than $13 million has been donated to local schools through participating markets.

MARTIN’S A+ School Rewards program allows local schools to earn cash for scholarships, technology, sports equipment, field trips and other educational needs. After customers had designated the school(s) of their choice, A+ School Rewards points accrued with each purchase made using a BonusCard from October 9, 2011 through March 31, 2012.

“The A+ School Rewards program addresses two very important missions to MARTIN’S - improving the quality of life for children and building healthy communities,” said Rick Herring, president. “Thank you to all of our customers who participated in this year’s program by registering and shopping with their BonusCard to help support educational needs and activities within our local schools.”

Mills E. Godwin High School in Richmond, VA was the top local school this year, earning $9,251. The other top earning schools included:

  • $3,626 – Grange Hall Elementary School in Moseley, VA
  • $3,111 – Longdale Elementary School in Norfolk Street, VA
  • $2,899 – WW Gordon Elementary School in Richmond, VA
  • $2,712 – Maggie L. Walker Governors School for Government and International Studies, Richmond, VA

For a complete listing of participating schools and the A+ School Rewards they have earned for the 2011-2012 school year, visit


Headquartered in Carlisle, Pennsylvania, GIANT/MARTIN’S is a leading retail grocer in Pennsylvania, Maryland, Virginia and West Virginia, operating under the names of GIANT Food Stores and MARTIN’S Food Markets and employing nearly 30,000 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. GIANT/MARTIN’S was recently awarded the Golden Grocer Award by the U.S. Department of Agriculture for its leadership in the fight against hunger. 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