press release

June 8, 2012

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

Carlisle, PA – In a show of support for the men and women who are bravely serving in the Armed Forces, customers at GIANT Food Stores and MARTIN’S Food Markets generously donated $450,423 through the stores’ annual Support Our Troops campaign. This year’s in-store fundraiser benefited regional USOs through the company’s operating area and the Wounded Warriors Project.

“On behalf of our regional USO partners and the Wounded Warriors Project, thank you to all of our customers and associates for their overwhelming support in helping to keep our nation’s heroes stay connected to their families and assisting those who were injured overcome obstacles,” said Rick Herring, president.

From May 6 through May 19, customers were invited to donate $1 at the checkout toward 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 $1.8 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.


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