press release

December 19, 2016

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More than $41 million donated over past 20 years to help kids

Carlisle, PA. (December 19, 2016) - This holiday season, customers and associates at GIANT Food Stores and MARTIN'S Food Markets donated $656,349 through its annual Children's Miracle Network (CMN) Candles for Kids in-store campaign.

"For 20 years, we have been proud to partner with our customers, associates and vendors to raise more than $41 million for local CMN Hospitals," said Tom Lenkevich, GIANT/MARTIN'S president. "Combined with our CMN paper balloon campaign, our generous customers and associates donated more than $1.2 million at the checkout this year to support CMN in providing healthier futures for children in our local communities."

GIANT/MARTIN'S is one of the top 10 fundraisers in the country for CMN. In addition to the annual in-store campaigns during the summer and at the holidays, associates also regularly volunteer at CMN Hospital events, including radio and television telethons.

"We are thrilled that GIANT/MARTIN'S increased their fundraising during the annual Candle Campaign by 4% this year!" said John Lauck, president and CEO of Children's Miracle Network Hospitals. "Through GIANT/MARTIN'S dedication and generosity to the cause, their employees and customers are saving kids' lives. Thank you for making a tremendous impact on kids this holiday season by funding vital treatments, research, equipment and charity care each year."

CMN 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. The following CMN Hospitals in GIANT/MARTIN'S communities benefited from the Candles for Kids campaign: Penn State Hershey Children's Hospital, The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, The Janet Weis Children's Hospital at Geisinger, Children's National Medical Center, University of Virginia Children's Hospital, Pittsburgh Children's Hospital, Johns Hopkins Children's Center, and Children's Hospital of Richmond at VCU.


GIANT/MARTIN'S is committed to working every day to help its customers save money, save time and eat well. Founded in 1923 in Carlisle, Pennsylvania, GIANT/MARTIN'S 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 33,000 associates and is a division of Ahold USA. In addition to working with hundreds of local and regional organizations annually, GIANT/MARTIN'S has a long-standing focus on efforts to eradicate hunger and improve the quality of life for children. GIANT/MARTIN’S is one of the top ten fund-raisers in the country for local Children’s Miracle Network hospitals. The company was also recognized as 2015 Chain Retailer of the Year by Grocery Headquarters. For more information visit the GIANT or MARTIN'S websites. Find GIANT and MARTIN'S on Facebook and on Twitter @GiantFoodStores or @MartinsFoodMkts.