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GIANT FOOD STORES HONORED AS ONE OF PHILADELPHIA BUSINESS JOURNAL’S 2019 FACES OF PHILANTHROPY
GIANT’s ongoing commitment to Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia recognized among area companies and organizations
Carlisle, PA (April 11, 2019) – GIANT Food Stores was honored today as one of Philadelphia Business Journal’s 2019 Faces of Philanthropy, awarded in recognition of the company’s funding of Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia’s Healthy Weight Food Pharmacy.
Representatives of GIANT and Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia were presented with the award at a ceremony held earlier today at The Crystal Tea Room in Philadelphia.
“As a longtime partner of Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia and a grocer committed to fighting hunger in the communities we serve, the decision to support the Healthy Weight Food Pharmacy was an easy one,” says Nicholas Bertram, President, GIANT Food Stores. “GIANT is proud to have partnered with CHOP to bring this innovative program to life and it’s an honor for our collective efforts to be recognized by the Philadelphia Buiness Journal.”
The Healthy Weight Food Pharmacy -- led by Dr. Saba Khan, an attending physician with the Healthy Weight Program at CHOP and director of the Food Pharmacy -- launched in October 2018 in response to food insecurity and the shortage of adequate nutrition estimated to affect one in five Philadelphians. It is one of the first pediatric hospital-based hunger relief programs of its kind in the country, a place where families can come for a free three-day supply of food, including fresh produce and canned goods. Families can also be connected to community food resources and nutrition education, and are eligible for more food if needed.
Over the past 22 years, GIANT has contributed over $18 million to various Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia initiatives, including $5 million toward the construction of the hospital’s state-of-the-art Buerger Center for Advanced Pediatric Care.
About GIANT Food Stores, LLC
GIANT Food Stores, LLC has more than 170 neighborhood stores and offers home delivery, online/mobile ordering, fuel centers, pharmacies, plus in-store nutritionists. Serving families in Pennsylvania, Maryland, Virginia and West Virginia, GIANT Food Stores is proud to employ nearly 30,000 associates who believe in giving back to their community. The GIANT Family of Brands includes GIANT, MARTIN'S Food Markets, and GIANT Heirloom Market. Founded in 1923 in Carlisle, Pennsylvania, GIANT Food Stores is a company of Ahold Delhaize. For more information visit the GIANT or MARTIN'S websites.