In Recognition of Hunger Action Month, Company to Volunteer, Present Donations Amount Raised to Help Provide More than 7.8 Million Meals

Carlisle, PA, September 10, 2019 – In recognition of National Hunger Action Month, GIANT Food Stores today announced that its customers generously raised $780,676 to support local hunger relief efforts during the bi-annual Bag Hunger campaign. The company’s signature Bag Hunger Campaign ran from August 25 through September 7 across all GIANT and MARTIN’S stores.

“Hunger is something communities and families face 365 days a year. As a company, we work year-round to eliminate hunger, but during National Hunger Action Month, our associates really step up their efforts to raising funds and awareness for this serious issue,” said John Ponnett, senior vice president of retail operations, GIANT Food Stores. “We are deeply grateful to our amazing customers who donate each year and bring us closer to our goal of eliminating hunger in the communities we serve.”

According to Feeding America® each dollar raised helps provide at least 10 meals, meaning that the funds raised during GIANT’S Bag Hunger campaign will fund more than 7.8 million meals. Funds raised during the campaign go to more than 100 hunger-relief partners, including food pantries across Pennsylvania, Maryland, Virginia and West Virginia. Major recipient food banks include Philabundance, Second Harvest Food Bank, Central Pennsylvania Food Bank, York County Food Bank, State College Food Bank, ProJeCt of Easton, Maryland Food Bank, and Blue Ridge Area Food Bank.

Throughout September, GIANT associates will volunteer and make donations at select food banks and pantries to celebrate the contributions. The Bag Hunger Campaign is only one of many ways that the company helps end hunger in the communities it serves. Visit the GIANT or MARTIN’S websites to learn more about the Company’s hunger relief programs.

“Year after year, we anticipate GIANT’S customers’ generous donations that help fund our efforts to provide nutritious food to the people we serve,” said Karen Ratzlaff, chief philanthropy officer, Blue Ridge Area Food Bank. “And it comes at just the right time as we prepare for the holiday season.”

Since 2008, GIANT’S Bag Hunger fundraising campaigns have raised more than $12 million.


About GIANT Food Stores, LLC
Founded in 1923 in Carlisle, Pa., GIANT Food Stores is passionate about connecting families and creating healthier communities. As an omni-channel retailer, GIANT proudly serves millions of neighbors across Pennsylvania, Maryland, Virginia and West Virginia. With more than 32,000 talented associates supporting over 180 stores, 132 pharmacies, 102 fuel stations, over 100 online pickup hubs and grocery delivery service in hundreds of zip codes, GIANT is changing the customer experience and creating an impact in local communities for a better future. The GIANT Food Stores family of brands includes GIANT, MARTIN'S Food Markets, GIANT Heirloom Market, GIANT DIRECT and MARTIN’S DIRECT, Powered by Peapod. GIANT Food Stores is a company of Ahold Delhaize USA. For more information, visit the GIANT or MARTIN'S websites.

Ashley Flower
GIANT Food Stores
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