FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
GIANT’S BAG HUNGER CAMPAIGN SMASHES FUNDRAISING RECORD
Company Thanks Customers Who Donate Almost $800,000 To Fight Hunger
Carlisle, PA (March 18, 2019) – Customers at GIANT Food Stores and MARTIN’S Food Markets generously donated a record‐breaking $794,037 to support local hunger relief efforts during the biannual Bag Hunger campaign. The company’s signature Bag Hunger Campaign ran from February 24 through March 9 across all 172 GIANT and MARTIN’S stores.
“At GIANT, we believe everyone belongs at the table and no one should go hungry. We thank our customers for their generosity but also for embracing our mission to fight hunger,” said John Ponnett, senior vice president of store operations, GIANT Food Stores. “The astounding results of this year’s Bag Hunger campaign shows that when we join hands with our customers, we really can change the world for the better.”
Funds raised during the campaign go to more than 100 food pantries across Pennsylvania, Maryland, Virgina and West Virginia. Major recipient food banks include Central Pennsylvania Food Bank, Philabundance, Second Harvest Food Bank, Maryland Food Bank, and Blue Ridge Area Food Bank. Since 2008, GIANT’s Bag Hunger fundraising campaigns have raised more than $12.3 million.
"GIANT Food Stores has been a wonderful partner to us over the years, regularly committing to raising funds on our behalf and bringing attention to the issue of hunger in Maryland,” said Frank Ducey, Maryland Food Bank – Western Branch regional programs director. “We appreciate their efforts and are grateful to their big‐hearted customers for their generosity. The donations from this year’s Bag Hunger campaign will go a long way in helping us provide even more nutritious foods to people in need across the state.”
Throughout March, select food banks and pantries will join GIANT associates within stores to celebrate. The Bag Hunger Campaign is only one of many ways that the company is helping to end hunger in the communities it serves. Visit the GIANT or MARTIN’S websites to learn more about the Company’s hunger relief programs.
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.