press release

October 14, 2016

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‘Bag Hunger’ funds raised in annual fall campaign

Carlisle, PA - GIANT Food Stores and MARTIN’S Food Markets’ customers donated $588,075 during the annual Bag Hunger campaign, held during September in all stores, to support local and regional food banks in four states. This is the second Bag Hunger campaign GIANT/MARTIN’S conducted for hunger relief efforts this year.

“GIANT/MARTIN’S remains committed to the fight against hunger by supporting our local food banks and pantries in their ongoing mission to help feed our neighbors,” said Tom Lenkevich, GIANT/MARTIN’S president. “I want to thank all of our generous customers and associates who make our Bag Hunger campaigns so successful.”

Major recipient food banks include the Central Pennsylvania Food Bank, Philabundance, Second Harvest Food Bank of Lehigh Valley, FeedMore - Central Virginia Food Bank, Greater Berks County Food Bank, Water Street Rescue Mission in Lancaster, Maryland Food Bank – Western Branch and the Blue Ridge Area Food Bank in Virginia.

In 2015 GIANT/MARTIN’S donated $12.3 million to approximately 100 hunger relief agencies through customer, vendor and corporate support. Part of that effort included its signature Meat the Needs program which delivered more than one million pounds of safe, nutritious and much needed meat to regional food banks and pantries for families in need. To learn more about GIANT/MARTIN’S hunger relief programs, go to


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.