press release

April 29, 2016

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‘Bag Hunger’ funds raised in annual spring campaign

Carlisle, PA. (April 29, 2016) - GIANT Food Stores and MARTIN'S Food Markets' customers donated $632,620 during the annual Bag Hunger campaign, held last month to support local and regional food banks in four states.

As part of its ongoing better neighbor efforts, GIANT/MARTIN'S is committed to supporting the communities that it serves and especially the fight against hunger. 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.

"We believe that everyone should have access to healthy, safe and nutritious food," said Tom Lenkevich, GIANT/MARTIN'S president. "Our customers have also generously embraced this mission, and thanks to their ongoing support we are helping our regional food banks and local pantries feed our neighbors in need every day."

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. GIANT/MARTIN'S will conduct a second Bag Hunger campaign during September’s Hunger Action Month.

To learn more about GIANT/MARTIN'S hunger relief programs, go


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.