press release

November 12, 2015

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SECOND HARVEST FOOD BANK RECEIVES 225 TURKEYS AND $1,500 FROM GIANT FOOD STORES’ FEEDING OUR NEIGHBORS EVERYDAY CAMPAIGN Nearly $90,000 in turkeys and cash donated in three states

Carlisle, PA – GIANT Food Stores’ “Feeding Our Neighbors Every day” holiday campaign supported Second Harvest Food Bank of the Lehigh Valley and Northeast Pennsylvania’s annual turkey drive with 225 turkeys and $1,500 to the food bank to use to purchase food when it needs it most, after the holidays.

“While food banks receive increased donations during the holiday season, these donations tend to slow down early in the New Year, even though the need doesn’t,” said Tom Lenkevich, GIANT president. “Feeding our neighbors every day is part of GIANT’s mission, but we can’t do it alone, and we need your help to end hunger in the Lehigh Valley.”

“Our year-round partnership with GIANT is an essential part of the way that we work to feed more than 65,000 people throughout the Lehigh Valley and Northeast Pennsylvania every month,” said Paul Lynch, director of Second Harvest Food Bank. “It’s also wonderful during the holiday season to bring these special foods and maybe some joy to families in need.”

According to Second Harvest Food Bank, the donation of 225 turkeys can help feed nearly 1,000 people.

As part of GIANT’s Feeding Our Neighbors holiday campaign, nearly $90,000 in turkeys and cash were donated to eight regional food banks and local hunger organizations throughout three states.

In addition to Second Harvest Food Bank, Central Pennsylvania Food Bank, Philabundance, FeedMore – Central Virginia Food Bank, Blue Ridge Area Food Bank, Greater Berks Food Bank, Maryland Food Bank – Western Branch and Lancaster County Council of Churches will receive donations.

GIANT shoppers can help by donating their Free Turkey Extra Reward certificates at the register to Second Harvest Food Bank. Customers who earned 400 extra reward points through Nov. 12 are eligible for the Free Turkey Extra Reward certificate which can be donated now through Nov. 25.

About GIANT/MARTIN’S

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.