press release

November 16, 2015

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MARYLAND FOOD BANK – WESTERN BRANCH RECEIVES 225 TURKEYS AND $1,500 FROM MARTIN’S FOOD MARKETS’ FEEDING OUR NEIGHBORS EVERY DAY CAMPAIGN Nearly $90,000 in turkeys and cash donated in three states

Carlisle, PA – MARTIN’S Food Markets’ “Feeding Our Neighbors Every day” holiday campaign supported the Maryland Food Bank – Western Branch with a donation of 225 turkeys and $1,500 to purchase food when the food bank 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, MARTIN’S president. “Feeding our neighbors every day is part of MARTIN’S mission, but we can’t do it alone, and we need your help to end hunger in Hagerstown and surrounding communities.”

“We can’t thank MARTIN’S enough for their generous donation of both turkeys and funds,” said Amy Rupp, Maryland Food Bank – Western Branch managing director. “These turkeys will go a long way in providing a happy holiday to 225 families in Western Maryland, and the additional funds will help us reach even more Marylanders during this critical time of year.”

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

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

MARTIN’S shoppers can help by donating their Free Turkey Extra Reward certificates at the register to Maryland Food Bank – Western Branch. 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.

About Maryland Food Bank

The Maryland Food Bank is a nonprofit hunger-relief organization, leading the movement to end hunger throughout Maryland. For more than 35 years, the Maryland Food Bank has partnered with communities across the state to distribute food to individuals and families in need. Through carefully-crafted programs, the food bank aims to meet the immediate needs of Marylanders while simultaneously working to find long term ways to reduce hunger statewide. In the last year, more than 120,000 meals per day - over 44 million meals annually – were distributed by the Maryland Food Bank. To learn more, visit mdfoodbank.org.