press release

October 9, 2012

Christopher Brand
[email protected]


Carlisle, PA – Customers at GIANT Food Stores and MARTIN’S Food Markets supported two major in-store efforts to fight hunger during September’s Hunger Action Month, donating $717,783. Through the grocers’ twice annual Bag Hunger in-store campaign, which ran September 2 – 15, customers had an opportunity to donate $1 at the checkout to benefit their local regional food banks and pantries donating $561,883. In addition, customers could also purchase a $10 hunger-relief box filled with Healthy Ideas brand items for a local food pantry or soup kitchen in their area. Contributions from these boxes totaled $155,900.

“Once again the overwhelming generosity of our customers at the checkout has provided thousands of nutritious meals for our neighbors,” said Rick Herring, president. “Our local food bank partners continue to report unprecedented demand, and we remain committed to finding innovative ways to end hunger for families in our communities.”

Recipient food banks include the Central Pennsylvania Food Bank, Philabundance, Second Harvest Food Bank of Lehigh Valley, Food Bank of Western Maryland, Greater Berks County Food Bank, Water Street Rescue Mission in Lancaster, Blue Ridge Area Food Bank in Virginia, plus many more.

In 2011, GIANT and MARTIN’S donated $6.9 million in product, customer, vendor and corporate donations to regional food banks and local pantries across Pennsylvania, Maryland, Virginia and West Virginia.


Headquartered 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 31,000 associates. Founded in 1923, GIANT and MARTIN’S have a long-standing commitment to eradicate hunger and improve the quality of life for children in addition to working with hundreds of local organizations annually. The company was recognized for its leadership in the fight against hunger with the Golden Grocer Award by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. In addition, GIANT/MARTIN’S is one of the top ten fund-raisers in the country for local Children’s Miracle Network hospitals. GIANT and MARTIN’S are Ahold companies. For more information visit and Find us on Facebook at and