press release

November 24, 2014

Christopher Brand
[email protected]


Carlisle, PA – GIANT Food Stores and Lancaster County Council of Churches partnered to challenge the Lancaster community to donate $25,000 to the Council during the “Extraordinary Give” event held on November 21. Lancaster County Council of Churches raised over $41,000 during the “Extraordinary Give”. Today, GIANT donated 250 turkeys to the Lancaster Council of Churches to fulfill the pledge at their Lititz Pike location.

In a variety of ways, the Lancaster County Council of Churches’ emergency food bank distributes food to low-income families, seniors and homebound individuals with limited fixed income. About 20% of the people fed are seniors and 30% are children.

Reverend Scott Fischer, executive director of Lancaster County Council of Churches states, “It’s a beautiful thing when people work together to help their neighbors in need. We applaud GIANT Food Stores for their commitment to give back to the community. Because of their generosity the Lancaster County Council of Churches will be able to provide a true Thanksgiving to an additional 250 of Lancaster County’s most food insecure families.” These families will receive not only a turkey but a large box of traditional thanksgiving foods and fixings.

“The fight against hunger occurs year round for far too many in our local communities and we were proud to support the Lancaster County Council of Churches during the Extraordinary Give event,” said Chris Brand, manager of community and public relations, GIANT Food Stores. “In the spirit of giving this holiday season, we hope this donation jump-starts other donations to Lancaster County Council of Churches.”

As a grocer, GIANT is committed to fighting hunger across its operating area, including partnering with approximately 100 regional food banks and local pantries. To date this year, GIANT customers, associates and vendor partners have donated more than $7 million in product and funds towards local hunger relief efforts.


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 and on Twitter @GiantFoodStores or @MartinsFoodMkts.