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GIANT JOINS PARTNERS TO ELEVATE GREEN EFFORTS FOR EARTH DAY
Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful, Friends of Johnston, and Friends of the Schuylkill River Park join GIANT Associates in Communities to Protect Planet
Carlisle, PA (April 22, 2019) – As part of its strategic and long-term effort to reduce its environmental footprint, GIANT Food Stores is joining with community partners to protect the planet in celebration of Earth Day.
“Earth Day happens in our stores every day. Our Green Captains and our store teams focus on diverting organic waste from landfills, but we are also helping the local communities we serve by increasing donations of safe consumable food,” said Manuel Haro, vice president of strategy, GIANT Food Stores. “On Earth Day and every day, GIANT wants to make sure we are staying true to our promise and helping to ensure a healthy planet for future generations.”
Recently recognized by the United States Environmental Protection Agency for its food recovery achievements and sustainable business practices, GIANT is mobilizing its associates while forming community partnerships to elevate its earth-friendly practices for Earth Day, including these events and programs:
Joins Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful and Friends of Johnston to Plant More than 200 Trees
On Friday, April 26, a team of more than 40 GIANT associates will join Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful and The Friends of Johnston, Inc. to beautify the first mayor of Bethlehem’s iconic estate. Together the groups will plant more than 200 trees, shrubs, native flowers and willows. GIANT fuel customers provided the greenery through participation in the company’s “You Pump. We Plant.” Reduced Emissions Program developed with GreenPrint.
The event will take place from 8:30 a.m. -11:30 a.m. at Camel’s Hump Farm located at 1311 Santee Mill Road in Bethlehem, Pa. The group will work together on several restoration projects on the property including: planting native flowers and willows, laying walkways, mulching, creating a natural play area including a rope suspension bridge, painting picnic tables, labeling flowers, making hypertufa pots and putting up deer fencing.
Partners with Friends of Schuylkill River Park
Today in Philadelphia, associates of GIANT’S first GIANT Heirloom Market store are also partnering with the Friends of Schuylkill River Park (FSRP) to celebrate Earth Day. GIANT Heirloom Market associates will plant a tree at Schuylkill River Park. The company will also make a $500 donation to FSRP’s Pennsylvania Horticultural Society (PHS) Tree Tenders program.
Introduces New Reusable Bag with a Community Twist
Last month, GIANT launched a brand-new program, Bags 4 My Cause, as another way for the company and its customers to help local nonprofits and the environment. Each time a customer purchases a Bags 4 My Cause reusable shopping bag with a giving tag, they’ll have the power to direct a $1 donation to a local nonprofit of their choice. Currently, more than 3,500 nonprofit organizations are participating and more than $31,000 has been donated by GIANT and MARTIN’S customers. To learn more about GIANT’S Bags 4 My Cause program, visit www.giant.bags4mycause.com.
Bags to Benches Program Reminds Customers to Recycle
In celebration of Earth Day, GIANT continued its tradition of donating park benches to community organizations as part of its “Bags to Benches” program. The company is donating 50 benches to local fire departments, churches, schools, townships, parks, playgrounds and libraries to help beautify the communities in which it operates. GIANT customers are encouraged to return unused plastic bags to their local store to be recycled. It takes over 10,000 plastic bags to make one park bench. Since 1997, a grand total of 1,700 benches have been donated.
Leading the charge to minimize the company’s impact on the planet, GIANT is committed to being an environmental steward and responsible retailer. To shine a light on GIANT’S sustainability efforts, today, the company launched a special Earth Day video on its YouTube Channel. For additional information on the company’s sustainability efforts, visit the GIANT website to learn more.
About GIANT Food Stores, LLC
Founded in 1923 in Carlisle, Pennsylvania, GIANT Food Stores is passionate about building strong families and healthy communities. With a customer-centric approach in all it does, GIANT serves millions of families across Pennsylvania, Maryland, Virginia and West Virginia through its nearly 180 neighborhood stores, 132 pharmacies, 99 fuel stations and its online grocery ordering and delivery services. GIANT Food Stores is proud to employ more than 30,000 associates who believe in giving back to their community and over the last five years, GIANT, with the help of its customers and vendor partners, has proudly donated more than $100 million to local nonprofits.The GIANT Family of Brands includes GIANT, MARTIN'S Food Markets, GIANT Heirloom Market, and GIANT DIRECT, Powered by Peapod. GIANT Food Stores is a company of Ahold Delhaize USA. For more information visit the GIANT or MARTIN'S websites.
Founded by a team of loyalty and rewards experts, GreenPrint created the first reduced emissions programs – enabling companies to enhance their existing offerings on a per transaction basis. Today the company reduces emissions on over 1 billion gallons of fuel annually across thousands of retail locations and 100,000 corporate and municipal fleets in 13 countries. GreenPrint has built relationships with more than 2,000 nonprofits across the world and makes investments in over 20 certified carbon offset and renewable energy projects on behalf of clients.
About The Friends of Johnston, Inc. The Friends of Johnston is an all-volunteer charitable nonprofit formed in 2015 and dedicated to the preservation, restoration and sustainable adaptive reuse of the Estate of the first Mayor of Bethlehem, Archibald Johnston, to meet the needs of our community. We are currently restoring the historic farmstead as a Community Center for Nature Education, Wellness and the Arts and community garden and are retiring 44 acres of land for habitat and trails. Learn more at www.thefriendsofjohnston.org.
About Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful’s mission is empowering Pennsylvanians to make our communities clean and beautiful. Since 1990, Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful and its volunteers have removed over 133 million pounds of litter from Pennsylvania’s roadways, greenways, parks, forests, and waterways. To learn more about Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful, visit www.keeppabeautiful.org.