More than $729,000 donated during Candles for Kids fundraising campaign

CARLISLE, Pa., Dec. 18, 2018 – GIANT Food Stores announced today that a total of $729,173 was generously donated to Children’s Miracle Network (CMN) Hospitals by its customers during the company’s recent Candles for Kids fundraising campaign. The annual campaign ran in over 170 GIANT Foods Stores and MARTIN’S Food Markets from Nov. 11 to Nov. 24.

“Once again, GIANT and MARTIN’s customers have helped give the gift of hope and healing to the children in our communities who need it most and we could not be more thankful for their generosity,” said John Ponnett, senior vice president of retail operations, GIANT Food Stores. “I’d also like to thank our associates, who are always fired up to support CMN Hospitals, not just during the holiday season but all year, ensuring kids in need get the best care possible.”

Funds from the Candles for Kids fundraising campaign benefit the following local CMN Hospitals: The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, Penn State Children’s Hospital in Hershey, Pa., Geisinger Janet Weis Children’s Hospital in Danville, Pa., Children’s National Medical Center in Washington D.C., University of Virginia Children’s Hospital in Charlottesville, Va., Johns Hopkins Children’s Center in Baltimore, and Pittsburgh Children’s Hospital.

“On behalf of Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals, I want to sincerely thank GIANT/MARTIN’S customers and team members for the dedication and support of this year’s holiday Candles for Kids campaign,” said Clark Sweat, chief revenue officer, Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals. “The total raised in 2018 is an incredible accomplishment and a testament to the work GIANT/MARTIN’S teams do every day in support of sick and injured kids in their communities.”

GIANT Food Stores is one of the top 15 corporate sponsors in the country for CMN Hospitals. Combined with the grocer’s in-store Miracle balloon campaign conducted earlier this year, customers raised more than $1.4 million for local CMN Hospitals in 2018. In addition, this year, the company also provided funding for the following projects and programs, including 3D printing and modeling for congenital heart disease at Penn State Children’s Hospital, construction of the Buerger Center for Advanced Pediatric Care at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, and the Child Advocacy Center at Geisinger Janet Weis Children’s Hospital.

CMN Hospitals, the alliance of premier hospitals for children, is a non-profit organization dedicated to saving and improving the lives of children by raising funds for children’s hospitals across North America.


About GIANT Food Stores, LLC
GIANT Food Stores, LLC has more than 170 neighborhood stores and offers home delivery, online/mobile ordering, fuel centers, pharmacies, plus in-store nutritionists. Serving families in Pennsylvania, Maryland, Virginia and West Virginia, GIANT Food Stores is proud to employ nearly 30,000 associates who believe in giving back to their community. The GIANT Family of Brands includes GIANT, MARTIN'S Food Markets and Peapod by GIANT. Founded in 1923 in Carlisle, Pennsylvania, GIANT Food Stores is a company of Ahold Delhaize. For more information visit the GIANT or MARTIN'S websites.

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