Updated: Jan 14
Giant Food, a local and regional grocery chain, announced its offer for shoppers to round-up their receipts for hungry neighbors provided over half a million dollars in funding. Also, the grocery chain made a donation this week of toilet paper and hand sanitizer valued at $2 million dollars to eleven local nonprofit organizations.
"At a time when so many retailers are understandably limiting the amount of hand sanitizer and paper products available for purchase, we are beyond grateful for Giant's generous donation of these items, which will help our statewide network of community partners remain open and operational while ensuring Marylanders can effectively minimize the spread of COVID-19," said Carmen Del Guercio, Maryland Food Bank President & CEO.
The recipients of the donations included Capital Area Food Bank, Maryland Food Bank, Food Bank of Delaware, Blue Ridge Area Food Bank, Fredericksburg Regional Food Bank, USO-Metro, Donate Delaware, US Dream Academy, Salvation Army, Johns Hopkins Hospital, and United Way.
Giant, in conjunction with shoppers through its "Lend a Hand for Hunger" Holiday Program also raised over $550,000.
The campaign gave customers an opportunity to get involved in supporting their neighbors during the holiday season by rounding up their change on their purchases to the nearest dollar amount at checkout.
That funding has been distributed to Giant's five area food bank partners – Capital Area Food Bank, Maryland Food Bank, Food Bank of Delaware, Fredericksburg Regional Food Bank and Blue Ridge Area Food Bank, all part of the Feeding America network.
Military families were also a beneficiary.
"We are especially grateful to be able to offer in-kind goods to our local military community who have been impacted by COVID-19," said Elaine Rogers, Chief Executive Office of the USO-Metro. "This donation could not have come at a better time, and we can't thank Giant Food enough for their longstanding partnership with our USO and their commitment to give back to our service members."
SOURCE: PR Newswire/Giant Food