Giant Food Stores and Martin's Food Market's Contribute Big with $632,620 Campaign
- by Laura Hillen
CARLISLE, PA – Giant Food Stores and Martin’s Food Markets’ have announced a big monetary investment in the fight against hunger in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Virginia, and Maryland. During last month’s Bag Hunger campaign, Giant/Martin’s donated $632,620 to support local and regional food banks.
“We believe that everyone should have access to healthy, safe and nutritious food,” said Tom Lenkevich, Giant/Martin’s President, in a recent press release. “Our customers have also generously embraced this mission, and thanks to their ongoing support we are helping our regional food banks and local pantries feed our neighbors in need every day.”
Major recipients of the Bag Hunger campaign, include the following:
- Central Pennsylvania Food Bank
- Second Harvest Food Bank of the Lehigh Valley region
- FeedMore - Central Virginia Food Bank
- Greater Berks County Food Bank
- Water Street Rescue Mission in Lancaster, PA
- Maryland Food Bank – Western Branch
- The Blue Ridge Area Food Bank in Virginia
In 2015, the company said that $12.3 million was donated to approximately 100 total hunger relief agencies throughout the year. These donations were in part realized through the company’s Meat the Needs program, which delivered over one million pounds of safe, nutritious meats to families in need.
Giant/Martin’s said that it plans to hold a second Bag Hunger campaign in September for Hunger Action Month, and will secure more donation funds through customer, vendor, and corporate support.
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