Grocery chains donate to veterans’ programs

Customers and associates at Giant Food Stores and Martin’s Food Markets recently showed their support for local men and women serving in the armed forces by donating $560,194 through the store’s annual Support Our Troops campaign, according to a news release.

Since the inception of Support Our Troops in 2005, Giant and Martin’s customers and associates have donated more than $3 million to benefit regional USOs and the Wounded Warrior Project.

“Giant/Martin’s is grateful for the service and sacrifice of our Veterans and active soldiers, and we will continue to do all we can to be a better neighbor to them and their loved ones,” said Tom Lenkevich, president. “We are proud to provide this annual donation and to continue our partnership with much-needed organizations like our regional USOs and the Wounded Warrior Project. It’s our way of saying thanks for all that these men and women have done for us.”

Held May 4 through May 17, customers could donate $1 at the checkout to benefit their regional USO chapter and the Wounded Warrior Project, the news release said. Regional USOs are dedicated to programs that build morale and keep soldiers connected to their families. The Wounded Warrior Project enlists the public’s aid for the needs of severely injured service members, helps severely injured men and women aid and assist each other, and provides unique, direct programs and services to meet their needs.

Headquartered in Carlisle, 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. For more information visit