Grocery chain donates to several food banks

Giant Food Stores and Martin’s Food Markets’ customers donated $588,075 during the annual Bag Hunger campaign, held during September in all stores, to support local and regional food banks in four states, a news release said. This is the second Bag Hunger campaign the chain of grocery stores conducted for hunger relief efforts this year.

“Giant/Martin’s remains committed to the fight against hunger by supporting our local food banks and pantries in their ongoing mission to help feed our neighbors,” said Tom Lenkevich, president of Giant and Martin’s. “I want to thank all of our generous customers and associates who make our Bag Hunger campaigns so successful.”

Major recipient food banks, the news release said, include the Central Pennsylvania Food Bank, Philabundance, Second Harvest Food Bank of Lehigh Valley, FeedMore – Central Virginia Food Bank, Greater Berks County Food Bank, Water Street Rescue Mission in Lancaster, Maryland Food Bank – Western Branch and the Blue Ridge Area Food Bank in Virginia.

In 2015 Giant and Martin’s donated $12.3 million to about 100 hunger relief agencies through customer, vendor and corporate support. Part of that effort included its signature Meat the Needs program which delivered more than one million pounds of safe, nutritious and much needed meat to regional food banks and pantries for families in need. To learn more about Giant and Martin’s hunger relief programs, go to