Grocery chains give to communities

Giant Food Stores and Martin’s Food Markets recently announced 2016 charitable donations totaling more than $25 million in cash and product contributions, a news release said. These donations, from customers, associates, vendors and corporate support, supported efforts to fight hunger, help kids and build healthier communities.

“As part of being a responsible retailer, we’re committed to doing everything we can to give back and help our neighbors in need,” said Tom Lenkevich, Giant/Martin’s president. “In fact, over the past five years, along with our customers, associates and vendors, we have proudly given back nearly $130 million to provide hunger relief, improve the quality of life for children and support local organizations in all of the communities we serve.”

Supporting efforts to fight hunger is a major focus of Giant and Martin’s community giving efforts. In 2016 donations to regional food banks and local pantries totaled nearly $12 million. Of the total hunger-related donations, safe consumable food donations such as frozen meat and bakery items are also donated. With its Meat the Needs program, Giant and Martin’s freeze wholesome meat that would otherwise go unsold and donates it to regional food bank partners. More than 5.8 million pounds of meat were provided to support those in need last year.

Customers, associates and vendor partners generously supported local Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals and the state-of-the-art medical care, life-saving research and preventative education these facilities provide. A total of $3.2 million was raised in 2016. In the past 20 years, Giant and Martin’s and its customers, associates and vendors have donated more than $40 million to local Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals, making them together one of the top 10 fundraisers in the country for Children’s Miracle Network.

“Giant/Martin’s celebrated its 20th year of fundraising with us and what a year it was,” said John Lauck, president and CEO, Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals. “We are grateful for Giant/Martin’s level of commitment.”