Grocery chains donate to regional food banks

Giant Food Stores and Martin’s Food Markets’ customers and associates generously donated $738,080 during the annual September in-store Bag Hunger campaign, which supports local and regional food banks in four states, a news release said.

“As a grocer, we are reminded of the daily challenges many face to feed themselves and their families,” said Tom Lenkevich, Giant/Martin’s president, according to the news release. “We are extremely grateful for everyone who donated to our Bag Hunger campaign to help support our local food banks and join the fight to end hunger in our communities.”

Major recipient food banks include the Central Pennsylvania Food Bank, Philabundance, Second Harvest Food Bank of Lehigh Valley, 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.

“We are grateful to Giant/Martin’s customers and associates for helping us ‘Bag’ hunger, an issue impacting 1 in 5 of our Philadelphia-area neighbors,” said Glenn Bergman, executive director of Philabundance. “Through donations collected in-store, Philabundance will be able to provide more than 100,000 meals to those facing hunger in the Delaware Valley.”

This year alone, Giant and Martin’s customer contributions for hunger relief efforts total more than $1.3 million. In 2016 Giant and Martin’s donated nearly $12 million to approximately 100 hunger relief agencies through customer, vendor and corporate support. Of the total hunger-related donations, safe consumable food donations such as frozen meat and bakery items are also donated. Visit the Giant or Martin’s website to learn more about the company’s hunger relief programs.

Giant/Martin’s is committed to helping its customers save money, save time and eat well. Founded in 1923 in Carlisle, Pennsylvania, Giant/Martin’s operates 170 grocery stores in Pennsylvania, Maryland, Virginia and West Virginia.