Customers and associates at Giant Food Stores and Martin’s Food Markets donated $631,473 during the annual in-store Bag Hunger campaign held in February and March in all stores to support local and regional food banks in four states.
“We are committed to the fight against hunger in our local communities,” Tom Lenkevich, Giant/Martin’s president, said in a press release. “Year after year our customers and associates give generously to help us diminish hunger and help local food banks and pantries feed our neighbors in need.”
According to partner food banks, one dollar is the equivalent of six meals. As a result of the Bag Hunger campaign, recipient food banks and pantries will be able to provide approximately 3.8 million healthy and nutritious meals.
To kick off the Bag Hunger Campaign, Giant donated $155,000 in gift cards to 31 food banks and pantries across 25 Giant/Martin’s stores in February as part of the “Giant” One Day Give.
Giant/Martin’s charitable donations made in 2016 totaled $25 million in combined cash and product contributions. More than 100 regional food banks and local pantries across four states received more than $12 million in product, customer, vendor and corporate donations.