The GIANT Company announced its consumers generously raised more than $1 million to support local hunger relief efforts in March. Shoppers donated the funds during the company’s signature Bag Hunger Campaign and by rounding up the dollar amount on purchases at self-checkout last month.
“Right now, food banks and pantries across the country are working around the clock to serve an increased number of families due to the COVID-19 pandemic, and the need is great,” said John Ponnett, SVP of retail operations, The GIANT Company. “These funds could not come at a more critical time, and on behalf of our more than 100 hunger relief partners and the entire GIANT Company, I thank our customers for their incredible generosity.”
According to Feeding America, each dollar raised helps provide at least 10 meals, meaning that the funds raised by The GIANT Company’s customers will fund more than 10 million meals. Funds raised during the campaign go to more than 100 hunger-relief partners, including food pantries across Pennsylvania, Maryland, Virginia and West Virginia. Major recipient food banks include Philabundance, Second Harvest Food Bank, Central Pennsylvania Food Bank, York County Food Bank, Helping Harvest Fresh Food Bank, State College Food Bank, ProJeCt of Easton, Maryland Food Bank and Blue Ridge Area Food Bank.
Since 2008, GIANT’S Bag Hunger fundraising campaigns have raised more than $12.7 million.
“GIANT customers care about their community. Customer contributions to Bag Hunger will make an impact in the lives of many families in need. We are very grateful to everyone at The GIANT Company for their support, which allows us to continue to provide food to more than 60,000 people each month,” said Briana McGonagle, development manager, Second Harvest Food Bank.
In addition, this week The GIANT Company will also donate 3,000 hams to its partner food banks to help feed those in need. The holiday donation, which is an annual tradition for the company and its team members, will benefit these food banks found here.