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Giant-Carlisle donates to Second Harvest of the Lehigh Valley as part of 90th-anniversary donation push

BY Alaric DeArment

CARLISLE, Pa. — Giant Food Stores is donating $9,000 to a local food bank to celebrate its 90 years in operation, the supermarket chain said.

Giant said it would expand its "Living Here, Giving Here" community support program by spending 90 days donating to local food banks, in this case to the Second Harvest Food Bank, providing hunger relief throughout the Lehigh Valley. The chain has donated more than $150 million in money and products to charitable causes since 2005.

"Since Giant as founded in 1923, our commitment to being a good neighbor has been unwavering," Giant president Rick Herring said. "We are proud to be a leader in the fight against hunger, raising millions of dollars and donating thousands of pounds of food for hunger relief throughout our 90-year history. No one in the communities we serve should go hungry, and we will continue to support Second Harvest Food Bank of the Lehigh Valley on future efforts to eradicate hunger."

Carlisle, Pa.-based Giant is owned by Ahold USA, which also owns Giant Food of Landover, Md., and Stop & Shop, as well as the Peapod online grocery service.

 

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Peapod opens new pickup locations in Mass., R.I.

BY Alaric DeArment

QUINCY, Mass. — Stop & Shop is launching nine new pickup locations in Massachusetts and Rhode Island as part of its partnership with online grocer and sister company Peapod.

The two retailers, owned by Carlisle, Pa.-based Ahold USA, said the new pickup spots would allow shoppers to order groceries online for easy pickup. The stores included are in Braintree, Mass.; Cohasset, Mass.; East Weymouth, Mass.; Harwich, Mass.; Milford, Mass.; North Attleboro, Mass.; Providence, R.I.; Pawtucket, R.I.; and Cranston, R.I.

"We’re very excited about the rapid expansion of our new pickup offering, which is now available in 27 locations in Massachusetts, Rhode Island and Connecticut," Stop & Shop New England Division president Joe Kelley said. "Customers love having the option of shopping any time, anywhere from their laptop or smartphone and then picking up their groceries at a time that fits their schedule. It takes less than five minutes, and they don’t even have to get out of their car."

Ahold USA also owns Giant Food Stores of Carlisle, Pa., and Giant Food of Landover, Md.


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FDA approves topical treatment for cutaneous lymphoma

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MALVERN, Pa. — The Food and Drug Administration approved a new drug made by Ceptaris Therapeutics for treating a type of lymphoma, the company said Monday.

Ceptaris announced the approval of Valchlor (mechlorethamine) gel for stage IA and IB mycosis fungoides-type cutaneous T-cell lymphoma, or CTCL, in patients who have previously received skin-directed therapy. The company said the drug was the only FDA-approved topical formulation of mechlorethamine, commonly known as nitrogen mustard. The drug, a chemotherapy agent, is applied to the skin once per day and dries in place. It was previously approved for intravenous treatment of the condition.

"This is good news for patients and the treatment community," Stanford University School of Medicine dermatology professor Youn Kim said. "We now have the confidence of an FDA-approved product backed by evidence from a well-controlled clinical trial that demonstrated clinically meaningful responses in the majority of patients with stage IA and IB mycosis fungoides-type cutaneous T-cell lymphoma who have received prior skin-directed therapy."


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