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Giant Food Stores’ Bag Hunger campaign breaks its fundraising record

BY DSN STAFF

Shoppers at Giant Food Stores and Martin’s Food Markets did their part to help combat hunger.

The Carlisle, Pa.-based company announced that through its Bag Hunger campaign, it raised a record-breaking total of $794,037.

“At Giant, we believe everyone belongs at the table and no one should go hungry. We thank our customers for their generosity but also for embracing our mission to fight hunger,” John Ponnett, the senior vice president of store operations at Giant Food Stores, said. “The astounding results of this year’s Bag Hunger campaign shows that when we join hands with our customers, we really can change the world for the better.”

Funds raised through the campaign go to more than 100 food pantries across Pennsylvania, Maryland, Virginia and West Virginia. Major recipient food banks include the Central Pennsylvania Food Bank, Philabundance, Second Harvest Food Bank, Maryland Food Bank, and Blue Ridge Area Food Bank, the company said.

“Giant Food Stores has been a wonderful partner to us over the years, regularly committing to raising funds on our behalf and bringing attention to the issue of hunger in Maryland,” Frank Ducey, Maryland Food Bank – Western Branch regional programs director, said. “We appreciate their efforts and are grateful to their big-hearted customers for their generosity. The donations from this year’s Bag Hunger campaign will go a long way in helping us provide even more nutritious foods to people in need across the state.”

In addition, select food banks and pantries throughout March will join Giant’s associates within stores to celebrate.

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