Giant Food donates $2 million to local schools through its A+ School Rewards program

A+ School Rewards Support School Programs and Enrichment Activities

Landover, Md., 2015-5-19 — /EPR Retail News/ — Giant Food of Landover, Md. announced today a $2 million donation to 1,968 public and private schools in Maryland, Virginia, Washington, D.C., and Delaware as a result of its 2014-2015 A+ School Rewards program. Through the A+ School Rewards program, purchases made by Giant shoppers help provide funding to area schools.

“The A+ Rewards program is a key initiative in fulfilling our commitment to improving the lives of the thousands of children across the areas we serve,” said Gordon Reid, president, Giant Food of Landover, Md. “From adding new technology in classrooms to enhancing extracurricular programs, each year we are proud to see how our program directly impacts local schools and helps positively shape tomorrow’s leaders.”

In the fall, Giant customers can sign up and designate up to two schools to benefit from their purchases. A+ School Rewards points accrue with each purchase made using a Giant Card and are credited to the designated school’s account. Since launching the program in 1989, Giant has donated more than $92 million to local schools throughout the communities it serves. There is no limit to what schools can do with their A+ School Rewards, including earning funds for technology, scholarships, school programs, field trips, playgrounds, and other educational needs the schools choose.

Mater Dei School of Bethesda, Md. received $25,983.53, the program’s largest award this year.

“I can’t express fully how happy we are at Mater Dei School to be the top earning school and how grateful we are to Giant Food for making this all possible,” said Billy McMurtrie, Mater Dei School headmaster. “With the award, we will be transforming our library into a digital classroom, complete with Smartboards and 22 laptop computers.”

The ten schools receiving the largest awards from the 2014-2015 A+ School Rewards program are:

School Location Amount
Mater Dei School Bethesda, Md. $25,983
McLean High School McLean, Va. $19,945
Folger McKinsey Elementary School Severna Park, Md. $15,923
Herbert Hoover Middle School Potomac, Md. $15,820
Winston Churchill Senior High School Potomac, Md. $14,862
Bodkin Elementary School Pasadena, Md. $14,860
Langley High School McLean, Va. $13,543
Bethesda-Chevy Chase High School Bethesda, Md. $12,485
Severna Park Senior High School Severna Park, Md. $12,332
Freedom Hill Elementary School Vienna, Va. $11,194


To learn more about A+ School Rewards and for a complete list of participating schools, please visit program/aplus/

About Giant Food
Giant Food LLC, headquartered in Landover, Md., operates 168 supermarkets in Virginia, Maryland, Delaware, and the District of Columbia, and employs approximately 20,000 associates. Included within the 168 stores are 159 full- service pharmacies. Giant opened the first supermarket in the nation’s capital on February 6, 1936. Giving back to the community is a cornerstone that was instilled by the founders more than 79 years ago. The company’s core areas of giving include hunger, education, health and wellness, and supporting service members and military families. In 2014, Giant’s monetary and in-kind contributions exceeded $14.9 million, and the nation’s capital grocer helped partners provide more than 88 million meals. For more information on Giant, visit

Jamie Miller
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