Giant Food of Landover, Md. and the USO of Metropolitan Washington-Baltimore kicked off their 5th annual in-store giving campaign to support military families

Organizations Partner for a Fifth Year Supporting Military Families

Landover, Md., 2015-3-9 — /EPR Retail News/ — Today, Giant Food of Landover, Md. and the USO of Metropolitan Washington-Baltimore kicked off their fifth annual in-store giving campaign to support members of the military and their families. Throughout the month of March, all 169 Giant stores will sell CareOne Care Packages for service members and their families, and customers will also have the opportunity to donate $1 at the register to help support USO-Metro programs.

The CareOne Packages will contain a Giant brand nutrition bar, pretzel bar, drink sticks, fruit snacks, bottled water, and CareOne hand sanitizer. This year, Giant will also provide stickers on which customers can personalize the packages with their names to let recipients know who donated their snack packs.

“Last year, our March giving campaign resulted in a donation of $100,000 to the USO and 17,000 care packages for military service members and their families,” said Jamie Miller, Manager of Public and Community Relations for Giant Food of Landover, Md. “We are proud to continue our support for service members, as well as our partnership with USO of Metropolitan Washington-Baltimore—a true leader in our community. This year, we are aiming to surpass this goal, with help from our customers.”

“All of us at USO-Metro are so touched by the amazing support of Giant and their employees,” said Elaine Rogers, President and CEO of the USO of Metropolitan Washington-Baltimore. “Giant’s CareOne Packages are a huge hit, especially among the thousands of traveling troops who take refuge at our USO Airport Lounges when their flights are delayed due to bad weather like we’ve experienced this week. These amazing healthy snack packs clearly demonstrate the enormous support of the American people and companies including Giant for our nation’s troops and their families.”

At the end of the campaign, USO-Metro will distribute Snack Packs to service members and their families across the Mid-Atlantic region.

About Giant Food
Giant Food LLC, headquartered in Landover, Md., operates 169 supermarkets in Virginia, Maryland, Delaware, and the District of Columbia, and employs approximately 20,000 associates. Included within the 169 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 2013, Giant’s monetary and in-kind contributions exceeded $13 million, and the nation’s capital grocer helped partners provide 64.6 million meals. For more information on Giant, visit www.giantfood.com.

About USO of Metropolitan Washington
USO-Metro is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization chartered by Congress, and dedicated to “Serving those who serve, and their families” in Washington D.C., Maryland and Northern Virginia. It is through the generous financial support of individuals and organizations in the local community that USO-Metro is able to fulfill its mission. With the help of nearly 5,000 devoted volunteers, USO-Metro provides programs and services for active duty troops and their families at area military hospitals; through its Mobile USO program; at five USO Centers, four USO airport lounges and through Operation USO Care Package. For more information please visit www.usometro.org.

MEDIA CONTACTS:
Giant Food: Jamie Miller
(301) 341-8776; jmiller@giantfood.com
USO of Metropolitan Washington: Michelle Shortencarrier
(703) 696-4839; michelle@usometro.org

Giant Food recognized as 4-Star member of USO Metro’s 2014 Circle of Stars

Grocer Recognized at Annual Stars and Stripes Benefit for the Troops

Landover, Md., 2014-10-28— /EPR Retail News/ — Giant Food announced today that it was recognized for a fourth year in a row by USO of Metropolitan Washington-Baltimore’s Circle of Stars. Giant is being recognized this year as a 4-Star member of the Circle of Stars. The USO-Metro was founded to lift the spirits of America’s troops and their families living and traveling throughout the Washington-Baltimore region.

Giant Food is being recognized for its significant financial and in-kind contributions to USO-Metro, which helps to fund critical programs and services for troops and their families. Each year, Giant hosts an in-store giving campaign to support service men and women. During this campaign, customers are given the opportunity to purchase healthy Snack Packs for service members or make a monetary donation at checkout. During the March 2014 campaign, Giant raised $100,000 in cash donations and collected 17,000 Snack Packs, which were distributed to 10 USO-Metro Centers and Lounges located throughout the Washington-Baltimore region.

“Giant Food is a loyal long-time supporter of USO-Metro, our troops and their families,” said Elaine Rogers, President and CEO of USO-Metro. “The donations provided by the American people through Giant’s military appreciation campaign go a long way toward ensuring that USO-Metro can continue to provide services that have a direct impact on the lives of our troops and their families. The snack packs are a huge hit, especially among our military members traveling through local-area airports.”

Giant Food will be recognized at USO-Metro’s Annual Stars and Stripes Benefit for the Troops on October 24, 2014. Stars and Stripes is an annual event that brings together USO-Metro supporters, top executives from the local business community, and wounded heroes from local-area military hospitals.

“We’re delighted to receive this honor from the USO-Metro for the fourth time. The organization is a key community partner with a distinguished history of providing vital services and programs for troops and their families,” said Gordon Reid, president, Giant Food of Landover, Md. “As a company that employs many active service members across all levels of our organization, Giant has been, and will continue to be, a home for veterans.”

About Giant Food of Landover, Md.
Giant Food LLC, headquartered in Landover, Md., operates 169 supermarkets in Virginia, Maryland, Delaware, and the District of Columbia, and employs approximately 20,000 associates. Included within the 169 stores are 158 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 78 years ago. The company’s core areas of giving include hunger, education, health and wellness, and supporting service members and military families. In 2013, Giant’s monetary and in-kind contributions exceeded $13 million, and the nation’s capital grocer helped partners provide 64.6 million meals. For more information on Giant, visit www.giantfood.com.

About USO of Metropolitan Washington-Baltimore
USO-Metro is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization chartered by Congress, and dedicated to “serving those who serve, and their families” in Washington-Baltimore region. It is through the generous financial support of individuals and organizations in the local community that USO-Metro is able to fulfill its mission to “Lift the spirits of America’s troops and their families”. With the help of thousands of devoted volunteers, USO-Metro provides programs and services for active duty troops, their families, wounded, ill and injured service members and their caregivers through its Mobile USO program, six USO Centers, and four USO airport lounges. For more information please visit www.USOMetro.org or “like” us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter by searching USOMetroDC.

MEDIA CONTACT: Jamie Miller
(301) 341-8776
jmiller@giantfood.com