Giant’s Our Family Foundation supports Y in Central Maryland’s “I am Moving, I am Learning” initiative with $100,000 grant

$100,000 grant supports Y’s I am Moving, I am Learning Initiative

Landover, Md., 2017-Jun-30 — /EPR Retail News/ — Giant Food of Landover, Md. today announced a $100,000 grant to the Y in Central Maryland through Giant’s Our Family Foundation. The grant will support the full implementation of Head Start’s “I am Moving, I am Learning” initiative which aims to proactively address the epidemic of childhood obesity through researchbased and developmentally-appropriate practices of physical activity and nutrition. Program implementation kicks off in September.

“For Giant, being a better neighbor is top of mind for all of our stores and all of our associates across our operating region,” said Gordon Reid, president of Giant of Landover, Md. “The Y In Central Maryland’s work has tremendous synergies with our business, including the navigation of a healthy lifestyle. To our team, it made sense to join forces with a strong organization like the Y in Central Maryland and broaden our reach in their community, empowering Central Maryland’s Head Start children and their families to make healthy choices they can use for a lifetime.”

Through the grant, the Y in Central Maryland will deploy the “I am Moving, I am Learning” initiative at 31 Y Head Start Centers using a phased approach to train teachers and engage parents in effective strategies with the goal of sustaining the program beyond the grant period. With this grant, the Y in Central Maryland will introduce the initiative to 1,694 children enrolled in the Y’s Head Start programs across Central Maryland offering the program to 40 classrooms.

“We are extremely grateful to Giant Food for their generous support of ‘I am Moving, I am Learning,’” said John Hoey, president and CEO of the Y in Central Maryland. “Their gift enables children and families at the lowest end of the income scale to learn about and adapt healthy patterns that can have long lasting impact. The significance of this investment by Giant Food cannot be overstated and we are deeply appreciative.”

Head Start’s “I am Moving, I am Learning” initiative is designed to have a generational impact on addressing problems of obesity in children living in poverty. The initiative focuses on the quantity of vigorous activity a child receives, the quality of those activities, and the importance of nutrition by bringing in new food and meal options. Funding from Giant’s Our Family Foundation will allow the Y in Central Maryland to hire a program coordinator to work with families, giving them the tools to implement program components at home.

Through its Our Family Foundation, Giant provides grants to initiatives that address hunger insecurity, improving the lives of children, and building healthy communities. To find out more about Giant’s commitment to being a better neighbor, visit www.giantfood.com/live-well/community/

About Giant Food, LLC
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 160 full-service pharmacies. Giant is owned by Ahold USA, Inc. For more information on Giant visit www.giantfood.com.

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Giant Food launches its annual A+ School Rewards program for the 2016-2017 school year

Landover, Md., 2016-Oct-03 — /EPR Retail News/ — Giant Food today (September 27, 2016) announced the launch of their annual A+ School Rewards program for the 2016-2017 school year. The annual fundraiser helps customers earn funds for up to two local schools with every shopping trip. Since 1989, Giant has helped local schools by donating more than $94 million through the program. Last year’s program generated a $2 million donation for 1,466 public and private schools in Maryland, Virginia, Washington, D.C., and Delaware, with a record-breaking 20 schools receiving over $10,000 each in awards.

Giant customers who wish to participate in the program can sign up now and designate up to two schools in their local community by visiting their local Giant Food store or at www.giantfood.com. A+ School Rewards are accrued with each purchase made using their Giant card. Customers who designated schools last year do not need to re-designate their school(s) but are encouraged to confirm their school IDs by going to www.giantfood.com/aplus.

“Giant Food continues to take great pride in being a Better Neighbor, and A+ School Rewards is a program that helps hundreds of thousands of children in Washington, D.C., Virginia, Maryland, and Delaware,” said Gordon Reid, President, Giant of Landover, Md. “We’re confident that our customers can make this year’s program the best one yet.”

The program continues to grow every year, with more schools receiving greater awards at the end of the school year. In the past, schools have used their A+ School Rewards grant funds for technology upgrades, scholarship programs, field trips, playgrounds, and other educational needs. During the 2015-2016 school year, Mater Dei in Bethesda, Md. received the top donation of $31,582.74, the largest award in the program’s history.

Customers do not need to have a child in school to support their local community. A+ School Rewards is open to everyone and customers can sign up to support a school outside of their local community to support a friend or family member’s school, or another school of choice. Schools will begin earning points on October 7, 2016. The program will continue through March 16, 2017. Beginning in November, current school totals can be found on the A+ School Rewards website.

About Giant Food, LLC

Giant Food LLC is committed to helping its customers save time, save money and eat well. Headquartered in Landover, Md., Giant Food LLC 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 80 years ago. The company’s core areas of giving include hunger, education, health and wellness, and supporting service members and military families. In 2015, Giant’s monetary and in-kind contributions exceeded $13.9 million. For more information on Giant, visit www.giantfood.com.

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Jamie Miller
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Giant’s digital content platform and magazine Savory Fast, Fresh and Easy recognized by Food Marketing Institute (FMI) with a 2015 Gold Plate Award

Giant’s Savory Fast, Fresh And Easy™ Platform Recognized By Food Marketing Institute Digital Content Platform and Magazine Make Being Healthy Easy and Affordable

Landover, Md., 2015-9-15 — /EPR Retail News/ — Giant Food of Landover, Md. and its parent company Ahold USA have been recognized by Food Marketing Institute (FMI) with a 2015 Gold Plate Award for its digital content platform and magazine, Savory Fast, Fresh and Easy™. The Gold Plate Awards recognize retailers who are helping their customers make family mealtime a regular occasion. Giant and Ahold USA were presented the award at FMI’s Health & Wellness Stakeholders Summit on Sept. 9, 2015.

“Giant is honored to be recognized by the Food Marketing Institute with the 2015 Gold Plate Award for Savory Fast, Fresh and Easy™,” said Gordon Reid, president, Giant Food of Landover, Md. “We created Savory™ not only to enhance our customers’ enjoyment of our products, but also to assist with healthy meal planning, so that our customers can spend more time with their loved ones.”

Launched in June 2015, Savory Fast, Fresh and Easy™ is a one-stop destination for easy meal planning and entertaining ideas that can be found in-store, on Giant’s website and the websites of Ahold USA’s retail divisions, or by downloading the free Savory Fast, Fresh and Easy™ app. The magazine, which is a component of the overall digital content platform, is free to customers who use their loyalty card and is also available online. Regular features include budget-friendly meals, recipes to cook once and eat twice and a “Take 5” feature which offers five ingredients for a fast meal.

Cathy Polley, RPh, FMI vice president of health and wellness, and executive director of the FMI Foundation said, “At FMI and the FMI Foundation, we are fortunate to work on behalf of an industry that lends their wholehearted support to the communities they serve. One of the many ways our industry enriches the lives of its community of customers is by providing families with ideas and resources to help them plan, prepare, and share more meals together at home. We proudly honor Ahold USA’s Savory Fast, Fresh and Easy magazine and online platform with a 2015 Gold Plate Award for the food retailer’s exceptional efforts helping shoppers overcome the barriers to family mealtime with healthy solutions that save both time and money.”

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 www.www.giantfood.com

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

Chef Robert Irvine’s new company of nutritionally improved food products exclusively at Giant’s 168 stores throughout the mid-Atlantic region

The cost-effective partnership was commemorated with more than $25,000 in donations and sponsorships to USO-Metro as part of the companies’ shared philanthropic mission

Washington D.C., 2015-7-3 — /EPR Retail News/ — Chef Robert Irvine and Giant Food of Landover, Md., announced today that the renowned Chef’s new company of nutritionally improved food products will initially be available exclusively at Giant’s 168 stores throughout the mid-Atlantic region. The announcement was made at the O Street Market Giant store in Washington D.C. today, where both Chef Irvine and Gordon Reid, president of Giant Food of Landover, Md. launched the partnership. The celebrated Chef joined Mr. Reid in presenting a $25,000 donation to USO-Metro, generated from Giant’s March Giving Campaign. As part of the ongoing commitment by both organizations to support our nation’s military and their families proceeds from product sales will be donated directly through Chef Irvine’s own 501c3 organization, the Robert Irvine Foundation. Additionally, Chef Irvine announced that his foundation would sponsor USO-Metro’s upcoming monthly Warrior and Family Center Chef Dinners.

“Building this company and launching these products is one of the most important projects of my career to-date. It allows me to finally share some of my favorite foods with a healthier approach. These foods are perfect for busy families across the country who strive to improve their diet, but lack the time or resources to do it on their own,” said Chef Irvine. “I’m also very excited to be launching the line with Giant Food, who share my appreciation for and dedication to the U.S. military. Our partnership is the perfect example of how smart and efficient business practices can be used to benefit a greater good.”

As part of the limited, exclusive partnership, Chef Irvine’s all-natural crab cakes, as well as his reduced fat and calorie cheesecakes will be available in the frozen food section of Giant Food stores in Virginia, Maryland, Delaware, and the District of Columbia, with plans to introduce additional products from the food line in the coming months.

“Giant is proud to partner with Chef Robert Irvine and offer, exclusively to our shoppers, an exciting product line of nutritious and delicious family favorites that are easy to prepare,” said Gordon Reid, president of Giant Food. “This partnership is a natural fit, as both our organizations prioritize quality and recognize the importance of assisting U.S. military members and their families. We’re looking forward to growing this fruitful relationship.”

Throughout its 79-year history, Giant Food has remained committed to providing the highest level of quality, value, and service to its customers. Partnering with Chef Irvine is another example of Giant’s dedication to offering customers new and exciting products at affordable prices. Giant’s commitment to being a better grocer also includes being a better neighbor in the communities it serves. Giant is proud to engage with its communities to alleviate hunger, enhance education programs and health and wellness initiatives, as well as support service members and their families through organizations like USO-Metro.

Chef Irvine started the company last year with the goal to recreate some of his most popular, quick-and-easy meals with full family appeal by using healthier ingredients and without compromising taste. To accomplish this, he committed to partnering with some of the industry’s leading culinary experts and nutritional research and development firms. And to take his commitment to quality and nutrition even one step further, Chef Irvine determined to hold every product to the same nutritional standards used by the Food Program administered by the U.S. Department of Defense. Additional products offered by the company include, ultra thin multigrain pizzas, oven-roasted wings with signature sauces, and the Chef’s top-rated FIT Crunch protein bars. These products, as well as other products currently in development will be available at Giant Food and eventually rolled out to other retail locations nationally. For more information on nutritional values on the full line of food products, please visit www.RoberIrvineFoods.com.

About Robert Irvine— With more than 25 years in the culinary profession, Chef Robert Irvine has cooked his way through Europe, the Far East, the Caribbean and the Americas, in hotels and on the high seas. As the host of one of the Food Network’s highest rated shows, Restaurant: Impossible, Irvine saves struggling restaurants across America by assessing and overhauling the restaurant’s weakest spots. Irvine was previously the host of Food Network’s Dinner: Impossible and Worst Cooks in America, has authored two cookbooks, Mission: Cook! and Impossible to Easy, and one healthy living book, Fit Fuel: A Chef’s Guide to Eating Well and Living Your Best Life. Irvine is currently on tour with his new, interactive live show Robert Irvine Live, and appears regularly as an expert guest on national morning and daytime talk shows. Irvine recently established the eponymously named non-profit organization, The Robert Irvine Foundation, in an effort to support military personnel and their families. For more information on Chef Robert Irvine, visit www.ChefIrvine.com.

About Giant Food of Landover, Md.
Giant Food LLC, headquartered in Landover, Md., operates 170 supermarkets in Virginia, Maryland, Delaware, and the District of Columbia, and employs approximately 20,000 associates. Included within the 170 stores are 156 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 http://www.giantfood.com/

MEDIA CONTACT: Jamie Miller
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Giant Food to open its new store located at 8970 Burke Lake Road in Springfield on June 19

Landover, Md., 2015-5-25 — /EPR Retail News/ — Giant Food today announced that the doors of its new store located at 8970 Burke Lake Road in Springfield will open on Friday, June 19 at 6:00 a.m. The store, located inside the Kings Park Shopping Center, was re-built from the ground up and is nearly twice as large as the previous store onsite, which closed last year. The Kings Park store will employ approximately 120 associates. The new store replaces the 9550 Burke Road store located 1.3 miles away in the Burke Village Center, which closes June 18.

“We are delighted to bring a brand new 50,000-square foot store to Kings Park, which offers an enhanced shopping experience to our customers in Burke,” said Gordon Reid, president, Giant Food of Landover, Md.

Customers will find an exciting shopping experience in the new Giant including a variety of new features and amenities throughout the store. The store will include a new, market-style produce section with a fresh-cut fruit and vegetable preparation center and an organic produce display. The store will also feature an expanded selection of natural and organic foods.

Customers will find all of their meat, bakery, grocery, and dairy needs in the new 50,000-square foot store. The new deli department includes sushi prepared by Giant’s in-house sushi chef, a sandwich service center, an assortment of hot foods, a salad bar, and a gourmet cheese island. The store will also provide an expansive selection of domestic and international wines for all tastes and budgets, as well as a wide assortment of beer, ranging from craft, domestic, and imported.

Giant at Kings Park will also feature in-store technologies including “SCAN IT!” hand-held devices, which allow customers to scan and bag their groceries while they shop to allow for speedier checkout. Peapod Pick-Up service will be available on site for time-starved customers who prefer assistance with their shopping. In addition, the store will include a café seating area with complementary Wi-Fi. A PNC Bank, will also be onsite.

The new Giant store is pursuing LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certification from the U.S. Green Building Council, and has been constructed with innovative building technologies to reduce energy consumption and the environmental impact of operations. LED lighting will be used in many areas of the store, significantly reducing energy needs. Warm concrete floors have replaced the traditional tile, reducing the amount of cleaning solutions normally utilized.

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 www.giantfood.com.

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

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 www.giantfood.com/savings-and-rewards/rewards- program/aplus/ www.GiantFood.com/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 www.giantfood.com.

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

Dean Wilkinson appointed Senior VP of Store Strategy and Execution at Ahold USA

Landover, Md., 2015-5-7 — /EPR Retail News/ — Giant Food of Landover announced today that Mark Adamcik, Regional Vice President of Operations, has been appointed Vice President of Sales and Merchandising, effective May 18. He will be succeeding Dean Wilkinson, who will be leaving Giant Landover to become Senior Vice President of Store Strategy and Execution at Ahold USA.

Giant Landover also announced the following management changes, all of which are effective on May 18:

  • Toni Judy is moving from Regional Vice President of Operations, Region 10 to Regional Vice President of Operations, Region 9. Judy joined Giant in 2012 as a District Director and became Regional Vice President, Region 10 in June 2013. She has over 30 years in the food retail industry, including management roles with Winn-Dixie and Sam’s Club.
  • Robert Belcher has been appointed the new Regional Vice President for Region 10. He most recently served as the Director of Sales and Merchandising (Center Store). Belcher, who has worked in retail management for more than 30 years, started with Giant in 2011 as District Director. Prior to joining Giant Landover, Robert held a senior operations position at Walmart.

Commenting on these announcements, Gordon Reid, President of Giant Landover said, “Mark, Dean, Toni and Robert are exceptional leaders, and I want to wish them all the best in their new positions.”

About Giant Food of Landover, Md.
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 is owned by Ahold USA, Inc. For more information on Giant, visit www.giantfood.com.

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

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
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