Giant to support the Anacostia Watershed Society’s Annual Earth Day Celebration by cleaning up the Quincy Run area in Bladensburg, Maryland on April 25, 2015

Giant Supports Environment through Recycling and Food Waste Reduction Initiatives

Landover, MD, 2015-4-20 — /EPR Retail News/ — In celebration of Earth Day, Giant Food of Landover, Md. is teaming up with the Anacostia Watershed Society and the Chesapeake Bay Foundation to help protect and restore local lands and water. On April 25, 2015, Giant will support the Anacostia Watershed Society’s Annual Earth Day Celebration by cleaning up the Quincy Run area adjacent to the Bladensburg Waterfront Park in Bladensburg, Maryland. In addition, Giant will donate food and beverages to support the Earth Day Celebration and pass out free, reusable bags to more than 500 attendees to encourage them to reduce their ecological footprint. Working with the Chesapeake Bay Foundation, volunteers from Giant will also help plant and restore wetland grasses at the former Naval Academy dairy farm, the largest organic farm in the state of Maryland, on May 30, 2015.

“Giant is committed to reducing our environmental impact and helping to preserve the natural environment in our surrounding communities,” said Jamie Miller, public and community relations manager, Giant Food of Landover, Md. “Earth Day reminds us that we all play a role in taking care of the environment, and we’re honored to support The Anacostia Watershed Society and Chesapeake Bay Foundation, which work to protect our parks, rivers, lakes, and streams every day.”

As part of its promise to be a responsible retailer, Giant is continuously working to expand its green efforts, from reducing the impact of its own operations to encouraging shoppers to make environmentally-friendly decisions. Giant has set a goal of getting to “zero waste” by 2020, defined as diverting 90 percent of waste going into landfills and incineration through the expansion of its organic recycling program and the creation of new opportunities for recycling cardboard and plastic. Giant stores and distribution centers recycled approximately 39,488 tons of cardboard in 2014. Part of Giant’s efforts to reduce waste in its operations is ensuring that safe and consumable foods, such as bakery items and frozen meat, are donated to food banks. Through Giant’s Meat the Needs program, the grocer freezes meat that is close to expiration and would otherwise go unsold and donates it to regional food bank partners. Last year, a total of 354,902 pounds of meat was provided to community members in need. Food that cannot be donated is reused as livestock feed or for compost.

Newer Giant stores continue to be built with innovative green building technologies that reduce energy consumption, conserve water and reduce the environmental impact of operations. These stores will be certified under Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED), a green building certification program that recognizes best-in-class building strategies and practices. Four of Giant’s stores utilize solar panels which generate around 8 percent of the store’s electricity needs. Giant also continues to makes its existing stores more energy efficient by improving the efficiency of the refrigerated and frozen food cases and installing LED lighting.

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
(301) 341-8776
jmiller@giantfood.com

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 opens Cathedral Commons store at 3336 Wisconsin Avenue NW in Washington, D.C.

Landover, Md., 2014-11-10— /EPR Retail News/ — The Cathedral Commons Giant Food located at 3336 Wisconsin Avenue NW in Washington, D.C. celebrated its grand opening Thursday, November 6th with elected officials, community members, Giant associates, and shoppers. The Cathedral Commons Giant Food features an array of amenities, including an expansive produce department with a smoothie bar, a fresh cut fruit and vegetable preparation center, an expanded selection of natural and organic foods, a sandwich service center, a gourmet cheese island, and fresh prepared sushi. An in-store wine and beer bar and a Starbucks café with complementary Wi-Fi and convenient seating is available for customers to purchase beverages while they shop. Other store amenities include a floral counter, a PNC bank, a two-level parking garage, and SCAN IT! Technology, which allows customers to use a handheld device to scan and bag their groceries while they shop.

About Giant Food
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 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.

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