press release

March 6, 2015

MEDIA CONTACTS:
Giant Food: Jamie Miller
(301) 341-8776; [email protected]
USO of Metropolitan Washington: Michelle Shortencarrier
(703) 696-4839; [email protected]

Giant Food and USO of Metropolitan Washington-Baltimore Launch March Giving Campaign

Organizations Partner for a Fifth Year Supporting Military Families

Landover, Md. (March 6, 2015) – 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.