October 27, 2014
MEDIA CONTACT: Jamie Miller
Giant Food Inducted into USO-Metro’s 2014 Circle of Stars
Grocer Recognized at Annual Stars and Stripes Benefit for the Troops
Landover, Md. (October 24, 2014) – 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.