March 1, 2012
Giant Food of Landover, MD
USO of Metropolitan Washington Michelle Shortencarrier (703) 696-4839 [email protected]
Giant Food and USO of Metropolitan Washington Team Up for a Second Year
Campaign to Support Local Military Families
Landover, Md. (March 1, 2012) – Giant Food of Landover, Md. today announced during a briefing at the Westbard Giant that it will again work together with the USO of Metropolitan Washington to support military families across the Mid-Atlantic region. During the month of March, Giant will sell CareOne Care Packages for our troops and accept monetary donations at check out to benefit USO-Metro.
For $5, customers can purchase a CareOne Care Package, which contains a toothbrush, toothpaste, floss, lip balm, hand sanitizer, and ibuprofen. USO-Metro will distribute CareOne Care Packages at airport lounges across the region as troops return home as well as deploy for service. Customers can also support military families by adding $1, $3, or $5 to their grocery bill at check out. Additionally, each neighborhood Giant will feature a station where children can make cards for service members. The campaign will take place in all 173 Giant stores from March 1 through March 31, 2012.
“We’re honored to be teaming up with the USO of Metropolitan Washington for another successful partnership,” said Anthony Hucker, president, Giant Food of Landover, Md. “At Giant, we believe it’s important to support military families as well as show service members our appreciation. USO-Metro has a long history of providing vital services and programs for troops and their families, and we are proud to work together.”
Select Giant stores will also host a Canteen Night on Friday, March 16 featuring coffee and doughnuts and be reminiscent of the 1940s. Canteen Nights will provide customers the opportunity to speak to USO volunteers and learn more about how they can support service members and their families.
“All of us at USO-Metro are proud to once again team up with our friends at Giant Food,” said Elaine Rogers, president and CEO of USO-Metro. “I love that customers can choose to either make a donation toward the many vital programs USO-Metro offers our local military members and their families or they can buy a great CareOne Package for troops traveling through our local airports or healing at local military hospitals. This partnership is a wonderful way to engage our community and we’re incredibly thankful to Giant for their continued support of our troops.”
Giant first partnered with the USO of Metropolitan Washington in March 2011 during its 75th anniversary year. At the end of the month-long giving campaign, Giant delivered $108,000 and nearly 10,000 pounds of food to USO-Metro to help support its programs and establish a food pantry at Fort Belvoir in Virginia. Hundreds of soldiers received cards from children decorated with their original artwork and created at Giant’s card-making stations. Editor’s Note: Photos from today’s press briefing at the Westbard Giant are available upon request. Please contact Sara Neumann at 202.414.0788 or [email protected]
About Giant Food of Landover, Md.
Giant Food LLC, headquartered in Landover, Md., operates 173 supermarkets in Virginia, Maryland, Delaware, and the District of Columbia, and employs approximately 22,000 associates. Included within the 173 stores are 159 full-service pharmacies. Giant opened the first supermarket in the nation’s capital on February 6, 1936. 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.