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    Giant-Landover, Stop & Shop Gear Up for Black History Month

    LANDOVER, Md. and QUINCY, Mass. -- For Black History Month in February, Ahold banners Giant Food and Stop & Shop will offer their annual Profiles in Excellence brochure, which highlights significant accomplishments and milestones achieved by African-Americans.

    LANDOVER, Md. and QUINCY, Mass. -- For Black History Month in February, Ahold banners Giant Food and Stop & Shop will offer their annual Profiles in Excellence brochure, which highlights significant accomplishments and milestones achieved by African-Americans.

    The brochure will be available in all Giant and Stop & Shop locations, while supplies last, beginning Feb. 1.

    The banners are also sponsoring their annual Martin Luther King Jr. Essay Contest, which will be open to all students in grades 6 to 9. The essay contest, which began Jan. 15, runs through Feb. 15.

    This year's Profiles in Excellence is a celebration of the African-American influence in American music and features profiles on six African-Americans who have made significant contributions to the genres of gospel, blues, jazz, rhythm & blues, rock, and hip hop.

    Besides being available in Giant and Stop & Shop stores, copies of the brochure are available at no charge for local schools and community organizations. Additionally, reproducible copies of the brochure are on the banners' Web sites.

    The essay contest poses the following question to students: "How can service to others make you great?" Each essay submission will be evaluated on its originality, creativity, and adherence to the essay topic. One winner will be selected from every grade level, and each winner will receive a $250 savings bond. Entry forms are available at all Giant and Stop & Shop stores and on the banners' Web sites.

    Giant Food operates 186 supermarkets in Virginia, Maryland, Delaware, and the District of Columbia, and employs about 21,000 associates. Included within the 186 stores are 166 full-service pharmacies. Stop & Shop employs over 59,000 associates and operates 389 stores in Massachusetts, Connecticut, Rhode Island, Maine, New Hampshire, New York, and New Jersey.

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