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LANDOVER, Md. - Giant Food has raised $200,000 through its 2004 Check Out Hunger program, the company said Friday. The money is helping to feed needy individuals and families throughout the Mid-Atlantic region.
The program, which collected money at the chain's 200 Giant and Super G stores, gave customers the opportunity to support area food banks through contributions at checkout registers. All of the money collected was donated to a local food bank in each of the following locations: Washington, D.C.; Baltimore; Verona, Va.; Fredericksburg, Va.; Pennsauken, N.J.; Lawrenceville, N.J.; Neptune, N.J.; Egg Harbor Township, N.J.; and Newark, Del.
"For years Giant has been strongly committed to supporting local food banks and addressing hunger issues. Our annual Check Out Hunger program offers customers an easy way to donate money that helps to provide food to feed hungry children, seniors, and low-income families who have fallen on hard times," said Barry Scher, v.p. of public affairs for Giant Food, in a statement. The program began on June 15 of this year and ran through Sept. 12.
On Oct. 24 Giant will also kick off its annual Good Neighbor Food and Funds Drive, which will provide shoppers with another chance to donate money or food to local food banks. Customers will be able to buy and donate special Hunger Boxes to local food banks to provide food for families in need. The boxes will contain the nutritious foods most in demand by the agencies supported by the food banks. Giant Food employees and community volunteers, including more than 150 Howard University students, have assembled 15,000 Hunger Boxes to be displayed in Giant and Super G stores.
Giant Food LLC, a member of the Ahold USA Group, donates more than $6 million in cash, goods, and services to support charitable and community organizations in the markets it serves.