Giant donates $300,000 to the Maryland Food Bank

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Carmen Del Guercio (MFB President & CEO), Joe Urban (Giant Food’s Vice President of Distribution Operations and MFB Board Member), and executives from Giant Food and the Maryland Food Bank (MFB) came together at the food bank to celebrate Giant’s presentation of a $300,000 check through the Giant Family Foundation in support of MFB’s flagship child hunger program, the School Pantry Program.

A partnership between MFB and public schools statewide, the School Pantry Program provides children, their families, and surrounding communities with access to healthy food at schools throughout the school year. The program minimizes the stigma often attached to food assistance by offering it in a familiar setting that’s already part of families’ everyday lives.

Since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, the School Pantry Program transitioned to a near-contactless distribution model via “drive-thru” or appointment-only events to ensure kids remained safe and fed, even with COVID-related school closures. 

About Giant:

Giant Food is headquartered in Landover, Md. and operates 164 supermarkets in Virginia, Maryland, Delaware, and the District of Columbia with approximately 20,000 associates. Included within the 164 stores are 153 full-service pharmacies, 82 full-service PNC Banks and 24 Starbucks locations. Giant fits all the ways today’s busy customers want to shop – whether in store or online. With 144 Giant Pickup locations and Giant Delivery available to all our market areas in DC, MD, VA and DE, customers have even more convenient options right at their fingertips to get the best product and prices, whenever and however they want it. For more information on Giant, visit: www.giantfood.com.

About the Maryland Food Bank

The Maryland Food Bank (MFB) is a nonprofit hunger-relief organization dedicated to feeding people, strengthening communities, and ending hunger for more Marylanders. By partnering with community organizations from the western mountains to the Eastern Shore, MFB’s statewide food assistance network distributed the equivalent of 43 million meals (over 51 million pounds of food) from March to December of last year in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. MFB will continue to meet the immediate needs of hungry children, seniors, veterans, and hard-working families while simultaneously working to create pathways out of hunger. To learn more about the Maryland Food Bank, visit www.mdfoodbank.org.