The GIANT Company announced its Feeding School Kids initiative, in partnership with its customers, raised more than $1.3 million to combat hunger throughout local public school districts in the communities it serves. The donation was formally announced today in Altoona, Pa. as the company presented Altoona Area School District with a donation of more than $11,000 and nearly 1,300 snack items.
“The GIANT Company is grounded in its purpose of connecting families for a better future and eliminating hunger – particularly childhood hunger – is essential to turning our purpose into action,” said Jessica Groves, community impact manager, The GIANT Company. “Young minds cannot grow and learn on an empty stomach, and the Feeding School Kids initiative helps ensure a brighter future for our youth through food. Together, in partnership with our customers, we continue to connect school kids to vital nutrition, helping the learners of today grow into the leaders of tomorrow.”
From Jan. 1 through Feb. 28, customers at GIANT, MARTIN’S and GIANT Heirloom Market stores were invited to round up their grocery purchases to the nearest dollar or convert their CHOICE points into a donation to support their local public school districts’ food programs. The GIANT Company also donated $250,000 to the program. Through the Feeding School Kids initiative, school districts can use funds to support meal programs such as covering outstanding student meal debt, expanding food distribution programs, creating on-campus food pantries, and supplying extra weekend meals.
“Altoona Area School District is truly overwhelmed by the generosity of The GIANT Company and its customers,” said Susan Franks, director of business operations, Altoona Area School District. “Feeding School Kids funds will help feed our students, and in return, help them learn and grow, providing a lasting impact for years to come. Thank you to GIANT and our community members for showing kindness and encouragement to our students and their families by supporting Feeding School Kids; it is truly making a difference.”
The top 15 public school districts receiving funds from the Feeding School Kids initiative include:
- The School District of Philadelphia, Pa. – $116,330
- West Chester Area School District, Exton, Pa. – $39,823
- Washington County Public Schools, Hagerstown, Md. – $23,896
- North Penn School District, Lansdale, Pa. – $20,679
- Frederick County Public Schools, Winchester, Va. – $20,227
- Berkeley County School District, Martinsburg, W.Va. – $18,746
- Central Dauphin School District, Harrisburg, Pa. – $18,610
- Central Bucks School District, Doylestown, Pa. – $18,407
- Bethlehem Area School District, Bethlehem, Pa. – $17,062
- The School District of Haverford Township, Havertown, Pa. – $17,051
- State College Area School District, State College, Pa. – $15,660
- Carlisle Area School District, Carlisle, Pa. – $15,420
- Winchester Public Schools, Winchester, Va. – $15,408
- Centennial School District, Warminster, Pa. – $14,801
- Allentown School District, Allentown, Pa. – $14,137
Funds donated by customers benefitted the local public school district in the community in which they were given. The GIANT Company’s matching funds were awarded based on need, as determined by the percentage of students in the district who receive free or reduced meals.