Giant Food Stores District Director Wendy Zahradka recently was honored as a 2019 Philadelphia Inquirer Corporate Philanthropy Leadership Award winner for her work with Philadelphia Interfaith Hospitality Network (PIHN).
The Inquirer’s award honors C-level and/or executives who are “champions of charity” in the workplace. Representatives from Giant and PIHN were present at the awards ceremony held June 26 at The Crystal Tea Room in Philadelphia.
PIHN works to move families from homelessness to stability. Since its inception in 1991, PIHN has moved 325 families (910 people) out of poverty by providing assessment and referrals, emergency housing, supportive service and transitional housing.
As a PIHN board member, Zahradka has been instrumental in organizing more than 100 staff from 14 regional stores to volunteer at the annual “There’s No Place Like Home” 5K race and serve at the Empty Bowl and Empty Plate Dinners. She has also helped raise a total of $85,000 in support of PIHN’s work in developing Homelessness Prevention Programs for families in northeast Philadelphia.
Founded in 1923 in Carlisle, Pennsylvania, Giant operates nearly 180 stores, 132 pharmacies and 101 fuel stations in Pennsylvania, Maryland, Virginia and West Virginia as well as online grocery ordering and delivery services. It employs more than 30,000 associates. Over the last five years, with the help of its customers and vendor partners, Giant has donated more than $100 million to local nonprofits. The family of brands includes Giant, Martin’s Food Markets, Giant Heirloom Market and Giant Direct, Powered by Peapod. Giant is a company of Ahold Delhaize USA.