Landover, Maryland-based Giant Food plans to donate 6,000 Nature’s Promise turkeys to five area food banks as part of its ongoing community support efforts. The Feeding America regional food banks are Capital Area Food Bank, Maryland Food Bank, Food Bank of Delaware, Fredericksburg Regional Food Bank and Blue Ridge Area Food Bank. The 6,000 donated turkeys will assist in feeding more than 72,000 people this holiday season.
The food drive, running through Nov. 28 in all 163 Giant stores, launches with the turkey donations and continues with the support of customer donations as well as the sale of Hunger Boxes, which are offered in partnership with Six Flags America. The campaign ‘To Donate a Holiday Meal to Those In Need’ directly benefits the partner food banks.
“Giant Food is dedicated to supporting our local communities through the Hunger Drive program; we are delighted to assist our Feeding America food bank partners in offering individuals and families experiencing food insecurity access to delicious meals during the holiday season,” said Ira Kress, interim president of Giant Food. “Each year, we are continually motivated by the enthusiasm and support of our amazing customers for this program. We look forward to another successful food drive this season.”
For the second year, Six Flags America has partnered with Giant to offer customers that purchase at least two Hunger Boxes a coupon for a free ticket to Six Flags America’s Holiday in the Park, valued at $69.99. Hunger Boxes are available for purchase at the checkout of any store location.
“We value being able to help our community in a meaningful way and paying forward holiday cheer,” said Denise Stokes, park communications manager.
Giant also recently refurbished and donated two trailers to Maryland Food Bank, offering further support in helping them reach those experiencing food insecurity this holiday season.
Since 2011, Giant has donated a total of 39,750 turkeys to its local Feeding America food banks in efforts to help alleviate hunger and make celebrating the holidays possible for families in the Mid-Atlantic region.