In honor of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s dream of racial equality, The Giant Co. has made $25,000 in donations to support 12 organizations dedicated to advancing diversity and inclusion within their local communities.
The Giant Co. is partnering with Central PA MLK Day of Service to give $10,000 to local nonprofits to support their efforts of helping neighbors and building stronger communities together. The following 10 organizations each have received $1,000: AMiracle4Sure; Beacon Clinic; Capital Area Coalition on Homelessness; Capital Rebirth; The Fair Housing Council of the Capital Region; GLO Harrisburg; Islamic Society of Greater Harrisburg; Recycle Bicycle; Shalom House; and Wildheart Ministries.
“The Giant Co.’s generous donation to these nonprofits will give them the boost they need to continue to be good neighbors to our local community,” said Rep. Patty Kim, Central PA MLK Day of Service chair. “We are grateful for the investment and appreciate Giant’s partnership.”
The Giant Co. is also donating $10,000 to Eastern Minority Supplier Development Council (EMSDC) to promote and recruit new minority businesses for certification and development through a new certification grant program, named after The Giant Co., which will focus on food retail, consumer packaged goods and support services companies. In addition, The Greater Harrisburg Area NAACP ACT-SO Program will receive $5,000 to help encourage African-American high school students through coaching and enrichment in the areas of sciences, humanities, the performing arts, the visual arts and business entrepreneurship.
“Dr. King’s dream of racial equality still resonates today throughout our local communities and with the work being done by organizations such as the ones we are supporting today,” said Aaysha Noor, head of diversity and inclusion for The Giant Co. “The Giant Co. is committed to working together to effect long-lasting change and make a difference. In addition to supporting local community efforts, we are also funding internal efforts within our organization to create a culture of inclusion for all team members, supplier partners and customers with efforts focused on diversity and inclusion education, awareness, training and professional development.”
These donations are part of The Giant Co.’s overall $500,000 commitment announced last fall and part of a $5 million commitment made by parent company, Ahold Delhaize USA, to support racial equality and diversity and inclusion efforts. To date, local recipient organizations have included Urban League of Philadelphia, Boys & Girls Clubs, HACC – Central Pennsylvania’s Community College, NAACP Pennsylvania, five YWCA Pennsylvania chapters, and the Borough of Steelton for its Steelton Unity Park.
Founded in 1923 in Carlisle, Pennsylvania, The Giant Co. family of brands includes Giant, Martin’s, Giant Heirloom Market, Giant Direct and Martin’s Direct.