Giant Food has released its first Better Neighbor Report, a comprehensive account of giving, partnerships and innovation in 2020. This is part of its efforts to consistently be a Better Place to Shop, a Better Place to Work and a Better Neighbor to the individuals and communities it serves.
“As we look back at not only the difficult past year, but Giant’s entire 85-year history, we continue to recognize the responsibility we have to our associates, customers, partners and communities,” said Ira Kress, president of Giant Food. “This report is not only a reflection of 2020’s efforts but also a promise to our customers that we will continue to earn their trust and loyalty each and every day.”
Included within the report are details of Giant’s initiatives and work in serving customers, associates and communities. Highlights from the report include:
- 4,025,241 pounds of food donated to individuals and communities;
- $980,000 donated to Giant’s Feeding America Food Bank partners through the Giant Family Foundation to address food insecurity;
- $1.2 million donated to the USO of Metropolitan Washington-Baltimore to support active-duty military members and their families;
- $2.2 million raised for the Pediatric Cancer Campaign benefiting Johns Hopkins Pediatric Oncology Department and Children’s Cancer Foundation;
- $500,000 donated to regional nonprofits and local HBCUs to support racial equality;
- Reached more than 2,800 residents of the Ward 8 community through expanded neighborhood health improvement program; $287,000 donated through the Giant Family Foundation;
- 90 trees planted and 560 feet of streams protected through the Clean Water Partnership; and
- 100 percent free Volta EV charging stations offered at 20 stores and counting, contributing to more than 16,000 free miles and the offset of more than 7,000 pounds of vehicle emissions.
Better Place to Shop
- Offered more than 800 free healthy living classes and 660 personalized consultations to support nutrition education;
- Expanded diverse and inclusive network of suppliers to 218 diverse suppliers offering over 3,100 products;
- Partnered with more than 125 local vendors including more than 50 local farmers to offer over 500 local products and growing; and
- Raised $1M-plus for COVID-19 relief efforts, designated to John Hopkins University to support patient care and research, and local food banks and nonprofits to support community members in need
Better Place to Work
- Business Resource Groups including PRIDE, Women’s Inclusive Network, Giant Veterans, Giant Food Corporate Council and THRIVE lend valuable support to diversity and inclusion efforts;
- Received 100 percent on the Human Rights Campaign’s Corporate Equality Index for two consecutive years for efforts in LBGTQ+ workplace equality;
- Named one of The Washington Post’s Top Places to Work;
- Dedicated more than $139,000 in education scholarships and grants for associates;
- Giant in-store nutritionists led #HealthyAtWork challenge offered to 20,000 associates to encourage positive lifestyle choices and activities promoting health and positive motivation; and
- Issued 38 awards of excellence for top performance and leadership; 66 Presidential Awards for Top Values in Motion winners; celebrated four Top Women in Grocery award recipients and six Women of Influence winners.
To meet immediate public health needs, Landover, Maryland-based Giant has been offering essential COVID-19 vaccinations to eligible residents since December, administered by Giant’s licensed in-store pharmacists. In March of this year, Giant expanded services and now all 152 of its in-store pharmacies throughout the region are offering the vaccines. Currently all pharmacies are accepting walk-ins for vaccinations every Monday and Thursday from 6 a.m.-9 a.m. with no appointment needed.
For more information or to download the full Better Neighbor Report, visit giantfood.com/pages/better-neighbor-report.