Landover, Maryland-based Giant Food has published its second annual Better Neighbor Report, which is an account of its efforts throughout 2021 across areas of charitable giving, education, partnerships, innovation and development.
“We believe transparency brings both accountability and change, and we recognize the important role we play as a local retailer and essential service in our communities,” said Ira Kress, president. “We’re committed to publishing our work and progress as we strive to continue to improve every day and serve as a positive presence and leader for our associates, customers and partners across each of the communities we are privileged to serve.”
Highlights from the report include:
- 4,600,288 pounds of food donated to communities through Giant’s Feeding America food bank partners;
- $300,000 donated to local organizations working to eliminate race, ethnic, gender, health and economic disparities;
- $2 million pledged through the Giant Family Foundation to communities facing severe economic and health inequalities;
- Nine hundred participants impacted by the growth of the Produce Rx Nutrition Incentive Program, in partnership with DC Greens to provide healthy fruits and veggies; and
- $3.9 million plastic bags saved from landfills and 102,400 meals provided to local nonprofits through the Giant Bags4Cause fundraising program.
Better place to shop
- More than 1,100 classes, store tours and community events offered by the Giant Healthy Living team;
- Continued to spotlight 218 diverse suppliers offering more than 3,100 products to customers;
- Grew local vendor partnerships to more than 200 and partnered with more than 50 local farms to offer 800 local products and growing;
- Launched a local aisle online featuring a collection of local offerings including more than 70 online exclusive items; and
- Launched online SNAP benefits allowing customers to pay for grocery delivery or pickup orders with an EBT card.
Better place to work
- Named one of The Washington Post’s Top Places to Work 2021;
- Earned 100 percent on the Human Rights Campaign’s Corporate Equality Index for the third consecutive year for efforts in LGBTQ+ workplace equality;
- Offered employee engagement in Business Resource Groups including Pride, Thrive, Giant Veterans, Women’s Inclusive Network, Corporate Council and Young Professionals;
- $130,000 in scholarships and grants awarded to 40 employees; and
- The Healthy At Work program offered to employees led by more than 160 Healthy Living Ambassadors.
For more information or to view the full Better Neighbor Report, visit giantfood.com/pages/better-neighbor-report.