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Giant Food, Local Artists Partner On Community Bag Program

Four bags designed by local artists for Giant Food

Giant Food has teamed up with four artists from Washington, D.C., Maryland, Virginia and Delaware to create reusable bags that represent each artist’s local community. As part of Giant’s Community Bag Program, for every $2.75 reusable bag purchased, Giant donates $1 donated to a local nonprofit.

Throughout May, each of the artists chose a local nonprofit to receive the donations.

“With the help of our customers, we’ve achieved significant accomplishments through our Community Bag Program, including saving over 585,000 single plastic bags and helping over 1,700 non-profit organizations last year alone,” said Felis Andrade, director of external communications and community relations with Giant Food. “We’re excited to spotlight local artists whose creative designs celebrate the core of Maryland, D.C., Virginia and Delaware while also supporting the local charities that mean the most to them.”

In 2019, Giant Food launched its Community Bag Program, which is designed to empower customers to support local nonprofit organizations while working to reduce single-use paper and plastic waste in the environment. To date, Giant and its customers have raised over $580,000 and provided 684,990 meals to 1,748 different non-profit organizations and 405 hunger organizations through the program.

This month, D.C., Maryland, Virginia and Delaware stores will each carry their own reusable bags created by their state’s local artist. The artists and their chosen benefiting nonprofits include:

• Marcella Kriebel: Kriebel is a watercolorist, muralist and the author and illustrator of two cookbooks, “Mi Comida Latino” and “Comida Cubana.” She is known for her vibrant artwork that celebrates the world through food and culture. Kriebel designed the D.C. bag which will benefit the D.C. Central Kitchen.

• Ann Gill: Gill is a local artist based in Hyattsville, Maryland. Born in Washington, D.C., her family roots run deep in the region. She has been creating art since she was a child, and her work is influenced by street pop art. Gill designed the Maryland bag with proceeds benefiting Words, Beats and Life Inc.

• Grace Manno and Dashiell Kirk: Manno and Kirk are two artists who formed FOND Collective based in Richmond, Virginia. Some of their favorite mediums include illustration, print design, animation and sculpture. Together, they designed the Virgnia bag and chose Our Stomping Ground as the benefiting organization.

• Brad Almond: Almond is a graphic designer, illustrator and part-time musician. He resides in Wilmington, Delaware, with his wife, two children and their cat. He grew up fascinated by the colorful, stylized worlds of film, video games and cartoon shows. Almond designed the Delaware bag and chose Urban Promise Wilmington as the benefiting organization.

Customers can purchase their Local Artist Community Bag at any Giant store.

About Giant Food

Since opening its first location over 88 years ago in Washington, D.C., in 1936, Giant has been an integral part of the communities and customers it serves. Giant is committed to being a Better Neighbor and has designated four main giving pillars that address local food insecurity, military support, pediatric cancer research and social equality. Giant is headquartered in Landover, Maryland, and operates 164 supermarkets in Virginia, Maryland, Delaware, and the District of Columbia with approximately 20,000 associates.

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After 32 years in the newspaper industry, she is enjoying her new career exploring the world of groceries at The Shelby Report.

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