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Just a Few More Days for Giant's Annual Good Neighbor Food and Funds Drive

There are just a few more days to contribute to Giant's annual Good Neighbor Food and Funds Drive. The drive helps five regional food banks keep their shelves stocked this holiday season. The annual hunger relief program gives customers the opportunity to help needy families by making a monetary contribution or donating non-perishable food items at neighborhood Giant stores. The Good Neighbor program is taking place in all Giant Food stores from now through November 28, 2010.

The Good Neighbor program makes it easy for Giant customers to support their local food bank by adding $1, $5, or $10 to their grocery bill at check out. Additionally, each Giant store has a collection cart where customers can donate non-perishable food items. In most stores, customers can buy a pre-packed reusable grocery bag filled with non-perishable items including two cans of Giant Specialty Beans, two cans of Starkist Chunk Light Tuna, one 28-ounce can Giant Tomatoes, and one box of Pasta Roni for $5. In Baltimore-area stores, customers can buy a special Ravens reusable tailgate bag for $5 and Giant will donate several items to the in-store Good Neighbor Food and Funds Drive collection to benefit the Maryland Food Bank. Both food and monetary donations help feed thousands of community members. 

“Giant is committed to alleviating hunger in our community throughout the year, and we have a long history of raising awareness about hunger during the holiday months. Through the Good Neighbor Food and Funds Drive, we are working to make a difference and helping people in our region keep food on their tables,” said Jamie Miller, manager of public & community relations, Giant Food of Landover, Md. “In our twenty-third year, the Good Neighbor Food and Funds Drive brings Giant and the community together in an effort to drive away hunger in our community.”

Donations collected and funds raised in the Fredericksburg area will support the Fredericksburg Area Food Bank.  Every year, the food bank distributes approximately 3 million pounds of food in partnership with 80 member agencies.  More than 40,000 people are at risk of hunger, and the Fredericksburg Area Food Bank serves more than 250,000 pounds of food each month. 

As a result of the 2009 Good Neighbor program, Giant donated more than $310,000 to the Capital Area Food Bank, Maryland Food Bank, Fredericksburg Area Food Bank, Food Bank of Delaware, and the Blue Ridge Area Food Bank. The need of food banks across the region is even greater this year and Giant hopes to surpass 2009 numbers.

The Good Neighbor Food and Funds Drive is one of several Giant initiatives to help alleviate hunger in the region during the holiday season. Giant will host its ninth annual Giant “Stuff-A-Truck” at four Washington area stores on December 10 to benefit the Capital Area Food Bank.