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COMMUNITY IMPACT

When our communities struggle with economic hardship and food insecurity, Giant Food can help.

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We are engaged in building healthy communities for future generations – where people thrive, where healthier affordable food is commonplace, and where each person feels valued and connected. Our priorities to reduce hunger and promote healthier eating align with the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals for 2030, in particular Zero Hunger, Good Health and Well-being, and Responsible Consumption and Production.

Reduce Hunger and Foodwaste

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Giant Food recognizes one of the greatest challenges in the fight against hunger is ensuring those in need receive enough of the right nutrients to fulfill the requirements of a balanced diet. That is why we have made it our mission to fight hunger in all its forms.

We tackle this challenge head-on through various programs including: 

  • Investing $2.5 million to expand access to fresh, healthy food options, nutritional services and wellness programs for people living in DC’s Ward 8 in order to address inner-city food deserts;
  • Providing more than 37,000 Hunger Boxes – hand-picked care packages containing a balanced variety of essential food items – on behalf of our customers to the five Feeding America food banks in our region in 2018
  • Donating more than 2 million pounds of meat to regional food banks, through our “Meat the Needs” program; and
  • Together with our customers and associates, donating almost $1 million in grants in 2018 to support Fighting Child Hunger

In 2018, Giant Food donated more than 5.5 million pounds of food – the equivalent of 90 million meals – to our five Feeding America food bank partners:

  • Capital Area Food Bank;
  • Maryland Food Bank;
  • Food Bank of Delaware;
  • Fredericksburg Regional Food Bank; and
  • Blue Ridge Area Food Bank.

Promote Healthier Eating

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Giant Food encourages the adoption of healthier eating habits in our communities through in-store nutritionists and donations to support local health and wellness initiatives.

Washington, D.C.’s Ward 8 is home to more than 85,000 citizens. Its community has the lowest median income, highest food insecurity rate, highest poverty rate, and highest rates of obesity in the capital. Currently, there is only one grocery store in Ward 8 – Giant Food. 

To have an impact, Giant Food refurbished the store’s Health and Wellness space and hired registered dietitian and nutritionist Jillian Griffith. Griffith partnered with local fitness organizations such as the YMCA and Full Body Fitness, whose instructors now come to the store to teach free fitness classes. Griffith offers free educational courses such as “Eating Healthy on a Budget,” “Eating for Heart Health” and “Food is Medicine.” She also engages with the local community in Ward 8, participating in “Joyful Food Markets” with food pantry Martha’s Table, distributing food and giving nutritional advice to food insecure citizens.

Beginning this spring, Giant Food and DC Greens launched the Produce Rx program. When an individual living in Ward 8 visits a doctor’s office and is found to be food insecure, the doctor will provide a prescription to the Produce Rx program. The individual then provides the prescription to the pharmacist in our Ward 8 store, and in turn is provided with a $20 coupon to use each week to buy fresh produce.

Making Healthy Choices Easier

In 2018, Giant Food launched Guiding Stars, the world’s first store-wide nutrition navigation program aimed at taking the guesswork out of nutrition by decoding labels into one clear rating. The program guides customers toward foods that have more vitamins, minerals, fiber, omega-3’s, and whole grains – and less trans-fat, saturated fat, added sodium, added sugar and artificial colors.

One Guiding Star indicates good nutritional value, Two Guiding Stars are better and Three Guiding Stars is the best nutritional value – creating an easy starting point and guide for those looking for healthier options. Guiding Stars is a complement to the HowGood rating system that Giant Food rolled out last year. This system rates products based on factors ranging from ingredient sourcing to labor practices – further empowering customers to make informed and healthy choices they can feel good about.

Investing in Our Community’s Youth

At Giant Food, we believe investing in the health and education of our children is an investment in the health and well-being of our communities.

In partnership with our customers, Giant Food has raised more than $21 million for the Johns Hopkins Kimmel Cancer Center and the Children’s Cancer Foundation to support their fight to cure pediatric cancer. The contributions help pay for life-saving research and discovery treatments that enable hundreds of children to live healthier, longer lives.

Supporting Our Troops

We are honored to support our veterans and the men and women serving in the military. Together with our customers and associates, Giant Food donated more than $1 million in 2019 to fund programs like the USO’s Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors, which provides financial assistance and resources to our troops and their families in times of need.

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