Giant Co. launches annual Feeding School Kids initiative

CARLISLE — The Giant Co. has announced a commitment of $250,000 to kick off its annual Feeding School Kids initiative. The program – now in its third year – supports food programs in public school districts across the grocery chain’s geographic footprint.

Through Feb. 28, Giant customers can round up their grocery purchases to the nearest dollar or convert their CHOICE points into a donation to support public school district food programs.

Since its inception, the program has raised more than $4.8 million.

“Studies have shown the correlation between good nutrition and success in school, which is why we launched our Feeding School Kids program in 2021 to address the issue of childhood hunger throughout our local public school communities,” Jessica Groves, community impact manager for The Giant Co., said in a statement.

Through the Feeding School Kids initiative, school districts have been able to support meal programs and address food insecurity from supplying backpacks with weekend food to clearing outstanding student lunch debt to building on-campus food pantries, according to a press release.

In the Radnor Township School District in Delaware County, for example, the district was able to purchase kitchen equipment to improve the quality of meals served at its Middle School; while the Centennial School District in Bucks County served nearly 22,000 breakfast and lunch meals to families in need throughout the summer months. School districts in Maryland and Virginia have provided food packs for more than 1,200 students.

Additionally, between Jan. 20 to Jan. 30, Giant customers can participate in “Fill A Plate,” a non-perishable food drive to benefit local public school feeding programs. Suggested donations include canned fruits and vegetables, canned tuna and chicken, cereal, granola bars, fruit snacks, and related items. Customers can support the drive by dropping off non-perishable items at their local Giant store.

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