Giant Food Stores donates $1 million
As more consumers demand greater levels of social responsibility from retailers, Giant Food is stepping up with a big donation to local charities.
The company announced a $1 million donation to three local Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals partners.
The donation is part of GIANT Food Store’s 95th anniversary celebration, with events happening throughout 2018.
“We are honored to mark 95 years of caring for our communities by supporting our partner hospitals of Children’s Miracle Network with these special grants,” said Nicholas Bertram, President of GIANT Food Stores. “We passionately believe in giving back, and we are especially committed to the health of our customers and their families.”
The grants have been awarded to Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia ($570,000), Penn State Children’s Hospital Hershey ($280,000) and Geisinger Medical Center ($150,000) and will be used for specific needs as identified by each hospital.
These include support for the Child Advocacy Center at Geisinger Janet Weis Children’s Hospital so that 100% of children referred to the center will receive coordinated forensic interviews, victim advocacy and mental health services as appropriate.
The GIANT Food Stores Welcome Desk at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) will welcome 10,000 patients from nine specialty programs during the day and 12,225 urgent care visits on nights and weekends. This gift will enhance the patient and family experience at all three urgent care sites, helping CHOP plan for the unplanned.
Penn State Children’s Hospital will receive support for 3D Printing and Modeling for Congenital Heart Disease. In addition to enhanced clinical care for patients and ongoing clinical research, the use of 3D printed cardiac models will also assist medical students and residents in their education about congenital heart disease.
“We are so grateful for GIANT’s continued commitment to Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals and its partnership with our member hospitals,” said John Lauck, president and CEO of Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals. “We are excited that GIANT has identified these hospitals that support their local communities and made an additional commitment to the treatment of sick and injured children.”
In addition to the annual Balloon and Candle in-store campaigns held during the summer and at the holidays, associates also regularly volunteer at CMN Hospital events, including radio and television telethons. Since 1997, GIANT Food Stores has raised more than $42 million for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals.
Giant Food operates more than 170 stores and offers home delivery, online/mobile ordering, fuel centers, pharmacies, plus in-store nutritionists.