Carlisle, Pa.-based The Giant Co. released April 27 its first community impact report, Living Our Purpose in 2021, highlighting its efforts to eliminate hunger; change children’s lives; heal the planet; promote health and sustainability; and support diversity, equity and inclusion.
“Leading with our noble purpose, we are committed to making a difference in the communities we serve, with an overall objective to contribute to healthier people and a healthier planet,” said Nicholas Bertram, president of The Giant Co. “Our first community impact report highlights how far we've come, and how everything we do reinforces meaningful connections for families across our communities, with each action adding up to the better tomorrow we envision.”
In support of efforts to eliminate hunger, the grocer, its customers and vendor partners donated $18.2 million in both financial and product contributions for hunger relief efforts. The Giant Co. also has 120 food bank and pantry partners.
It also raised $3.3 million to feed children in 169 school districts across the four states it operates in: Pennsylvania, Maryland, Virginia, West Virginia and New Jersey. Additionally, in support of the nation’s youth, The Giant Co. raised $2.5 million from June to August 2021 for local Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals, of which the retailer has been a partner of for 23 years.
As part of its focus around healing the planet and being a sustainable retailer, The Giant Co. reported more than 293,000 metric tons of carbon offsets through its partnership with GreenPrint, recycled nearly 120 million pounds of carboard, rescued more than 850,000 pounds of food through Flashfood, and raised $2.3 million to fund organizations focused on the environmental initiatives.
The grocer also highlighted its efforts around diversity, equity and inclusion, as well as how it supports is employees. More than 1,000 managers across company completed inclusive leadership training, The Giant Co. said, adding that it made nearly $300,000 in community donations to organizations focused on equity and inclusion.
The grocer also reported 4,092 internal promotions and results of its Giant University program, which provides multiple learning and development opportunities for employees to grow their skills, capabilities and leadership behaviors. Eighty-three classes have been facilitated through Giant University, and 120 employees are enrolled in further education.
“The progress we’ve made would not be possible without the efforts of many, from our team members to our nonprofit partners to our suppliers and our customers,” said Jessica Groves, manager of community impact for The Giant Co. “As we look to our 100th year, we will not rest when it comes to improving the lives of the people and communities we care for and serve. The opportunities ahead inspire us, and we remain as committed as ever to our team members, communities, and the planet.”
The Giant Co., company of Ahold Delhaize USA, has more than 35,000 employees supporting 190 stores, 133 pharmacies, 107 fuel stations and more than 175 online pickup hubs and grocery delivery service. Its family of brands includes Giant, Martin’s, Giant Heirloom Market, Giant Direct and Martin’s Direct.