Giant Food Pledges $500,000 to DMV-Area Organizations That Support Racial Equality

Funds will further advocacy across local organizations, nonprofits and higher education with a focus on educational programming, mentorship and nutrition

LANDOVER, Md., Sept. 29, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — Giant Food, the leading greater Washington D.C. regional grocery chain, announced today a commitment of $500,000 to support long-standing community partner organizations and local HBCUs. Funding will be directed to these partners to support their work and engagement to address equity across efforts in education, mentorships, programming and nutrition for children and adults.

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“At Giant Food we support the efforts our community members and partners are taking to work to drive lasting change in equality and justice,” said Ira Kress, President of Giant. “Healthy food, education and access to mentorship are critical, and that’s why we’re committed to standing alongside these organizations to support our neighbors with these efforts.”

The $500,000 in funds will be distributed as follows:

  • $350,000

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