LANDOVER, Md. — A supermarket chain in the Washington area is marking Inauguration Day by donating lunches to the police officers assigned to guard it.
Ahold banner Giant Food of Landover, Md. — also known as Giant-Landover to distinguish it from fellow Ahold banner Giant Food Stores of Carlisle, Pa. — said it would donate boxed lunches and water to the 5,000 officers of the Washington Metropolitan Police Department, U.S. Park Police and National Park Service.
The chain also donated 15,000 bottles of water for Inaugural Parade participants, who include representatives selected by the Presidential Inaugural Committee from each of the five branches of the military and all 50 states.
"This marks the 20th inauguration Giant has celebrated from president Franklin Delano Roosevelt to the second inauguration of president Barack Obama," Giant president Anthony Hucker said. "As the nation's capital grocer, it's always been a priority for us to give back to the communities we're so privileged to serve."