Giant Food makes $1.2M donation to USO of Metropolitan Washington-Baltimore

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Giant Food makes $1.2M donation to USO of Metropolitan Washington-Baltimore

07/15/2020

Giant Food is doing its part to help the USO of Metropolitan Washington-Baltimore.

The organization received a donation that totaled $1,208,846 from the retail chain.

For the fifth consecutive year, the USO-Metro served as one of the main charity beneficiaries of the 2020 Giant National Capital Barbecue Battle, which took place virtually this year due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

“USO-Metro is truly honored to have a partner like Giant Food supporting our service members year after year,” Elaine Rogers, president and CEO of USO-Metro, said. “The Giant National Capital Barbecue Battle and Giant's month-long in-store campaign are one of our largest and most successful fundraisers of the year. Now, more than ever, funding like this makes all the difference in the world. Since the COVID-19 pandemic began back in March, USO-Metro has been able to continue offering programs and services to our active duty military and their families across the region, and partners like Giant Food, along with Giant's amazing customers, make our mission possible during times like these.”

In addition, the organization was one of the beneficiary funds raised through in-store event promotions across Giant Food’s 163 stores from Memorial Day weekend through June.  

“We are proud to be close partners with USO-Metro and to support military service members and their families,” Ira Kress, president of Giant Food, said. “I'd like to thank the Giant store associates and our amazing customers across the region who all stood together in support of our local military to make this year's in-store campaign such a tremendous success. I'm also delighted with the success of the Giant National Capital Barbecue Battle Virtual Experience as it brought the community together for a great cause, while cheering on our barbecue legends and celebrating delicious food. We are already looking forward to next year.”

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