Giant Food American Heroes Fund Reaches $1 Million Mark
Giant and Ahold USA to Match Contributions
LANDOVER, Md., Sept. 27 /PRNewswire/ -- Giant Food announced today that their customers and associate's contributions to the American Heroes Fund have surpassed the $1 million mark. Giant and its parent company, Ahold USA, have also agreed to also match dollar-for-dollar all contributions, up to $1 million. The American Heroes Fund was established by Ahold USA and their operating companies to raise funds for the victims of the September 11th tragedies and their families. The pledge by Giant and Ahold USA to match the funds means that over $3 million will go to the relief efforts. This is because, to date, Giant Food has collected $1.1 million; Stop & Shop has collected $1.6 million; Giant Food Stores has collected $470,000; Tops has collected $328,000 and BI- LO has collected $382,000. These five retail food chains are part of the Ahold USA operating companies. "We are very proud of our customers and associates, who have shown great generosity and eagerness to support the relief efforts through the American Heroes Fund," said Dick Baird, president and CEO of Giant Food. He added, "The response to the fund has been incredible. We've received contributions from everyone, including school children, other businesses, our own associates, and many others. We truly appreciate everyone's support. We want to thank all of those who contributed for coming together and showing that the American spirit is alive and well." Even though the matching portion has been completed, because the recovery efforts are expected to last another six months, Giant will continue to collect for their American Heroes Fund through mid-October. All of the proceeds collected at Giant and Super G stores will be donated to the American Red Cross Disaster Relief Fund and other relief organizations aiding the victims and families of those impacted by the September 11 tragedy. Note: Ahold's other operating companies include: BI-LO, headquartered in Mauldin, SC; Giant Food Stores, headquartered in Carlisle, PA; Tops Markets, based in Williamsville, NY; Stop & Shop, headquartered in Qunicy, MA; and also includes Peapod, the nation's e-online grocer based in Skokie, IL, as well as US Foodservice, based in Columbia, MD. MAKE YOUR OPINION COUNT - Click Here http://tbutton.prnewswire.com/prn/11690X46127197
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