COMMUNITY: HUNGER RELIEF
Combating Hunger and Food Insecurity through Donations and Sponsorships
IN PITTSBURGH, GIANT EAGLE WORKS CLOSELY WITH THE GREATER PITTSBURGH COMMUNITY FOOD BANK. WE SUPPORT FALL FOOD SHARE, A FOOD AND FUNDS DRIVE IN OUR STORES. IN CLEVELAND, WE SUPPORT VARIOUS NORTHEAST OHIO FOOD BANKS THROUGH OUR HARVEST FOR HUNGER DRIVE, AND IN COLUMBUS, WE ASSIST THE MID-OHIO FOODBANK THROUGH THE OPERATION FEED COLLECTION.
Giant Eagle also serves many other food banks, including the Akron-Canton Food Bank, the Second Harvest Food Bank of Northwest Pennsylvania in Erie and the Gleaners Community Food Bank in Indianapolis, as well as 100 smaller food pantries and shelters within our footprint. And, many of our Team Members spend time volunteering at local food banks (pictured here).
In 2017, Giant Eagle helped to reduce hunger in our communities by contributing 6.5 MILLION MEALS and $1.2 MILLION.
“From retail store donations to telethons and register campaigns, Giant Eagle continues to be a leader in supporting our neighbors in need of food assistance. Giant Eagle’s generosity helped the Food Bank provide nearly 33 million meals last fiscal year!”
— Lisa Scales, President & CEO, Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank
“Giant Eagle has been an integral partner in our fight against hunger in our communities. The tons of food they donate each year, the funds they give corporately, and the millions of dollars contributed by their customers have fed millions of people in our area who struggle with hunger and food insecurity. If not for Giant Eagle, many more people would be hungry.”
— Kristin Warzocha, President & CEO, Greater Cleveland Food Bank
A FEEDING AMERICA PARTNER
Many of Giant Eagle’s food bank partners are official Feeding America agencies, following guidelines that ensure high quality standards for all donated foods. As a United States-based nonprofit organization with a nationwide network of more than 200 food banks, Feeding America helps feed more than 46 million people each year.
By working closely with this national organization, we help to streamline our processes to make sure we are maximizing our donation efforts. Giant Eagle is honored to be recognized as a 2017 Feeding America Mission Partner, which they define as an “integral ally in advancing their mission and powerful advocates for people facing hunger.”
Addressing Food Insecurity
& Offering Nutrition Education
Giant Eagle is also proud to partner with Common Threads, an organization founded in Chicago, that has been providing hands-on, culturally relevant nutrition education and healthy cooking programs to underserved children, families and teachers since 2003.
By integrating preventative health programs into school districts and community organizations, Common Threads not only helps combat the rising number of diet-related diseases, but also cultivates a culture that embraces a healthier lifestyle and celebrates diversity through food. Common Threads provides nutrition and cooking education in partnership with more than 700 schools and community-based organizations across nine major U.S. cities, including Pittsburgh.
When Giant Eagle’s CEO, Laura Karet was first introduced to Common Threads and learned about its mission a couple of years ago, she immediately saw an opportunity for Giant Eagle to meaningfully participate in the organization’s important efforts to prevent childhood obesity. So, in 2016, Laura reached out to some influential Pittsburgh leaders from The Pittsburgh Foundation, the Allegheny County Health Department, Children’s Hospital of UPMC, Pittsburgh Public Schools, and a few others, and asked for their support.
Together, these organizations teamed up with Giant Eagle and Common Threads to sponsor its nutrition and healthy cooking program. In just one year’s time, the program has reached nearly 5,000 students, parents and teachers in the City of Pittsburgh and throughout Allegheny County in more than 40 schools and youth organizations; provided nearly 63,000 hours of hands-on-cooking and nutrition education programming; 43,624 healthy meals and snacks; and trained 224 teachers.