Gordon Reid, President of Giant Food of Landover, Md. (left) presents a check for $50,000 to Nancy Roman, President and CEO of the Capital Area Food Bank. The donation comes from in-store campaigns and fundraising during this summer’s 24th Annual Giant National Capital Barbecue Battle.
The Capital Area Food Bank is the largest organization in the Washington metro area working to solve hunger and its companion problems: chronic undernutrition, heart disease and obesity. By partnering with nearly 450 community organizations in DC, Maryland and Virginia, as well as delivering food directly into hard-to-reach areas, CAFB provides access to healthy, nutritious food to 540,000 people each year, distributing 44 million pounds of food—one third of which is fresh fruits and vegetables. Earlier this year, Giant also committed to serving as the food bank’s inaugural Retailer for Wellness, a program established in 2016 to help the Capital Area Food Bank provide a balanced offering of food by encouraging corporate partners to sort out leftover holiday candy, cakes, and pies while increasing donations of lean proteins, whole grains, and other foods that contribute to wellness.