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Giant Co. Donation Helps Expand Food Pharmacy Program

$1M gift aids more food-insecure families in getting nutritious food
Emily Crowe, Progressive Grocer
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A donation from Giant Co. will help more families in Norristown, Pa., receive nutritious food.

The Giant Co. has donated $1 million to the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) to help the organization grow its Food Pharmacy program, which provides nutritious food and better health outcomes for families experiencing food insecurity. 

Specifically, the program will be extended to the Nicholas and Athena Karabots Primary Care Center in Norristown, Pa., with virtual services that allow families to order their food online and have it delivered to their door. A small in-person pantry at the center in Norristown that stores dry food is also scheduled to open this fall.

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"The Giant Co. first became involved with Children's Hospital of Philadelphia's Food Pharmacy  Program in 2018 because the need was clear, and we knew we could help," said Joanna Crishock, VP of marketing and commercial planning at Giant Co. "Increasing access to healthy foods and promoting nutrition is a priority of ours every day, both in and outside our stores, as is reducing food insecurity.”

Continued Crishock: “We're grateful for the opportunity to support the expansion of the Food  Pharmacy in Norristown, and we look forward to seeing the positive impact this life-changing program will have on families.”

The grocer provided an initial donation to establish a Food Pharmacy as part of the hospital’s Healthy Weight Program, thus launching the first pediatric hospital-based food bank in the country. That program expanded three years ago thanks to additional funding from Giant Co.

“More than 120,000 Philadelphia children live below the poverty line and one in five people in  Philadelphia experience food insecurity, which means they don’t consistently have access to enough  food for an active and healthy lifestyle,” said Saba Khan, MD, attending physician with the CHOP Care  Network and director of Food Pharmacy. “Each year, we deliver thousands of pounds of fresh produce to patient families through our Food Pharmacy program. The Giant Co. provides food, staff and  materials to deliver on the promise of a healthier life for those in the community. With this most recent  grant, we can serve more children and their families with another Food Pharmacy in Norristown.”  

With more than 35,000 associates supporting more than 190 stores, 130-plus pharmacies, 107 fuel stations, and 180-plus online pickup hubs and a grocery delivery service in Pennsylvania, Maryland, Virginia, West Virginia and New Jersey, Carlisle, Pa.-based The Giant Co. encompasses the following banners: Giant, Martin’s, Giant Heirloom Market, Giant Direct and Martin’s Direct. Parent company Ahold Delhaize USA, a division of Zaandam, Netherlands-based Ahold Delhaize, is No. 10 on The PG 100, Progressive Grocer’s 2023 list of the top food and consumables retailers in North America. PG also named the company one of its Retailers of the Century and its 10 Most Sustainable Grocers.

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