You all know I have been shopping at GIANT Food Stores for decades. I love their customer service, fresh produce, Giant Own brand of products, gas rewards, weekly savings and so much more. I especially love how they are partners with the communities that they serve. We have linked our bonus card to the A+ Rewards program so our purchases will benefit our kids schools and we have also raised money for various organizations with the Giant Cash for Causes program. Cash for Causes allows you to raise money for your non-profit. Purchase Cash for Causes gift cards at a 5% discount ($500 minimum purchase required), and then sell them at face value. The difference between the discounted price and the face value is profit for your non-profit. Easy peasy, right!? Also if you haven’t read my post on the nutritionist Giant have on staff to benefit customers… you should read it and then go make an appointment!
You all know I love a good deal and will shop the meat case early in the morning when the meat manager is adjusting prices on meat with today’s sell by date on them. Just because the meat has to be sold today does not mean it is ‘bad’ on that date. In fact, picking up these yellow tagged packages of meat is how I am able to serve a steak Diane dinner to 6 people for under $60! I have often wondered what happened to the meat after ‘yellow tag day’. I just assumed that it got tossed in the trash and ended up in the land fill. It bothered me but I figured that was just one of those things that was the price of business and there was no real solution. But I recently learned about a program Giant started in 2008 call Meat The Needs. I was BLOWN AWAY by how Giant is looking out for their neighbors in need as well as the environment at the same it.
Here is how it works:
Giant meat managers pull the meat just ahead of the expiration date and place it in the store’s freezer. The perishables team picks up the donated meat, where it is returned to the distribution center, sorted and delivered to the food bank partners by Giant’s own delivery trucks. The meat is a safe, consumable product that Giant would be just as proud to sell to customers. Since the program’s inception, more than three million pounds of meat, which would otherwise go unsold, has been donated to Giant’s six regional food bank partners, including Central Pennsylvania Food Bank. In 2014 alone, more than one million pounds of meat were diverted from landfills and onto the plates of those in need. Not only is Giant helping feed the community with the donation but the meat is not rotting in landfills!
Today, all 197 Giant Food Stores and MARTIN’S Food Markets participate in the Meat the Needs program with the meat donations delivered to the food bank partners by the company’s own trucks.
This week we celebrate Earth Day. I am glad that companies like Giant Food are doing their part to look out for the environment and our neighbors every day, not just Earth Day.