GIANT Food Stores are being honored by EPA with 2018 Food Recovery Challenge Regional Award.
The United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) honored GIANT with the award in recognition of the grocer’s sustainable retail commitment and food recovery achievements. They were awarded in the Data Driven category for grocery store chains.
“As a food retailer we are committed to reducing waste and minimizing our environmental impact, while at the same time maximizing food donations to our regional food banks,” said Nicholas Bertram, president, GIANT Food Stores. “Our ‘Meat the Needs’ program has been a game changer for our company and our food bank partners, diverting food from landfills and onto the plates of those in need. We are honored to have these ongoing efforts recognized by the EPA.”
All 172 GIANT and MARTIN’s Food Market stores participated in the “Meat the Needs” program with the meat donations delivered to regional food bank partners.
Through this program, stores safely freeze and donate meat that is pulled from the shelves a day before their sell-by date. The food is frozen and is delivered to regional food banks to feed those most in need.