Giant donation to help Salvation Army feed neighbors in need

'We want to do our part,' company president says

EXETER TWP., Pa. - Giant continues its efforts of helping the Berks County community this holiday season.

The Carlisle-based grocery store chain handed over a $24,000 check Thursday to the Salvation Army of Reading. The presentation was made at the company's store in Exeter Township.

"In the spirit of giving this December, we want to do our part to ensure that our neighbors in need are able to enjoy a warm holiday meal," said Tom Lenkevich, Giant's president. "As part of Giant's 'Feeding Our Neighbors Every Day' holiday campaign, a total of $155,000 is being donated to seven Salvation Army organizations, providing 930,000 meals to families that are at risk of hunger this holiday season."

Giant's donation comes as the Salvation Army of Reading works to meet its goal of collecting $125,000 through its annual Red Kettle campaign.

"The support of Giant Food Stores through its giving efforts helps The Salvation Army to meet the most basic needs of our neighbors who find themselves in a place of desperate need," said Capt. Ted Tressler, the Salvation Army of Reading's corps commanding officer. "Especially at this time of year, our combined effort to serve families is crucial, since none of us can meet these critical needs on our own."

As part of Giant's "Feeding Our Neighbors Every Day" campaign, the company in November donated 500 turkeys and $5,000 to the Greater Berks Food Bank, which serves people in need in Berks, Schuylkill, and western Montgomery counties.

Company-wide, Giant's holiday donations this year will top out at nearly $615,000.

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