Giant Food Stores help the troops

Customers and employees donated more than $560,000 in May

CARLISLE, Pa. - Giant Food Stores' annual Support Our Troops campaign has raised more than a half million dollars.

The money was donated in May by customers and employees of Giant and Martin's Food Markets.

Between May 4 and May 17, customers in Giant and Martin's could donate $1 at the checkout to benefit their regional USO chapter and the Wounded Warrior Project.

A total of $560,194 was raised.

Since the inception of Support Our Troops in 2005, the grocery chain's customers and associates have donated more than $3 million to benefit regional USOs and the Wounded Warrior Project.

"Giant/Martin's is grateful for the service and sacrifice of our veterans and active soldiers and we will continue to do all we can to be a better neighbor to them and their loved ones," said company president Tom Lenkevich in a news release.

"It's our way of saying thanks for all these men and women have done for us."

The chain operates nearly 200 grocery stores in Pennsylvania, Maryland, Virginia and West Virginia.

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