Giant, which has a supermarket in Wynnewood, donated more than $24,000 raised by its Feeding School Kids initiative to the Lower Merion School District. The donation was accepted by Lucy Klain, President of the Lower Merion Board of School Directors, during a check presentation at the District Administration Offices on June 15, 2021.
LMSD, which served nearly 209,000 free meals to children in the community from March 2020-March 2021 during the pandemic, will use the money to cover outstanding student lunch debts. The District will continue to offer free meals to community students over the summer and through the 2021-2022 school year.
From January 4 through February 28, 2021, Giant food stores' customers were invited to round up their grocery purchase to the nearest dollar or convert their frequent shopper points into a donation for their local public schools' food programs. The Giant Company matched the first $1.5 million donated by customers.
Through the Feeding School Kids initiative, school districts will be able to use the funds to support meal programs such as covering outstanding student meal debt, expanding food distribution programs, creating on- campus food pantries, and supplying extra weekend meals.
Funds donated by customers benefitted the local school district in the community in which they were given and The GIANT Company's matching funds were awarded based on need, as determined by the number of students in the district that receive free or reduced meals.