Sunday, May 21, 2017

Local Schools Benefit from A+ School Rewards

From our friends at Giant Food...

Giant Food Awards $2 million to Local Schools Through A+ School Rewards

Grants part of Giant’s efforts to support neighborhood schools

Giant Food of Landover, MD announced a $2 million donation to 2,322 public and private schools in Maryland, Virginia, Washington, DC, and Delaware. The funds are the result of the 2016-2017 A+ School Rewards program where purchases made by Giant customers help provide funding to area schools. For the second year in a row, 20 schools received more than $10,000 each as part of the program.

“The A+ School Rewards program provides Giant the opportunity to give back to our local community by investing in one of its most important institutions - local schools. Every year, we are continually impressed by the support that members of the community provide to make the program a success,” said Gordon Reid, President, Giant of Landover, MD. “We are proud to partner with our schools and our communities to ensure that kids have the greatest and most robust educational experience possible.”

Each fall, Giant customers can sign up and designate up to two schools to benefit from their purchases. A+ School Rewards points accrue with each purchase made using a Giant Card and are credited to the designated schools’ accounts. Since launching the program in 1989, Giant has donated more than $94 million to local schools throughout the communities it serves. There is no limit to what schools can do with their A+ School Rewards, including earning funds for technology, scholarships, school programs, field trips, playgrounds, and other educational needs that ultimately enhance the students’ educational experience.

Mater Dei School in Bethesda, Maryland received $29,301.39 as a result of this year’s program.

“Mater Dei School would like to thank Giant Food for their generous gift,” said William McMurtrie, Headmaster at Mater Dei School in Bethesda, Maryland. “This donation will have a tremendous impact on our school and curriculum in the coming year.”

The 10 schools receiving the largest awards from the 2016-2017 A+ School Rewards program are:

Mater Dei School Inc./$29,301.39
McLean High School/$17,032.17
Bodkin Elementary School/$16,859.52
Folger McKinsey Elementary School/$16788.17
Herbert Hoover Middle School/$14,258.90
Winston Churchill Senior High School/$13,376.60
Catonsville Middle School/$12,505.04
Severna Park Senior High School/$12,096.14
Langley High School/$11,930.93
Huntingtown High School/$11,383.55

To learn more about A+ School Rewards and for a complete list of participating schools, please visit

About Giant Food of Landover, MD:
Giant Food of Landover, MD is committed to helping its customers save time, save money and eat well. Headquartered in Landover, MD, Giant operates 167 supermarkets in Virginia, Maryland, Delaware, and the District of Columbia, and employs approximately 20,000 associates. Included within the 167 stores are 158 full-service pharmacies. Giant opened the first supermarket in the nation’s capital on February 6, 1936. Giving back to the community is a cornerstone that was instilled by the founders 80 years ago. The company’s core areas of giving include hunger, education, health and wellness, and supporting service members and military families. In 2016, Giant's monetary and in-kind contributions exceeded $14.6 million. For more information on Giant, visit