GIANT Kicks off Annual Turkey Drive in Central PA




Project SHARE Receives 250 turkeys and $5,000 towards holiday meals
Annual campaign will provide a total of 1.6 million meals in four states


Carlisle, PA – Project SHARE was the beneficiary of GIANT Food Stores’ annual Feeding Our Neighbors Every Day holiday campaign that will provide 1.6 million meals to those in need this Thanksgiving. GIANT kicked off the campaign today with 1,500 turkeys and $10,000 to Central Pennsylvania Food Bank and 250 turkeys and $5,000 each to Bethesda Mission, New Hope Ministries and Project SHARE.

“During this season of giving, GIANT is helping reach even more food insecure families,” said Tom Lenkevich, GIANT president. “GIANT will donate more than $270,000 in turkeys and gift cards to regional food banks in four states. This is our largest Thanksgiving donation to date providing 1.6 million meals to our neighbors in need this holiday.”

Joe Arthur, executive director of the Central Pennsylvania Food Bank, said, “We are thrilled that GIANT is once again kicking off our holiday turkey drive, and this year they have increased their donation to 1,500 turkeys, each of which will provide many meals for struggling Central Pennsylvania families! We hope this generous GIANT gift will inspire other businesses and donors to share their good fortune as well because demand for nutritious food assistance remains very high.”


“This donation of turkeys underscores GIANT’S depth of generosity not only to Project SHARE but to the Carlisle community,” said Bob Weed, interim CEO at Project SHARE. “We are privileged to have them as our partner in obtaining our vision of Nourishing our Community . . . Awakening Hope!  This donation significantly strengthens our efforts this holiday season and helps our clients as they gather around their tables for a wholesome traditional Thanksgiving meal.  GIANT has provided a generous 25% of our goal and we are confident that our community will help us reach our total in time for the holidays.  Carlisle is an amazing and supportive community.”

Project SHARE is accepting community donations for Thanksgiving and the December holiday seasons of Christmas, Chanukah and Kwanzaa through their Support a Needy Family campaign where donors can sponsor a turkey, ham or full dinners for one or multiple families.  Project SHARE serves approximately 1,100 households per month in addition to their Farmstand location that supplies fresh produce to the community twice a week.  More information on how you can help Support a Needy Family can be found at or by calling 717-249-7773.



GIANT/MARTIN’S is committed to helping its customers save money, save time and eat well. Founded in 1923 in Carlisle, Pennsylvania, GIANT/MARTIN’S operates 170 grocery stores in Pennsylvania, Maryland, Virginia and West Virginia, under the names of GIANT Food Stores and MARTIN’S Food Markets. GIANT/MARTIN’S employs more than 30,000 associates and is a proud company of Ahold Delhaize. In addition to working with hundreds of local and regional organizations annually, GIANT/MARTIN’S has a long-standing focus on efforts to eradicate hunger and improve the quality of life for children. GIANT/MARTIN’S is one of the top ten fund-raisers in the country for local Children’s Miracle Network hospitals. For more information visit the GIANT or MARTIN’S websites. Find GIANT and MARTIN’S on Facebook and on Twitter @GiantFoodStores or @MartinsFoodMkts.


About Project SHARE

Founded in 1986, Project SHARE has been serving the portions of our community that are food insecure. As one of the larger food pantries in Pennsylvania, Project SHARE provides healthy, nutritious choices for clients who cross many demographic boundaries.  Our clients are children, seniors, veterans, homebound due to infirmities and those whose employment or temporary lack thereof do not provide for a sustainable table.  In addition Project SHARE works with clients on their “…journey to freedom from want” through mentoring, collaborative referrals and educational programs on site.  We are blessed to “Nourish our Community” while “…Awakening Hope.” Being true to our mission and vision.    For more information, visit the Project SHARE website at  Find Project SHARE on Facebook and on Twitter Project SHARE of Carlisle PA.  You can also contact SHARE at 717-249-7773.

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