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GIANT FOOD STORES RE-LAUNCHES GIFT CARD FUNDRAISING PROGRAM AS "CASH FOR CAUSES"

GIANT FOOD STORES RE-LAUNCHES GIFT CARD FUNDRAISING PROGRAM AS "CASH FOR CAUSES"

Carlisle, PA - Just in time for back to school and fall campaigns for nonprofit organizations, Giant Food Stores is re-launching its gift card fundraising program. Cash for Causes is a simple solution for community fundraising and is aimed at schools and other not-for profit organizations.

"We are proud to support local organizations in our communities with their fundraising efforts," said Denny Hopkins, Vice President for Advertising and Marketing, Giant Food Stores. "Gift cards are not only for gift giving, customers can use them just like cash for everyday grocery shopping. Additionally, organization supporters simply go about their regular shopping to help earn money - no additional sign-up is needed!"

Organizations, foundations, and schools that are registered as 501c3 charitable organizations are eligible to enroll in the program and can register at their local Giant or by calling 1-800-380-3814. How does Cash for Causes work? The group purchases a minimum of $500 worth of Giant gift cards at a 5% discount. In turn, the group then re-sells the gift cards at face value and receives the profit from the sales. Non-profit organizations are able to purchase the gift cards at any time throughout the year.

"So far this year we have raised over $10,000 to help fund our computer lab, school supplies, field trips and tuition assistance for families," commented Kathy Tylicki with St. Andrew's School in Waynesboro. "We sell the cards after mass each weekend and send a form home with students each week during the school year."

"Over the past two-and-a-half years we have raised over $46,000," said Rick Mathews at East Penn Panther United Soccer in Enola. "The money pays for player registrations fees, painting of the field, balls and nets as well as uniforms."

Adds Barbara Roman with St. John Neumann Regional Academy in Williamsport, "We have been participating in the program for 10 years. We raise nearly $15,000 a year and use it to provide tuition assistance and help fund PTO activities."

Moreover, for-profit companies can take advantage of Cash for Causes by participating October through December only. Any business can receive a 5% discount when a minimum order of $500 in gift cards is purchased.

Giant Food Stores, LLC, headquartered in Carlisle, PA is one of six retail-operating companies under Ahold USA, one of the leading supermarket operations in the US. Giant currently operates 103 stores as Giant Food Stores, 119 stores as TOPS Markets and 26 stores as Martin's Food Markets. With nearly 38,000 associates Giant serves a six state market area. For more information about Giant Food Stores, visit the company's website at www.GiantFoodStores.com.

 
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