“Living Here, Giving Here” programs a success in 2011

Donations in 2011 to the “Living Here, Giving Here” program topped all previous records, according to representatives with Martin’s Food Markets. Over $20 million was raised last year by the company, all of which goes to support various local hunger relief organizations, more than 300 schools, the United Way, USO Chapters, Wounded Warrior Project, Richmond SPCA, and hundreds of other non-profit groups.

The Greater Richmond and Williamsburg areas were responsible for just over $2 million in donations, a sizable portion of the overall total.

“Martin’s is a company that lives and gives in the communities where our customers and associates live and work, and we are thrilled to have donated more than $2 million in combined cash and product donations right here in the Richmond and Williamsburg communities in 2011,” said Jim Scanlon, regional vice president.

According to the company, the $2 million was then distributed throughout the community. Key highlights of giving for Martin’s in 2011 include donating $107,086 to various programs in over 300 local schools.

Also high on the list is the work done by Martin’s to fight hunger in the area. In 2011, the Central Virginia Food Bank and other local pantries collectively received $1,237,807 in product and corporate donations from Martin’s. Customers also contributed in the form of reusable bag credits.

On top of this generosity, Martin’s was also very active in supporting the cause of our soldiers, donating money, time, and energy to support our local USO chapter and the Wounded Warriors Project, which is dedicated to serving troops that are severely injured in the line of duty. Also, our local SPCA was supported by the generosity of Martin’s and its customers.

“Thank you to everyone who participated in our ‘Living Here, Giving Here’ programs,” said Scanlon. “We couldn’t have done it without the generosity and support of our associates, customers, and vendors.”

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