Customers and associates at Giant Food Stores and Martin’s Food Markets donated $631,473 during the annual, in-store Bag Hunger campaign held in February and March in all stores to support local and regional food banks in four states.

According to partner food banks, $1 is the equivalent of 6 meals. As a result of the Bag Hunger campaign, recipient food banks and pantries will be able to provide about

3.8 million healthy and nutritious meals.

To kick off the Bag Hunger Campaign, Giant donated $155,000 in gift cards to 31 food banks and pantries across 25 Giant/Martin’s stores in February as part of the “Giant” One Day Give.

Area recipients included: St. Vincent de Paul Assumption Chapel Food Pantry of Altoona, Food Bank of State College and Huntingdon Area Food Pantry.