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DATE:
 May 2, 2006
CONTACT: Tracy Pawelski
tracy.pawelski@aholdusa.com

   
GIANT FOOD STORES AND TOPS MARKETS FIGHT HUNGER WITH OVER $717,000 IN DONATIONS TO DATE
Carlisle, PA - Since the beginning of the year, Giant Food Stores and TOPS Markets have raised a combined total of over $717,000 to fulfill the company's mission of helping to eradicate hunger in the communities it serves. Each chain implements a donation program at the checkout during the first quarter of the year to raise money in the fight against hunger.

"As a provider of food to our local communities, it's very important to focus on those in our operating areas that are in need," said Tony Schiano, chief executive officer. "We kicked off this year with a bang and we hope to build on this momentum for the rest of 2006 in continuing to help our local food banks fulfill their own missions of providing food to those who call for it most."

Customers and associates at Giant Food Stores came together and donated $252,513 to local food banks through the Bag Hunger campaign. Customers were given the opportunity to donate $1 at the register. The monies raised in each individual store were in turn given directly to that community's local food bank.

TOPS Markets raised $285,313 through its Check Out Hunger campaign at its stores throughout New York and Pennsylvania. Check Out Hunger is a national, annual program run by food retailers to help raise money for local food banks. The program is especially important because donations to food banks drop dramatically after the holiday season, but the need to feed the less fortunate continues. In TOPS' Northeast Ohio markets $179,580 was contributed to regional food banks through the Harvest for Hunger program, part of the national Second Harvest program to benefit regional food banks serving multi-county areas.

Both companies raise money and donate product to local and regional food banks throughout the year. In 2005 alone, a total of $10.3 million was given to help those in need throughout Pennsylvania, New York, Northeast Ohio, Maryland, Virginia and West Virginia.

Giant Food Stores, LLC, headquartered in Carlisle, PA is one of four retail-operating companies under Ahold USA, one of the leading supermarket operations in the U.S. Giant currently operates 103 stores as Giant Food Stores, 123 stores as TOPS Markets and 25 stores as Martin's Food Markets. With nearly 40,000 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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