A message from Giant Eagle, Inc.
As we approach the end of 2020 and the expansion of a COVID-19 vaccine, we all yearn for a sense of closure. But as we at Giant Eagle reflect on the past 12 months, we are equally motivated to continue much of the work that was done.
We will continue to find numerous ways to use our time, talents and other resources to fight against food insecurity and fight for the social and economical equality for our Black Team Members, guests and neighbors. This year, we used the $350,000 awarded by the Giant Eagle Foundation to stand up against racism to build and strengthen work with various critical community resources. We committed $125,000 to various Urban League chapters across the five states we serve, directing those funds to help provide life’s essentials to so many impacted by the pandemic as well as toward efforts to help those seeking employment and professional growth. We committed another $125,000 to invest in growing Black leaders and Black owned businesses through organizations such as The Advanced Leadership Initiative, the POISE Foundation and the Cleveland Foundation’s Cleveland Black Future Fund. Lastly, we continue to engage our Team Members on various donation opportunities to lift the Black community or otherwise fight racism and promote equally through our $100,000 donation match effort.
While we are all happy to see the chapter known as 2020 close, we are inspired by the opportunities that 2021 brings with it. And we look forward to building on the strong foundation we believe we put in place this year.
It is impossible to understand all the senseless deaths of African Americans, including George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery and too many others whose stories have been pulled into the national spotlight, as well as the countless victims whose stories go untold. We at Giant Eagle have taken time to self-reflect on what we as individuals and as an organization must do to stand up against racism and social injustice. Words are important, but they are not nearly enough. The time for action is now.
At Giant Eagle, we have begun a series of efforts that we hope will allow us and others to support our African American Team Members, guests and neighbors. The company and the Giant Eagle Foundation have partnered to contribute $350,000 to support social justice causes. Additionally, all our Giant Eagle, Market District and GetGo locations will be closed between 7 a.m. and 8 a.m. this Saturday, June 13, so we can begin to engage our Team Members in a discussion about our personal experiences and what steps can be taken to affect change in ourselves and in our communities.
In western Pennsylvania, we have also made the decision to halt sales of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette due to recent actions by the publication. It is critical that we uphold the values that have defined Giant Eagle for nearly 90 years. These measures will remain in place until the publication demonstrates an equal commitment to all those in the communities it serves.
We must take every opportunity to put ourselves in each other’s shoes. We will slip up. We will make mistakes. But as long as we are open, honest and sincerely listen to one another, we will make positive, long-lasting change.
Laura Shapira Karet,
President & Chief Executive Officer
Giant Eagle, Inc.