press release

March 28, 2013

Tom Bullock
ESGR
(571) 372-0709
tom.bullock@osd.mil

Jamie Miller
Giant Food of Landover, MD
(301) 341-8776
jmiller@giantfood.com

Giant Food Reaffirms Support for Guard and Reserve Employees

Anthony Hucker, Giant Food President, Signs Statement of Support

Washington (March 28, 2013) – Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR), a Department of Defense agency, announced Mr. Anthony Hucker, president of Giant Food of Landover, Md. today signed a Statement of Support for the Guard and Reserve . Hucker signed the pledge in a ceremony at the Brentwood Giant Food in Northeast Washington, D.C. and was joined by ESGR District of Columbia Chair George Alexander.

"Supportive employers such as Giant Food are critical to maintaining the readiness and strength of the nation’s Guard and Reserve units and allow Guardsmen and Reservists the opportunity to serve our country more effectively and with greater peace of mind," said George Alexander, ESGR District of Columbia Chair. "By signing this Statement of Support, Giant sends a clear message they stand committed to their military employees and recognize the integrity, global perspective and proven leadership they bring to the workplace.”

Today’s Statement of Support Signing Ceremony occurred during Giant’s first-ever Military Appreciation Month. On March 1, the nation’s capital grocer announced an aggressive military hiring initiative as well as a month-long giving campaign to support the USO of Metropolitan Washington and USO Delaware. Giant’s military recruitment philosophy is focused on careers, not jobs, for transitioning veterans, members of the Guard and Reserve, and military family members. Over the past several weeks, the company has welcomed nine such associates to store management teams.

“The tenets outlined in the Statement of Support have been guiding principles of Giant’s human resources hiring practices for a very long time. I’m honored to represent the nation’s capital grocer and illustrate our employment commitment to members of the National Guard and Reserve,” said Anthony Hucker, president, Giant Food of Landover, Md.

The Statement of Support reaffirms that Giant Food joins other employers in pledging:

  • We fully recognize, honor and enforce the Uniformed Services Employment and Re-Employment Rights Act (USERRA).
  • Our managers and supervisors will have the tools they need to effectively manage those employees who serve in the Guard and Reserve.
  • We appreciate the values, leadership and unique skills service members bring to the workforce and will encourage opportunities to hire Guardsmen, Reservists and Veterans.
  • We will continually recognize and support our country’s service members and their families in peace, in crises and in war.

Editor’s Note: High-resolution photos from today’s Statement of Support Signing Ceremony are available upon request by contacting Sara Neumann at (202) 414-0788 or sneumann@susandavis.com.

About Giant Food of Landover, Md.

Giant Food LLC, headquartered in Landover, Md., operates 171 supermarkets in Virginia, Maryland, Delaware, and the District of Columbia, and employs approximately 20,000 associates. Included within the 171 stores are 156 full-service pharmacies. Giant opened the first supermarket in the nation’s capital on February 6, 1936. For more information on Giant, visit www.GiantFood.com.

About ESGR

Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve is a Department of Defense agency established in 1972 to develop and maintain employer support for Guard and Reserve service. ESGR advocates relevant initiatives, recognizes outstanding support, increases awareness of applicable laws, and resolves conflict between service members and employers.

More information about ESGR Employer Outreach is available at www.ESGR.mil or by contacting Tom Bullock, Chief, Employer Outreach, at (571) 372-0709, or by email at tom.bullock@osd.mil.