In preparation for Earth Week, Coca-Cola Consolidated and Giant Food held a community cleanup on Saturday, April 9, where 60 volunteers removed more than 2,000 pounds of waste from the woods and waterways around Oxon Run.
“What an incredible way to usher in Earth Day,” said Altmann Pannell, Director of Government Relations at Coca-Cola Consolidated. “We couldn’t have asked for a better partner in Giant Food, who made the weekend such a success. Sustainability remains a top issue for our Company and our Refresh, Recycle, Renew initiative is one of the ways we promote recycling and closed loop systems throughout our territory.”
Coca-Cola Consolidated and Giant partnered with environmental leaders from Osprey Initiative and Chesapeake Bay Conservancy who navigated the successful cleanup initiative in Ward 8.
“Osprey Initiative’s mission is to protect and enhance our urban waters. These small waterways are little blue ways that bring nature much closer to the public,” said Don Bates, Owner and President of Osprey Initiative. “We were so excited to have the opportunity to work in our Nation’s Capital and truly appreciate the support of our sponsors.”
The cleanup was a community effort attended by local legislators and volunteers from US Dream Academy, students from the University of Maryland, and fraternity brothers from Georgetown’s Sigma Phi Epsilon.
Coca-Cola Consolidated and Giant held a reception after the cleanup where five lucky volunteers walked home with $200 Giant gift cards. Volunteers also received catered meals and beverages provided by Giant, Coca-Cola Consolidated, as well as with other giveaways.
“Giant was founded in Washington, D.C. in 1936, and we understand how important it is to keep our communities and National Parks clean,” said Daniel Wolk, External Communications and Community Relations Manager at Giant Food. “We are proud to have teamed-up with our close partners in the environmental initiative of cleaning up waste in our Nation’s Capital.”
About Coca-Cola Consolidated, Inc.
Coca-Cola Consolidated is the largest Coca-Cola bottler in the United States. Our Purpose is to honor God in all we do, serve others, pursue excellence, and grow profitably. For over 120 years, we have been deeply committed to the consumers, customers, and communities we serve and passionate about the broad portfolio of beverages and services we offer. We make, sell and distribute beverages of The Coca-Cola Company and other partner companies in more than 300 brands and flavors across 14 states and the District of Columbia to approximately 60 million consumers.
Headquartered in Charlotte, N.C., Coca-Cola Consolidated is traded on the NASDAQ Global Select Market under the symbol “COKE.” More information about the Company is available at www.cokeconsolidated.com. Follow Coca-Cola Consolidated on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and LinkedIn.
About Giant Food
Since opening its first location over 85 years ago in Washington, D.C. in 1936, Giant has been an integral part of the communities and customers it serves. Giant is committed to being a Better Neighbor and has designated four main giving pillars that address local Food Insecurity, Military Support, Pediatric Cancer Research and Social Equality. Giant is headquartered in Landover, Md. and operates 164 supermarkets in Virginia, Maryland, Delaware and the District of Columbia with approximately 20,000 associates. Included within the 164 stores are 152 full-service pharmacies, 83 full-service PNC Banks and 26 Starbucks locations. Giant fits all the ways today’s busy customers want to shop – whether in store or online. With 159 Giant Pickup locations and Giant Delivers available in all of its markets, customers have even more convenient options right at their fingertips to get the best products and prices, whenever and however they choose. For more information on Giant, visit: www.giantfood.com