It Takes a Hive to Thrive™
Giant Eagle is partnering with local community organizations to support pollinator education and health in our own backyard. Guests can purchase one of our exclusive It Takes a Hive to Thrive™ reusable tote bags to help us support local pollinator sustainability efforts. For each bag sold, we’ll donate $1 to an organization in the area where that bag is purchased:
Donations from the It Takes a Hive to Thrive™ bags will support the following programs:
Donations from the It Takes a Hive to Thrive™ bag will help support pollinator education programming and support Franklin Park Conservatory’s Pollinator Palooza.
Donations from the It Takes a Hive to Thrive™ bag will go towards pollinator education programs and support of the Bee Hive in the Hershey Children's Garden at the Cleveland Botanical Garden campus and the Butterfly Garden at the Holden Arboretum campus.
Donations from the It Takes a Hive to Thrive™ bag will go towards creating vibrant healthy ecosystems to support pollinators and bees right in the heart of our Indianapolis neighborhoods.
The donation from each It Takes a Hive to Thrive™ reusable bag sold goes to a different regional charity based on where the sale occurs as follows: All It Takes a Hive to Thrive™ bag sales from Giant Eagle and Market District locations in Pennsylvania benefit Pittsburgh Botanic Garden. All relevant reusable bag sales in Delaware, Franklin and Washington counties in Ohio benefit Franklin Park Conservatory and sales from all other Ohio Giant Eagle and Market District stores benefit Holden Arboretum. All It Takes a Hive to Thrive™ bag sales in Indiana benefit Keep Indianapolis Beautiful.
Each specially marked reusable bag sold counts until supplies are exhausted.
The Buzz About Bees & Food Production
As an organization committed to delivering fresh, high quality and sustainable foods to our Guests, Giant Eagle recognizes the role that pollinators play in food production. With almost 75% of the world’s food crop production dependent upon pollinators, it’s extremely important that businesses and communities alike take steps to protect the animals driving pollination.
This is especially true of the native and honey bee populations. Food supply is threatened every year by pesticide use, leading to the decline of our pollinators.
Giant Eagle recognizes that a variety of chemicals negatively impact pollinators, with the notable inclusion of the neonicotinoid and organophosphate families of pesticides. We're extremely proud that all our live plant suppliers are neonicotinoid - and glyphosate-free and that we no longer sell home gardening products that contain these toxic chemicals. Additionally, our company utilizes several community partnerships and unique product offerings to promote healthy pollination throughout our communities.
Our Promise to Pollinators
Giant Eagle is one of two major US food retailers to make a timebound commitment to eliminate the most harmful pesticides in our floral and fresh produce products. We're actively working with our fresh produce suppliers to adopt integrated pest management (IPM) by 2025. IPM is an ecological farming framework that reduces pesticide use and risk by 95%.
#1 Bee-Friendly Retailer
We're excited to share that we have once again been recognized by Friends of the Earth, an environmentally focused non-profit, as the top bee-friendly US grocery retailer for our efforts to protect pollinators from toxic pesticides. Our rating on the Bee-Friendly Retailer Scorecard surpasses even the largest US grocery chains.