According to the USDA, bees pollinate $15 billion worth of food crops in the U.S. each year, but beekeepers across the country have seen a continuous decline in bee populations for more than three decades. Between April 2018 and April 2019, beekeepers lost about 40.7% of their honey bee colonies, a study conducted by the University of Maryland found.Â
â€śA pollinator field provides us with a unique opportunity to educate our team members, customers and the community about the crucial role bees play in getting food onto their familyâ€™s table,”Â Nicholas Bertram, President of The Giant Company said in a statement.
Other food retailers in the grocery industry have recognized the importance of bee pollinators. In 2013, Whole Foods temporarily removed all produce that is dependent on pollinators from one of its stores in Rhode Island.Â
The Giant Company has been working towards reducing waste and its environmental impact for over a decade. Its â€śMeat the Needsâ€ť program safely freezes meat that is pulled from shelves a day before its sell-by date and donated to food banks.Â Earlier this year, Giant announced it is testing the Flashfood app at four of its stores to help reduce store-generated food waste. The app enables customers to buy products nearing their expiration date for a discount.Â
In an effort to improve its supply chain, the company also announced a $250,000 grant programÂ in April that supports small food businesses in Pennsylvania.Â