Despite widespread participation in its Apples for the Students program during the past two years, Giant Food Inc. has decided to donate 40 computers and printers to selected schools without requiring that cash register tapes be collected.
Giant has donated more than 30,000 computers, printers and software items to schools in the Baltimore and Washington areas. The program, however, required that Giant customers gather enough grocery receipts to enable schools to qualify for the computer equipment.
Giant officials had previously said that schools in economically disadvantaged areas or communities without a Giant store nearby could participate by receiving tapes from schools elsewhere.
This year, however, Giant officials acknowledged that some schools were unable to take advantage of the program.
"We realize that some schools may have found it difficult to accumulate enough receipt tapes to receive any computers from our program," says Barry F. Scher, a Giant spokesman.
Instead of requiring receipts, Giant notified local mayors, county executives and other officials and asked that they recommend schools in need of computers.
The following schools were chosen in the Baltimore area:
* In Baltimore, the Carter G. Woodson Elementary School received five computers and printers.
* In Anne Arundel County, Van Bokkelen Elementary School received one computer and printer, while Meade Heights Elementary School also received one computer and printer.
* In Baltimore County, Arbutus Elementary School received two computers and printers.
* In Carroll County, William Winchester Elementary School received one computer and printer.
* In Harford County, Roye Williams Elementary School received one computer and printer.
* In Howard County, Wilde Lake Middle School received one computer and printer.