Giant Eagle operates a chain of supermarkets in Pennsylvania, Ohio, West Virginia and Maryland. Founded in 1918, it is a privately held corporation that operates more than 140 company-owned department stores and over 70 franchised stores in the United States. In addition, the company operates nearly 100 fuel stations and convenience stores. The company operates various departments, such as bakery, cafe, deli, floral, grocery, meat and seafood departments. Giant Eagle supports various local food banks and community events, including the United Way, The Salvation Army and Race for the Cure. The company supports the Apples for the Students program, which provides computer equipment, software and other classroom learning tools for school students. It maintains a store location in New Castle, Pa.