John Rudnicki has been working for Food Lion since he was 16. 26 years later he is a now the store manager in Columbia, S.C., and still enjoys his job.
But something happened today that made him appreciate what he does even more; he volunteered with 10 other associates to prepare "Meals on Wheels" for seniors. Food Lion worked with Senior Resources, the local feeding agency that provides this vital service to seniors in Richland County, S.C. Food Lion's participation was part of the nationwide March for Meals campaign to raise awareness of senior hunger in local communities.
"This is what Food Lion is about, right? Food," Rudnicki said during an interview inside the kitchen at Trenholm United Methodist Church in Columbia. "Seniors are close to my heart and I am so proud that Food Lion is doing something to help them out in their time of need."
After preparing 281 meals, twelve Food Lion associates split into two groups to deliver the hot, nutritious meals to Columbia, S.C., seniors. Food Lion's participation in the March for Meals effort this week aligns with its Food Lion Feeds commitment to feed 500 million people by 2020.
During the March for Meals effort, Food Lion associates are partnering with local Meals on Wheels affiliate agencies to deliver nutritious meals to nearly 2,000 seniors who rely on this vital safety net to remain healthy and independent in their own homes. In addition, Food Lion is making a $1,500 donation to each organization to assist each agency in their mission to feed seniors in need, in addition to food donations and other contributions.
"We could not do this without the partnership of companies like Food Lion," Senior Resources Executive Director Pam Dukes told a small crowd before accepting a $1,500 check from Food Lion associate Calvin Smith. "This money will help us towards our goal of providing 126,000 meals to seniors this year."
The Food Lion Feeds team will continue to travel throughout its markets this week to continue its "March for Meals" efforts. To keep up with the events, check back here at our Lion's Tale blog or follow us on Twitter @FoodLionNews.