This week, as many families prepare for meals with their families to celebrate the Easter holiday, there are many still that are forced to make tough decisions, like paying bills rather than purchasing luxuries like hams and fixings.
On Monday, April 10, the Food Lion Feeds team paid a visit to Shiloh Baptist Church in the Henderson, N.C., area, in order to change the narrative for hundreds of local families in need, in partnership with Smithfield.
Margaret Malone, Food Bank Coordinator at Shiloh Baptist Church was just getting over a stroke last week when she heard about the upcoming gift from Food Lion. According to her, it was "exactly what her heart needed."
Mike Hall, Food Lion's director of operations for the region, along with Food Lion Store Managers from two local stores including 1660 and 1228 were on hand with volunteers from the Food Bank of Central & Eastern North Carolina to help hand out more than 9,400 meals on Monday.
The recipients of the donation were selected by Shiloh Baptist Church, who chose the families based on their needs. As volunteers watched one church senior leave with a wagon full of food, the look on his face, full of emotion, was all the volunteers needed to witness to understand their impact.
"This donation will help a great deal of people who are in need in this community, Malone reflected after the donation event. "We are truly grateful for the chance to make this a great Easter for so many this year."