The Cumberland County Council on Older Adults is an integral part of its community. Serving Fayetteville, N.C., and all of Cumberland County, the Council provides seniors around the county with a variety of offerings such as home improvement services, a companion care program and congregate lunches, where seniors can come and enjoy a nutritious meal and companionship with their neighbors.
They also run the area's Meals on Wheels Program, which provides meals to nearly 400 homebound Cumberland County seniors every weekday. This program is key, as according to Ken Dye, Senior Nutrition Program Director for the Council and leader of their Meals on Wheels program, notes that "food insecurity and isolation are two of the biggest challenges our seniors face today."
This week, Food Lion associates from the Fayetteville-area rose to address that challenge by partnering with the Council to deliver nutritious meals to its clients served out of the Blue Street Senior Center.
And, as our associates loaded up their vehicles with the meals bound for seniors, they also took up a special surprise; a bag of fresh fruit, courtesy of Food Lion Feeds, the grocer's hunger-relief initiative.
Perishable items are especially in high demand among individuals on fixed income or fighting hunger. It's amazing the difference one crisp apple or tart orange can make in someone's day. But the seniors who received these treats weren't the only ones who had their day made; each Food Lion associate was touched by the experience of personally giving back to those in need in their community.
Kimberly Lundy-Wilkinson, a Food Lion retail leader in the Fayetteville area, said "Working for an organization who believes in supporting our community has truly been a rewarding experience. Associates were excited, looked forward to our next Food Lion Feeds event and saw how seniors enjoyed their fresh bag of mixed fruit from our Food Lion produce department."
Partnerships are what Food Lion Feeds is all about. Working together, we truly can make a difference, not only in eliminating some of the difficult choices an individual or family has to face, but in providing hope and joy as well, even if it's just a simple conversation or a piece of fruit.
"Thanks to Food Lion's generosity, you put fresh produce on seniors' tables, which is an important part of a well balance diet, as well as many smiles on their faces as you brightened up their day with meal deliveries by your wonderful team members," added Dye.
It truly was a fruitful day for all involved.
The Food Lion Feeds team continues to travel throughout its markets in the coming days in its "March for Meals" efforts to feed hungry seniors. To keep up with the events, check back here at our Lion's Tale blog or follow us on Twitter @FoodLionNews.