For many, January is a month to get back in shape after the holidays stretch our resources. Food Lion Feeds recognizes this is especially true for many of our food bank partners that worked tirelessly during the holidays to ensure that no one had to choose between dinner and rent or gas and groceries.
From Jan. 26 through Feb. 8, in order to help our partners get back on track and start the new year fresh, Food Lion Feeds provided donations to eight food pantries across our 10-state footprint to help them maintain their services and provide healthy meals for those in need.
The pantry donation events included:
Mr. Fred's Pantry in Durham, N.C.
Food Lion is stocked the pantry and distributed 100 bags of food to hungry clients. Associate volunteers in Durham, N.C., and the Food Bank of Central and Eastern North Carolina also helped fill the pantry shelves and distribute the food.
Faith Development Community Center in Kinston, N.C.
Food Lion Feeds and the Food Bank of Central and Eastern North Carolina partnered to pack and provide 200 meals containing fresh and non-perishable food items to assist residents who continue to rebuild after Hurricane Matthew.
Greensboro Urban Ministries in Greensboro, N.C.
After discovering this organization's pantry was running on empty, Food Lion Feeds took action to schedule a donation in which Food Lion associates in Greensboro, N.C., and donated thousands of meals to restock the food pantry.
Salvation Army in Henderson, N.C.
This organization was hit hard by Hurricane Matthew, and before they could rebuild, was completely cleaned out due to high need during the holiday season. Associates volunteers in Henderson, N.C., volunteered to fill the pantry and stock the shelves.
New Hope Baptist Church in Hickory, N.C.
New Hope Baptist Church partnered with Food Lion associates in Hickory, N.C., to fill backpacks for 18 children in need at Snow Creek Elementary School.
Capital Area Partnership (CAPUP) in Richmond, Va.
After being forced to close their doors at two satellite locations, the Capital Area Partnership (CAPUP) was in desperate need of donations to keep their pantry going. Food Lion Feeds and FeedMore Food Bank helped CAPUP continue their mission to serve hungry families in Richmond.
Metropolitan Community Church in North Charleston, S.C.
Food Lion volunteers and Lowcountry Food Bank representatives stocked the pantry shelves in at Metropolitan Community Church in North Charleston with non-perishable items.
Mount Airy Elementary School in Mount Airy, N.C.
Food Lion matched a donation from the local Rotary Club to Mount Airy Elementary School in the form of back pack food items to the school to provide meals for hungry children.
When asked about Food Lion Feeds commitment to the community, Vince Renfrow, Food Lion manager, said, "I am proud to be able to help those in need. It shows a sense of community and I think that’s something that helps bring the community together.”
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