For further information: Courtney James at (704) 310-3768 or email@example.comFood Lion is a strong community partner and is dedicated to assisting hunger relief and nutrition education programs in the communities we serve. This year, Food Lion is proud to have been able to donate to many organizations across our markets to make sure families in need receive meals and other necessary items this holiday season. Below is a summary of events Food Lion has participated in to make a difference in our communities.
Food Lion Volunteers Partners with Rowan Helping Ministries to Help Local Residents
On Monday, Dec. 23, Food Lion partnered with Rowan Helping Ministries in Salisbury to serve warm meals to local residents who may only have the means to eat one meal a day.
18 Food Lion associates volunteered their time to give back to the community that day by cleaning and sanitizing cots and mats, cooking and serving a 12 p.m. meal and cleaning the kitchen at the facility.
Food Lion Stocks Pantry for Operation Finally Home Recipients
On Wednesday, Dec. 18, Food Lion, along with more than 100 local North Carolina companies, helped provide a fully-furnished, mortgage-free home to a wounded war veteran. U.S. Army Sgt. Ronny Wiley and his family received the keys to his brand new home at a ceremony attended by more than 150 well-wishers. Food Lion stocked the entire pantry of the home with $650 of groceries and household items.
The project was initiated by Operation Finally Home, a non-profit organization whose mission is to provide “custom-made, mortgage-free homes to wounded and disabled veterans and the widows of the fallen in order to help them with the major transitions they face in their lives.” Classica Homes of Charlotte built the home, and asked Food Lion to donate the food for the project.
Food Lion Donates 100 Meals to Harvest Land Ministries
Food Lion recently donated 100 meals to Harvest Land Ministries in Hampton, Va., for the congregation to distribute to members who need a helping hand this holiday season.
A proud supporter of Harvest Land Ministry’s efforts, Food Lion store managers in the Hampton, Va., area came together to box up and distribute holiday meals to the congregation annually. This year, Store Manager Samantha Taylor of the Yorktown, Va., Food Lion and Assistant Store Manager Erica Hayes of the Hampton, Va., Food Lion delivered the meals to the congregation.
First Reform Church Shops at Food Lion for Meals to Donate to 195 Families
First Reform Church selected the Food Lion store located at 1460 S Main St. in China Grove, N.C., to shop for meals to donate to 195 families in need in the China Grove area on Saturday, Dec. 21. The men’s fellowship of First Reform Church shopped for the items and distributed the meals to the families.
Food Lion also donated 200 gift cards to the church so that they could be distributed along with the meals to help support the families’ nutritional needs during the holidays.
Food Lion and FACES Food Pantry Donate 25 Meals to Families in Need
On Dec. 19, Food Lion partnered with Farmville Area Community Emergency Services (FACES) Food Pantry to distribute 25 holiday meals to families in need in the Farmville, Va., area.
Food Lion associates gathered at the Food Lion on 1592 S Main St. in Farmville, Va., at 4 p.m. to pack the meals, which included whole turkeys, sweet potatoes, rolls and other holiday items. Six associates delivered the meals to the 25 families that evening.
Food Lion Replenishes Army National Guard Food Pantry
On Friday, Dec. 20, the Food Lion store at 147 Roaring Lion Dr. in Hedges, W. Va., proudly donated more than 1,900 pounds of food to the Army National Guard Food Pantry.
This donation, a retail value of more than $2000, helped to replenish the Army National Guard Food Pantry. The Pantry serves approximately 200 military families.
Through a Creative Exercise, Food Lion Leaders Construct Bikes to Donate to Asheville, N.C., Children
When 200 Food Lion leaders gathered in Asheville, N.C., on Dec. 13 for an annual meeting, what began as a traditional team-building exercise resulted in a surprise donation. During the exercise, leaders were split into small groups to work together to earn parts to a bicycle they were tasked to construct. Upon completion, 26 children from The Salvation Army’s Boys & Girls Club were able to experience one of life’s great milestones: riding their first bike.
In addition to the bike, Food Lion furthered its mission of relieving hunger in the communities it serves by donating a $25 gift card to each of the children’s families to help with the purchase of a holiday meal.
Food Lion Loss Prevention Team Helps Charlotte, N.C., Students Through Adopt-A-Bike Program
The Loss Prevention Foundation, supported by the Loss Prevention and Safety Departments from Food Lion and Lowe’s, helped make the holidays brighter for many economically depressed children attending Devonshire Elementary School in Charlotte, N.C., on Dec. 9.
Through the Adopt-a-Bike program, the team raised more than $10,000 to provide approximately 104 new bikes to students at Devonshire Elementary. In addition to the bikes, each child received a gift card toward the purchase of a helmet, as well as a $25 Food Lion gift card to support hunger relief over the holidays.
Operation Bread Basket
In celebration of the grand re-opening of the Food Lion store on 860 Union St. S in Concord, N.C., and the holiday season of giving, Food Lion stocked the pantry at Operation Bread Basket, a local hunger-relief agency in Concord, N.C.
The food donated to Operation Bread Basket was enough to provide nearly 1,200 meals to hungry families.