As the new Food Lion truck rolled onto Fort Bragg’s Army base, the staff at the United Service Organization (USO) building was thrilled to see the perishable items being donated to their food pantry.
“When we saw that palate of water, you cannot imagine how excited we got because it’s one of those things that is always on our list of things we need,” said USO Fort Bragg Center Assistant Director, Beverly Jackson. “Food Lion has gone above and beyond our need.”
A nonprofit organization that provides programs, services and entertainment to United States troops and their families, the USO assists several thousand people monthly, both military and civilian. Currently, the organization is in the process of expanding its services to the base’s Warrior Transition Battalion, where soldiers transition on and off of base.
On this occasion, Food Lion Feeds donated more than 6,100 meals to the food pantry, along with other household items.
"We have volunteers in there now who actually use their own resources and are cooking meals for those guys,” said Jackson. “For the troops, if the food isn’t from the dining facility or a fast food place, they consider it a home cooked meal.”
As the soldiers pitched in to help with the unpacking of donated items, Food Lion Execution Implementation Specialist Greg Beamon reflected that giving to this military community is nothing new. He considers it an honor to serve these individuals, who do so much for our country.
“We are in the heart and soul of one of the largest military installations in the world,” said Beamon. “Our customers are our families.”
However, restocking the shelves of the base’s only food pantry feels different for him.
“It’s deeper than Food Lion and a logo,” Beamon continued. “We’re willing to step in with people. We work at granular levels with people. That’s the difference and that’s what makes Food Lion the company it is.”
“Hoorah” to the Fayetteville Region!
For further information: Tara Robertson: 704-310-4107; Tara.Robertson@foodlion.com