After Food Lion’s “Week of Giving” 1 million meals in five cities and in five days, it’s only fitting that the Community Relations team begin its second week of Food Lion Feeds with the gift that keeps on giving. On Monday, June 16, local associates from Store 552 in the Statesville-area provided a helping hand to a local food pantry who reached out to its community for help.
“I saw an article on Facebook from the local Statesville newspaper, the Record and Landmark, mentioning that Matthew 25 Ministries was in dire need for food because they had to spend more than $4,000 on a new refrigerator,” said Kathryn Sowers, director of operations for the Statesville Region. “That meant they had to choose between purchasing a new one and buying food. I immediately thought of Food Lion Feeds and emailed Rita Roberson. ”
Established in 2006, Matthew 25 Ministries provides nutritional food, as well as clothing, to people in need. Its mission and name is based on the biblical scriptures of the New Testament, Matthew 25:34-40. The organization is located in Harmony, North Carolina. Its organizers are astute to fulfilling Matthew 25:40, educating the public on the conditions and needs of the “least of these” and providing resources for action.
“After reaching out to the community and churches involved making donations to us, we were able to provide more food,” said Matthew 25 Ministries’ Director Alice Waugh. “But the need is greater.”
Store managers and associates unloaded nearly 5,000 pounds of nonperishable items to the pantry. Items included sweet peas, tuna, a variety of soups, mashed potatoes and more!
“It is fantastic, you just won’t believe how wonderful it is to have Food Lion come and do all of this. It just blows my mind,” said Waugh.
According to City-data.com, since Matthew 25 Ministries’ inception, the number of people served monthly has increased from an average of 80 families a month, to more than 200 families, in a town of 5,400 people.
“Now we’ll be able to offer them more food than they were getting and it will last longer. While the need is overwhelming for the small facility, the reward for helping those in need is greater,” said Waugh. “Some days I leave here so tired I can hardly walk, but I feel good knowing the impact we have on those in need.”
Food Lion volunteers also plan to return to Matthew 25 Ministries to clean their gutters and arrange their stock room for better use.
The pantry is open three days a week on Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday from 9 a.m. to Noon. Anyone approved is able to receive clothing and food at no charge. The food will typically last a family of four up to two weeks.
For further information: Tara Robertson: 704-310-4107; Tara.Robertson@foodlion.com