Sunday, May 18, Rowan Helping Ministries held a grand opening for its newest building, the Robertson-Stanback Center, a full-service homeless shelter which houses a food pantry that has been named after Food Lion. To support this grand opening, Food Lion associates stocked the new pantry on Wednesday, May 14, with the help of Food Lion President Beth Newlands Campbell and her leadership team.
7,400 pounds of product were donated to completely stock and prepare the pantry for its grand opening. This equates to about 6,500 meals, or 300 meals a day, to feed the pantry recipients.
Food Lion’s longstanding partnership with Rowan Helping Ministries was initiated 25 years ago when Food Lion founder Ralph Ketner pledged to raise the money for half of the construction costs in just three days. He did just that.
“Today is about a longstanding partnership with Rowan Helping Ministries and it's about giving back to the community and really, where we started some 50 years ago,” said Beth Newlands Campbell, Food Lion President. “It all started with Mr. Ketner, and we are just following in his footsteps.”
Last year alone, Food Lion donated more than 364,500 pounds of groceries, which were distributed to about 20,500 individuals by this organization. Rowan Helping Ministries serves about 600 families weekly.
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