When students from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte (UNCC) return to school next week, some of them will be faced with hard choices of whether to purchase books or groceries. University officials say it is becoming a trend across major colleges and universities that students are paying more for tuition and other living expenses, which leaves them with little to spend on food.
To combat this growing issue, more than 25 Food Lion associates recently stocked the University’s inaugural Market Pantry in efforts to help feed hungry students. Additionally, Food Lion recently donated 4,000 meals-worth of nonperishable food including oatmeal, fruit bars, trail mix, cereal, canned vegetables and a variety of other items.
“I’m extremely proud to work for an organization like Food Lion that is truly giving back and helping the communities it serves,” said Pat Eyer, execution and implementation specialist for Food Lion’s Charlotte market. “We are in the food business, so I can’t think of a better cause than hunger relief. I’m even more proud of our associates that jumped in and volunteered to help, without a second thought.”
A special grand opening of the Pantry will be held in October of 2014. Special thanks to Director of Operations Billy Zyliak and his team for assisting with the donation and bringing the UNCC Campus Market Pantry to fruition!
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