Hut one, hut two... move over hunger. Get out of the way, because Jerod Mayo teamed up with Food Lion Feeds to tackle the issue one family at a time. Recently in Hampton, Va., the seven-year professional football player donated enough food to feed 100 families for a week. With his $10,000 donation to the Virginia Peninsula Foodbank, Food Lion Feeds decided to match his donation with dry goods and $50 gift cards for 100 families to provide them with breakfast, lunch and dinner with all the fixings.
“I can relate to all of the families here,” said Mayo. “I grew up right around the corner and shopped at this very same Food Lion.”
Michele Benson-Howell, chief development officer of the Food Bank, helped to coordinate the event. People began to line-up at 5:45 a.m. for the event, which Benson-Howell knew would be well-attended because she sees the face of hunger every day.
“Hunger has no face. Everyone has the face of hunger,” said Benson-Howell. “We didn’t even advertise to the public about this event, and we had more than 100 families show up!”
Food Lion Director of Operations Wanda Marshburn helped lead the charge for the Food Lion team. When a woman pulled up to the donation in a taxi, Marshburn knew the woman desperately needed the food. Marshburn and her team collected $25 on the spot. It was enough to pay for cab ride and tip the driver.
“When you think about Food Lion Feeds, it’s common sense. It is what we do every day and we’re proud to give back to those who can’t afford food, or are in a bad situation.”
It was because of one of those bad situations that Mayo began his commitment to providing food to those in need. Mayo, one of five boys raised by a single mom and a step-dad, was once a recipient of food donations.
“I remember getting those angel food baskets and how they really helped,” said Mayo. “I think it’s my duty to give back.”
Food Lion Feeds is proud to be a part of this winning team.
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