December is the time of year for family, friends and of course, grocery shopping to feed them all. But, some families in our communities struggle with feeding their families.
Tuesday, Dec. 16, Food Lion partnered with the Charlotte Hornets to change that for three families in the greater Charlotte area. The families, identified by Second Harvest Food Bank of Metrolina, were able to shop an entire Food Lion store to get everything they needed to feed their families.
Hornets players Bismack Biyombo and Noah Novleh helped the families during their shopping sprees, as well as two Honeybees and mascot Hugo.
Noah Vonleh shopped with mother Lindsey and her toddler, also named Noah, during the event which was a big surprise for the child. Little Noah enjoyed picking out his favorite treats while riding the grocery cart pushed by Novleh, and later chased Hugo around the store.
"This is so amazing for us," said Lindsey. "Noah gets to enjoy a once in a lifetime experience and we both receive some extra help."
Meanwhile, Hugo shopped with customer Christin and her husband, who filled their cart with meals to feed their family.
Elsewhere in the store, Willie and Carolyn brought their three children along for the spree, who shopped with Biyombo. The family was able to obtain several weeks' worth of food, including cake for their 14-year-old daughter's birthday.
"Today is my birthday and now I get to bake a cake," said the daughter. "I got to pick out all of the ingredients and I'm going to make the cake and icing from scratch!"
As it came time for the families to check out, it was evident that the groceries would make a huge difference, especially during this expensive time of year.
"You just have no idea," Willie Bell commented as he choked back tears. "Being able to get all of this food, it frees up money that I can now use elsewhere, to pay bills. Thank you all so much. You really have no idea."
This event continues the commitment that both Food Lion Feeds and the Hornets have made to end hunger in the Charlotte community. Recently, the two organizations partnered for the fourth annual Cornucopia event on Tuesday, November 25, where 1,000 Thanksgiving meals were provided to low-income families, resulting in approximately 4,000 people being served. Since the establishment of the partnership in September of 2014, the two organizations have provided more than 35,000 meals to Charlotte families.
For further information: Courtney James: 704-310-3768; firstname.lastname@example.org