On June 10, Food Lion leaders and local associates teamed with the Food Bank of Southeastern Virginia and the Eastern Shore to distribute more than 18,000 meals to families in need, especially veterans, in the Norfolk, Va., area.
"We have two babies under two now," said a female service member, who came through the donation line in uniform. "Definitely, we put their needs first all the time. It means a lot to know there is help out there. Even though we have a job and a pay check, there are times when we still struggle."
At the donation, attended by Food Lion President Beth Newlands Campbell, Senior Vice President of Retail Operations Greg Finchum, regional leaders and more than 25 associates from Food Lion's Norfolk, Va., stores, the group packed Summers Without Hunger boxes filled with 12 shelf stables meals, as well as several bags of water and fresh produce into more than 400 cars that came through the line.
The event was part of the company's launch of Food Lion Feeds and it's Week of Giving. Over the course of the week, the company is visiting five cities across its 10-state service area to provide 1 million meals to individuals and families in need and highlight the many faces of hunger, including children, families, senior citizens and even veterans.
On June 11, the grocer will provide food to children in need at an elementary school in the Baltimore, Md., area. More than 90 percent of the children who attend the school receive free or reduced lunch.
Stay tuned to the Lion's Tale blog or the @FoodLionNews Twitter handle for more updates from the Food Lion Feeds Week of Giving.
For further information: Erin DeWaters: 704-310-2858; firstname.lastname@example.org