Steven, Ka ‘Liyah, Aaron, Reese, Daryanna, Destiny, Cuniya and their classmates at Brehms Lane Elementary School in Baltimore were laughing and playing on the school yard Wednesday afternoon when Food Lion volunteers arrived to help distribute 700 “Summer Without Hunger” food boxes and bottled water, which would provide more than 12,000 meals, to students, their families and other members of the community.
The children immediately came over to the fence by the front door to engage with Food Lion volunteers and ask all sorts of questions about the community donation event Food Lion was holding.
Behind the kids’ bright smiles, however, there is a tremendous need — 99% of students receive free or reduced meals at the second-largest elementary school in Baltimore, Md.
When Food Lion Cashier Stephanie Walton helped distribute apples to students coming into school earlier in the day, one of the students stopped to ask her, “Are we going to get free food?”
“I said, ‘Yes, later on you will get a food package.’ And she said, ‘Good because we need it at home,’” said Walton.
“These are hard economic times, so there is a great need for this, and we really appreciate this,” said one food donation recipient, who also volunteers at the school.
Participating in this community event was particularly meaningful for Karen Leonard, store manager of the Pasadena, Md., Food Lion. As a child, she attended Brehms Elementary School and grew up across the street. “It’s a lot more personal being able to give back to this community that I grew up in.”
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 12, the grocer will provide food to senior citizens in need in the greater Myrtle Beach, S.C., area.
Stay tuned to the Lion's Tale blog or the @FoodLionNews Twitter handle for more updates from the Food Lion Feeds Week of Giving.
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