Richard Geer, director of God Wants All Children Serving (GWACS) Pantry in Delaware, sees it every last Wednesday each month.
A Delaware resident waits in line for fresh items only to be disappointed as the agency still did not have a freezer to house it.
That changed on Friday, Sept. 16, where the pantry is housed at Ebenezer Baptist Church. Food Lion associates donated a new, 49 cubic-foot freezer and performed a full transformation of the small area that housed its food pantry.
"This is something that we could not have done by ourselves," Geer said. "It's great that in addition to giving us money to purchase the freezer, Food Lion also supplied us with the manpower today to make these renovations."
GWACS is located in an area of high poverty of Wilmington, Del. In the past year, the pantry received 4,626 client visits and distributed 106,675 pounds of food. Today, more than 10 Delaware Food Lion associates worked for hours to renovate the current pantry space, which Geer said was not efficient or an inviting space from which to serve a community of such high need.
"The volunteers and clients deserve a clean, welcoming space that is easier to access," he said.
Food Lion associates removed old wooden shelves that were sagging along with product from the space. They also built new steel shelves and restocked the pantry with both fresh and non-perishable Food Lion brand product.
Food Bank of Delaware Development Director Larry Haas said Friday's partnership with Food Lion was perfect, and needed.
"Today is a great example of how full-level engagement in the community works with a corporate sponsor, food bank and agency," Haas said during an interview inside the church. "Food Lion understands that it's not just the food bank that needs help in fighting hunger. These agencies are on the front lines and most of the time on a shoe-string budget. So, anything you can do helps them to help our community."