On a crisp fall morning, 46 members of the Food Lion Marketing Team arrived at Sow Much Good, an urban farm located in West Charlotte, N.C., which provides low-income individuals and families access to healthy, homegrown food.
Upon arrival, the large team was introduced to Consuela Randolph, volunteer coordinator for Sow Much Good, who would be leading the team for the day.
Consuela explained that Sow Much Good operates two five-acre farms (in Huntersville and Charlotte, N.C.) which support it's farm stand, summer feeding programs for kids, nutrition education as well as a low-income, community-supported agriculture [CSA] option where people receive a box of fresh food every week. And, they do all this work with only 2.5 employees! So, how do they pull this off? With volunteers, of course, an incredible amount of hard work.
To say volunteers are a critical piece in the work they do would be a vast understatement.
"We are so fortunate to have Food Lion with us today," Randolph said. "The fact that they are here says a lot."
The group was divided into several teams which included repairing and cleaning chicken coops, turning over the fields and planting new crops for the fall, and building shelves and organizing storage facilities. The teams worked tirelessly all morning, making the event a great way to close out the month-long "Great Pantry Makeover" service project as it provided so many new perspectives on solving hunger in our communities.
"We helped the community, we further developed and helped our Marketing Team morale and built bonds with lasting impact," said Pam Determan, brand communications manager at Food Lion. "It was a beautiful day on so many levels, and I am so proud to be a part of it."
"They want to help end hunger." added Randolph. "And that is just the first step to really bridging our community and making sure we are in this fight together."
The Great Pantry Makeover may have come to an end, but the Food Lion Feeds team is always thinking of creative ways to give back to hungry individuals, children and families in the 10-state footprint we serve as we work to meet our goal of donating 500 million meals by 2020. To find out what's next, check back here at our Lion's Tale blog or follow us on Twitter @FoodLionNews.