Earlier this month, a vision of hope came to an elementary school struggling with hunger in Chase City, Va., when Food Lion Feeds worked with Project Hope to respond to a need to fill Chase City Elementary School's food pantry.
On Feb. 16, a team from Food Lion Store 2102, including Manager Chris Corsini, Assistant Store Manager Travis Seamster, Produce Manager Danny Taylor and Grocery Manager David Jennings stocked the shelves of the small pantry, leaving it overflowing with extra food items which even had to be stored in another room.
Principal Fred Taylor and Guidance Counselor Kelly Colgate were blown away at Food Lion's generosity, which they called "a blessing."
Project Hope packs food bags for students, and when available, they add extra items when inclement weather is projected.
"This donation enables us to feed 48 families every night for the next month," said Kelly Colgate, school guidance counselor. "Our school is located in an area with highest rates of free and reduced lunches in the county. We don't have a budget to provide food for these students, so we have to rely on donations. We are so thankful to Food Lion for this donation. It means our students and families will get food every night to help them grow and become more independent."
This donation will provide more than 9,700 meals to Chase City Elementary School children and their families. Food Lion Feeds has committed to providing 500 million meals by the end of 2020.