As part of the company's "Holidays Without Hunger" campaign this holiday season, Food Lion is proud to lead various donation events across its operating area during "12 Days of Giving" in order to bring holiday cheer to those facing hunger through Dec. 23.
During the "12 Days of Giving," Food Lion will fight holiday hunger by participate in donation events across its service area, including:
• Durham, N.C. – Food Lion, Oak Grove Elementary School and the Food Bank of Central & Eastern N.C. will distribute holiday meals for 250 families
• Newport News, Va. – Food Lion associates at Store 597 Woodside High School students will pack 80 reusable bags with non-perishable items to be donated to a local feeding agency
• Charlotte, N.C. – Food Lion to partner with Charlotte Hornets player Brian Roberts and his wife to host a dinner serving 300 local homeless individuals from Charlotte at the Harvest Center
• Morehead City, N.C., Greenville, N.C., New Bern, N.C., Kinston, N.C., and Jacksonville, N.C. – WCTI-TV the Food Bank of Central & Eastern N.C. are hosting a food drive where customers can visit one of the listed Food Lion locations from 11 a.m. until 7 p.m. on Dec. 9 to make a donation. Food Lion Feeds will also make a donation up to $1,000 in non-perishable food items
• Jamestown, S.C. – Food Lion Store 1378 will present a $3,500 check to Wesley Jehovah Food Pantry to repair cosmetic building damages caused by Hurricane Matthew
• Charlotte, N.C. – Cam Newton Foundation Santa Cam Events, which include a day full of activities in Charlotte including a backpack donation, restocking a food pantry and providing a dinner for families in need
• White Sulphur Spring, W. Va. – Pentecostal Holiness Pantry has a delivery van in the shop in which Food Lion is paying for repairs. The grocer will also provide gift cards to purchase meat for the holidays
• Charlotte, N.C. – Food Lion will donate $1,000 to Cosmopolitan Community Church, which had their food pantry broken into twice over the last several months resulting in stolen food and other church belongings
• Salisbury, N.C. – 150 associates from Food Lion's Merchandising Department will pack more than 1,600 bags of food for four Rowan County elementary schools including Overton, Shive, Koontz and Cleveland Elementary Schools
• Denton, N.C. – The Food Lion Feeds Charitable Foundation will award the First Baptist Church of Denton a $3,000 grant to purchase food. Also, Food Lion retail associate volunteers will help put together 140 baskets for Project Santa
• Salisbury, Md. – Food Lion is purchasing a freezer for Wicomico Middle School's food pantry so they can distribute perishable items on a regular basis. The grocer will also provide the organization with 100 gift cards to distribute to local families in need
• Salisbury, N.C. – 25 members of Food Lion's Pricing Department team will assemble bags of donated food, which the Community Relations Team will then distribute at Main Street Mission in China Grove, N.C.
• Fayetteville, N.C. – Food Lion will donate holiday meals and gift cards to more than 50 clients of the food bank still displaced from their homes as a result of Hurricane Matthew
• Charlotte, N.C. – Volunteers will help put together and deliver 100 baskets containing apples, recipes, nutrition facts and a Food Lion gift card for Sow Much Good clients
• Salisbury, N.C. – Food Lion Feeds will partner with Catawba College and Coach Walker’s Football Camp to pack and distribute complete holiday meals for at-risk Rowan County families
• Dover, Del. – Food Lion will provide a shopping spree and $100 gift cards for 30 families from Campus Community School who are at risk of hunger to enable them to purchase holiday meals
• Dillon, S.C. – Helping Hands Food Bank partner with Food Lion to fill empty shelves by donating gift cards to feed senior population in this Hurricane Matthew-affected area
• Canton, N.C. – Associates from Food Lion Store 1170 will partner with Mr. and Mrs. Claus to pack and give away meals for children and their families at risk of hunger
• Concord, N.C. – Local schools including Shady Brook Elementary School, Harris Middle School and Early College High School will build a new food pantry to benefit all three schools, in partnership with Food Lion
• Winston-Salem, N.C. – Food Lion to contribute the meals Samaritan's Methodist Soup Kitchen will provide for area homeless
Additionally, Food Lion continues to partner with its customers to help feed their neighbors in need this holiday season. Through this in-store campaign, customers can purchase a specially-marked "Holidays Without Hunger" box for $5, while supplies last, or make a cash donation at checkout. All cash donations benefit the Feeding America® nationwide network of food banks, the largest domestic hunger-relief charity. Food boxes are donated directly to a local hunger-relief food bank, food pantry or meal program.
Through Food Lion Feeds, the company has committed to provide 500 million meals to individuals and families in need by the end of 2020. Since the launch of Food Lion Feeds in 2014, the grocer has already donated approximately 250 million meals through in-store campaigns, such as "Holidays Without Hunger," in-store food rescue programs and associate volunteerism.