Millington, Md., is a small agrarian town where everyone knows each other.
But it is not an area that is immune to hunger.
"We have an aging population with a small population of younger people," Faye Everett, coordinator of Hope Fellowship Pantry located inside Asbury United Methodist Church. "A lot of the times the younger generation will move out of town to work or find other opportunities."
Millington is located in Kent County, where there are more than 2,300 residents who are food insecure. Approximately 730 of those are children. These individuals must too often make the desperate choice between paying for food and paying for rent, utilities and medicine, Everett said.
Hope Fellowship pantry largely serves the working poor population of Kent County, and has seen an increase of clients since food stamps have been cut. The majority of the pantry's clients are older adults.
On Thursday, Sept. 8, a handful of local Food Lion associates who work just a mile away from the pantry volunteered to renovate the pantry by painting, stocking new freezers the company bought and putting together new shelves.
"I really like what Food Lion Feeds does," said Food Lion associate Brandon Price. "We are able to provide meals to people so they don’t have to make a lot of different choices. We can provide food so they can go ahead and do the other things they need to do with their lives."
The local pantry was surprised to receive such "star" treatment on Thursday. A reporter with the Kent County Times newspaper interview agency staff, took photos and described the event and "very impactful."
In addition to volunteers working Thursday, Food Lion donated $3,500 to the agency to buy two new freezers, commercial shelving units, paint, and to make electrical upgrades to the church built, who's Sunday School wing was built in 1956.
"It just allows us to give more to the community and be more efficient at doing it," Everett said. "Thank You Food Lion."
To keep up with "The Great Pantry Makeover" team as they remodel more food pantries and tell their stories, check back here on our Lion's Tale blog throughout the month of September.