It all started with a letter. Nina Edwards is a fifth grader at Hickory Grove Baptist School. Her class assignment was to write a letter to an organization she thought could help a cause she was passionate about. When Rita Roberson, Food Lion regional community relations specialist, read Nina's letter she knew Food Lion Feeds needed to help encourage and support Edwards' passion "I try to volunteer as often as I can," said Edwards. "I am so glad a big store like Food Lion and their helpers came to our school and worked so hard. My part was to say welcome and smile; that was easy!"
Food Lion exceeded Edwards' expectations by organizing the existing food pantry on site, providing 200 meals, including a bag of Food Lion fresh items, for pantry visitors and donating $1,000 to help stock the pantry. Roberson challenged the finance and specialty departments to help with the project and they readily accepted. The donations provided 11,000 meals towards Food Lion's goal of providing 500 million meals by the 2020.
"I felt surprised and excited, Edwards' said."
"Everyone was excited; the fifth graders, teachers, adults and most of all the people who got their cool bags full of healthy food. The big donation check for meals I was given was awesome! It is on my wall in my bedroom now. I will never forget this day!"
Food Lion is proud to support students like Edwards' and all of the students and staff at Hickory Grove Baptist School who support and also believe “no one should have to choose between dinner and rent or buying groceries and gasoline."