Maryland State fairgoers received a special treat Thursday, Sept. 1.
Upon entering the gates, customers shopped at Food Lion and purchased five cans of Food Lion brand product and exchange they got in the fair for free.
Together, Food Lion and customers collected more than 4,000 pounds of food, which will be distributed to hungry families throughout Maryland.
"It felt great to represent Food Lion at the Maryland State Fair on Thursday," said Chris Walker, director of operations for the Baltimore market. "It was good to connect with our community and be there with our food bank partners to hear first-hand how the food is going to help hungry families."
"This is just great and we thank Food Lion and the people who donated," said Beth Wedekind, events manager with the Maryland Food Bank.
More than a dozen Food Lion retail associates volunteered at the three different gates collected the various cans of food. Food Lion again partnered with the fair to collect food because it aligns with the company's hunger relief platform – Food Lion Feeds. Food Lion is working to create a better tomorrow by uniting with customers and partners to eliminate the choices families are forced to make when they are hungry. Through Food Lion Feeds, we will donate 500 million meals by the end of 2020.
The program will continue its impact in helping feed hungry people and helping customers gain at the Virginia State Fair on Friday, Sept. 23. Customers will be able to get $5 off their $15 admission to the fair for donating five cans of Food Lion brand product.