Upper Marlboro, Md., is known for its past historical significance with the War of 1812.
But what some people may not know is that is also a place where seven churches band together to fight hunger.
Food Lion associates helped Friday to put a dent in Upper Marlboro's hunger insecurity by participating in a Great Pantry Makeover at Trinity Episcopal Church.
"This is not the first time where Food Lion has come to our aid," said Trudy Smith, co-chairwoman of the Marlboro Churches Food Bank located at the church. "I don’t know how we could manage to help feed people without Food Lion's help."
The Marlboro Churches Food Bank is devoted to feeding neighbors in the Upper Marlboro Community. Food Lion's Great Pantry Makeover updated its current warehouse, as the first phase of the food pantry expansion. This allowed them to expand the pantry by adding 676 additional square feet and allow a more dignity filled experience for its clients. It also allowed them to provide more useable food, preventing the waste of food resources.
Dressed in bright, yellow "Food Lion Feeds Great Pantry Makeover" t-shirts, associates swept floors, built half a dozen shelves, rearranged items and stocked their pantry full of Food Lion branded non-perishable products on Friday.
Associates renovated two pantry rooms in separate areas of the church.
Due to funding, Friday's makeover was the first time the church has received any type of pantry renovations since 2008.
Smith said that she knows Friday's renovations and food will render an immediate impact.
"I always like it when we help families one month with food and we don’t see the same people for a while," Smith said. "It shows that we are able to help in some small way to help get them over for that small period."
Food Lion associates also said it was a great experience for them as well.
"I like giving back to the community, I do it all the time," said Barbara Bean, who work in Store 1184 in Waldorf, Md. "We should do this because a lot of the time the people who we are helping in the community are the same people who shop our stores. If people see that we are out in our community helping it promotes loyalty with our customers."