With a newly acquired building, outdated product and more than 100 clients per week, the staff at James Mott Community Food Assistance Program in Fairfax, Va., were wondering how they would continue providing for all their clients during the holiday season. As the weather gets cooler, many food pantry lines get longer but Food Lion believes no one should have to choose between dinner and rent and quickly responded to help.
On Thursday, October 22, Food Lion associates met at the James Mott food pantry with more than 2,000 pounds of food. They spent several hours unloading the product from the truck and stocking the shelves, but they quickly realized the pantry needed to remove many of the products they had acquired along with the pantry.
Once associates went through all of the outdated items, they realized there wasn't much product left to sustain the pantry, especially through the holiday season.
"Since James Mott recently acquired the building, there were many items that were outdated," said Michelle Eagle-Skeen, Food Lion director of operations. "After discarding so much food, we wanted to provide more and help supplement the food the pantry had lost."
After helping at the pantry, Eagle-Skeen immediately contacted Food Lion Feeds to see how they could do more. As a result, Food Lion Feeds doubled their donation and was able to provide more than 24,000 meals to the pantry's clients!
"We are so thankful for the donation from Food Lion," said Dorothy Carpenter, program operations and business relations manager at James Mott Community Food Assistance Program. "Because of your help, we can give to so many families. We are already preparing Thanksgiving baskets for 55 families with this donation. Thank you for all you do throughout our community!"
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