April showers might bring May flowers, but this month Food Lion Feeds worked to pour food donations on those in need throughout the month of April. During those 30 short days, whether it was through partnerships, sponsorships or donation events, Food Lion Feeds provided thousands of meals to the communities we serve.
At Food Lion, we believe no one should have to choose between dinner and paying rent or gasoline and buying groceries. Unfortunately, millions of people have to make those choices every day. That's why we are so passionate about working to end hunger in the communities we serve.
Below we’ve provided a recap of April's hard work to continue to keep our customers, YOU, updated on the progress we're making toward our goal:donating 500 million meals by the end of 2020!
In 2015, our goal is to donate 75 million meals. Hopefully, the work we do will also inspire each of you to help us help our neighbors by giving back in some way in your own communities.
Partnerships and Sponsorships
April 18, 2015 – Iron City Festival – Blacksburg, S.C.
This year, Food Lion partnered with the 10th annual Iron City Festival to collect food for the community. During the festival, Food Lion held a canned food drive andmatched the 2,000 pounds of food collected by festival-goers.
April 22, 2015 – Second Harvest Food Bank Empty Bowls Sponsorship Luncheon – Winston-Salem, N.C.
This partnership between Second Harvest Food Bank of Northwest North Carolina and Food Lion, who serves as the title sponsor, raises funds, provides awareness and donates meals to those in need in the greater Winston-Salem, N.C., community every year. Through the sponsorship Food Lion was able toprovide approximately 50,000 mealsto Second Harvest Food Bank of Northwest North Carolina!
April 16, 2015 – Fresh Donation – Fayetteville, N.C.
When local Food Lion representatives heard about Second Harvest Food Bank of Southeast North Carolina's One Million Pounds campaign, they decided to contribute as well. During a donation event on April 16, local store managers and other company representativesunloaded 20,000 pounds of fresh producefrom a Food Lion truck docked at the food bank, which translated into 17,000 meals for the greater Fayetteville, N.C., community.
April 18, 2015 – "Start a Snowball" Donation – Raleigh, N.C.
William Winslow, commonly known as "The Food Drive Kid," is an 11-year-old who loves to help feed the hungry and has started a non-profit to help others. On April 18, Food Lion teamed up with him toinitiate a 1,000 canned food donationto kick off his food drive. The food drive kicked off at three Raleigh, N.C., Food Lion locations.
April 24, 2015 – Every Kid Healthy Week – Lexington, N.C.
During "Every Kid Healthy Week," a national food education initiative, Food Lion associates in Lexington, N.C., took part by helpingeducate more than 800 middle school students about healthy eating. In an area where most of the students come from low-income families and approximately 60 percent are on free or reduced lunch, this was opportunity to introduce them to foods they most likely don't get the chance to see on their dinner table.
April 30, 2015 – North East Middle School Pantry Launch and Food Donation – North East, Md.
After North East Middle School reached out to Food Lion to request a food donation, associates delivered and stocked the new school food pantry withfour pallets of food, enough to fill 400 student grocery bags and another 100 for parents.This newly-launched backpack food program will help families make it through the weekends with nutritious food they otherwise wouldn't have access to.
April 30, 2015 – Retiring Store Manager Dan Pritchett Donation – Verona, Va.
After 30 years of service, Food Lion 1334 Store Manager Dan Pritchett retired from Food Lion on April 30, 2015, but not before a great send off to his beloved community. To celebrate his retirement, in the weeks leading up to it a huge farewell card was put up in his store for customers to sign. Food Lion promised that with every signature, a meal would be donation to the Blue Ridge Area Food Bank. Needless to say,Food Liondonated 3,300 meals to the Verona Food Pantryin honor of Pritchett's career and service by his retirement date.
Through Food Lion Feeds Math Night events, local elementary school students have the opportunity to visit their neighborhood Food Lion stores across our markets to learn about nutrition education. Through these math nights, we're hopeful the experience enables students to use the math skills they're learning in the classroom and apply them to the grocery store so that they can make good decisions about food when it comes to budgeting and healthy eating.
During the month of April,Math Night events were held for12 schools for more than 1,350 students!
Want to find out how you can help those in your community? Visit Foodlion.com http://www.foodlion.com/InOurCommunity/FoodLionFeeds.