Students from four Charlotte, N.C., high schools were at a Food Lion store in Charlotte, N.C., bright and early on Saturday, Oct. 19 to compete in Food Lion’s “Fast Feet Shopping Spree” to support local hunger relief efforts.
The event was part of the Fourth Annual Carolinas Student Hunger Drive, a six-week food drive competition sponsored by Food Lion.
Students from Fort Mill, Butler, Providence and East Mecklenburg high schools competed in a 90-second race down the aisles to fill their grocery carts with food to support the Second Harvest Food Bank. Participating schools were selected by earning the most Facebook “likes”/votes based on their performance in a talent competition during the Student Hunger Drive kick-off event at Second Harvest Food Bank of Metrolina.
“Nearly 1 in 5 people in our community have experienced food crisis, and it wonderful to see so many high school students joining together in the fight to end hunger," said Mona Lita Carr, executive director of the Carolinas Student Hunger Drive. “We are thrilled to have Food Lion as our leading partner to support the food drive activities of high school students across the region.”
In addition to serving as the presenting sponsor of the Carolinas Student Hunger Drive, Food Lion offers the “Food Lion MVP Award” to a student who exemplifies extraordinary leadership in promoting the Carolinas Student Hunger Drive campaign on their campus and in the community. The winner will receive a $250 scholarship.
The Student Hunger Drive, a non-profit organization, was founded in 1986 and has collected over 13 million pounds of food valued since its inception. The Charlotte-based organization was founded in 2010.
Participating schools include A.L. Brown High School, Ardrey Kell High School, David W. Butler High School, Cannon School, Cabarrus-Kannapolis Early College, Cox Mill High School, East Mecklenburg High School, Fort Mill High School, Garinger High School, Hickory Ridge High School, Independence High School, Myers Park High School, Nations Ford High School; North Mecklenburg High School, Northwest Cabarrus High School, Providence High School and South Mecklenburg High School