When most people go to the U.S. Post Office, it's to mail a letter or drop off a package. Food Lion left probably one of the largest packages that the Newark, Del., U.S. Post Office has ever received – 10,000 meals.
"By stepping up to donate the first 10,000 meals, we hope our Newark, Del., customers will join us to support the campaign by leaving bags of non-perishable items out by their mailboxes for our local postal workers to collect this weekend," said Food Lion Director of Operations Alan Phillips, who manager he Delaware market.
More than 40 staff from the Food Bank of Delaware, local postal carriers, customers and Food Lion associates gathered in the parking lot of the local post office for a brief ceremony that included gathering the non-perishable meals from the postal truck to food bank's truck.
All the meals will be donated to the Food Bank of Delaware to be combined with the thousands of meals that residents will also donate on Saturday, May 14. The food from the national campaign will then be distributed to local hungry families.
"This is just amazing that Food Lion has partnered with us for the second year and we appreciate them being community partners," said Aishia Tolson, a local postal carrier who helped organize the outside event.
Food Lion's lion was a popular addition to the event taking photos and adding his own unique flavor to the event. The event was also attended by the local ABC affiliate from Philadelphia, WPVI-TV.