As Food Lion Feeds celebrates its inaugural year with the launch of our Food Lion Feeds reusable bags, the budding artists who helped us design this year's bags took to the scene and autographed the bags at signing events held in their local communities. Each of the winners received an iPad, Food Lion Feeds promotional items, as well as a Food Lion Feeds donation to their local food bank.
In Statesville, N.C., Chelsey was on hand with her family and friends, as well as local community leaders, food bank and feeding agency representatives and elected officials and signed the bags for early purchasers. As the grand prize winner, Food Lion Feeds presented a check in her honor, for $2,000 to Second Harvest Food Bank of Northwest North Carolina and local Statesville feeding agencies to further help to feed our neighbors in need. Chelsey's mom described her as a giving child who would "share her plate with anyone" and said that she submitted her artwork to the contest because "she wanted to do something to encourage others to think about the hunger issue and see what they could do in their local communities."
Chloe, the youngest of the winners and a Hillsborough, N.C., native, was surrounded by family, friends and local community officials for the special event, including her kindergarten art teacher at Grady Brown Elementary. She won an iPad Mini along with a $1,000 check that was donated to the Food Bank of Central and Eastern North Carolina to help local families. People lined up in the store to get Chloe to personally sign their reusable bags.
Karrie, of Parksley, Va., learned about hunger when she was in the second grade and her best friend revealed to her that her family did not have enough food to eat. Concerned for her friend, Karrie went to the principal to ask if she could hold a food drive at her elementary school. Therefore, it was no surprise to her family and friends when Kerrie was one of five winners in the grocer's reusable bag coloring contest. Kerrie and her parents were greeted by a large crowd from the community, including a State Senator, the Mayor and most of the town council, as well as a food bank representative.
In honor of her win and the annual food drives she organizes, the Mayor issued a special proclamation. Additionally, Food Lion presented a check for $1,000 to The Foodbank of Southeastern Virginia and the Eastern Shore, where Karrie volunteers twice a week during the summer.
To celebrate 14-year-old Sierra's artwork, a resident of Newport News, Va., her signing event was attended by her mother, sister, many friends and her aunt who is actually the grocery manager at the store. Also in attendance were store associates, Councilwoman Sharon Scott and Chief Executive Officer Karen Joyner and Chief Development Officer Michele Benson of the Virginia Peninsula Food Bank, who accepted the $1,000 check.
Finally, you couldn't wipe the smile off of nine-year-old Leena as she signed more than 50 bags at her event held in Virginia Beach, Va. Many of her family, friends, classmates and teachers came out to support her in a special way. Her parents purchased extra bags for Leena to sign for her family who lives in Morocco, which she will visit next week. While Leena appeared to be shy, her mother described this event as a boost for her self-esteem.
The Food Bank of Southeastern Virginia and the Eastern Shore was on hand to accept the $1,000 in Leena's name. Councilwoman Stephanie Kane presented Leena with the Official Seal of the City of Virginia Beach.
Food Lion Feeds is so proud of our reusable bag designers. Look for your opportunity to design next year's bag and help feed your neighbors in need soon, and don't forget to purchase a reusable bag, in stores now, for only 99 cents. Proceeds from each bag equal five meals donated to your local food bank!