In conjunction with Feeding America's® Hunger Action Month™, Food Lion will remodel and stock the shelves with fresh and non-perishable donations at 30 local food pantries across its 10-state footprint.
This year's efforts are focused on expanding the capacity of local feeding agencies to distribute fresh, nutritious food to their clients. Check back each week for updates on where The Great Pantry Makeover has taken place.
Food Lion Kicks Off Makeover in Arrington
The Nelson Heritage Center in Arrington, Virginia was once an elementary school that turned into a food pantry four years ago and started out serving 750 households a month. Located in the southwest part of Nelson County, it is the only food pantry in the vicinity that serves the surrounding community in need. The staff at the pantry are committed to supporting their client’s needs any way they can by delivering food to families who do not have transportation and providing emergency food to families in addition to their monthly distributions.
In order to help The Nelson Heritage Center serve a larger clientele and increase their distributions to include fresh items, Food Lion purchased a refrigerator and freezer along with shelving to safely store and hold non-perishable items. Food Lion associates as far as Roanoke, Virginia came out Wednesday morning to help assemble shelves and stock their pantry as their contribution for The Great Pantry Makeover recipient.
Lovington Store Manager Steven White, who was part of the makeover, actually attended the elementary school before it became a community center. For him, this makeover had an even deeper meaning. “I haven’t been in this building for 16 years but it’s great to see how it’s being used now. I’m really glad to be here today to get the chance to help out our community and the people in it” White said.
Food Lion Pops Up at Food Bank of the Albemarle
Every month more than 700 households visit the food pantry at the Food Bank of the Albemarle in Elizabeth City, North Carolina. Though the food bank has the capacity to store fresh and frozen food, they were looking for a way their clients could self-select the fruits and vegetables they want.
Enter Food Lion and The Great Pantry Makeover. As the recipient of this year’s makeover, the food bank was able to create a pop-up produce market outside that helped their vision come to life and allow the opportunity for their clients to shop with dignity. On Thursday, over 10 local Food Lion associates cleaned and set-up the produce stands to get it ready for a client distribution the next day.
“We’re a small but close-knit community here in Elizabeth City so I know how big of an impact this pop-up market is going to make ” said Store Manager Jason Glover. “The team and I always enjoy coming out to help at the food bank. When I was recruiting volunteers for the makeover event today, I knew I could count on everyone to say yes because we love to give back and support events like these that help the community.”
Liz Reasoner, Executive Director of The Food Bank of the Albemarle, is already thinking of how to expand upon the pop-up produce market before it even opens to clients. “We have plans to bring in a chef to talk about the different choices they have to pick from and teach them how to prepare meals using the food they pick out” Reasoner said. “We are so grateful for our partnership with Food Lion and helping us to make this possible!”