Edenton, N.C., prides itself on being named “one of America’s prettiest” towns, and one local student looked to make her community even more beautiful through her artwork when she entered Food Lion Feeds “Summers Without Hunger” Reusable Bag Contest.
“Being a small town, there are many here who are faced with hunger,” said Alton Weaver, store manager at Food Lion in Edenton. “We are so proud of Sydney Kay and her desire to partner with us to help end hunger in our community.”
Each year, Food Lion Feeds launches its reusable bag campaign which features select artwork from its youngest fans. When Sydney Kay learned of this opportunity to help her community, she immediately put her creativity to work to showcase how her neighbors can help.
To celebrate Sydney Kay, Food Lion hosted a bag signing event in her honor. Just one hour after putting the bags on Food Lion shelves, customers purchased every one!
“It is amazing to see how our youth are looking to make an impact,” said one local Food Lion customer. “I’m so excited to purchase my new reusable bag.”
Family and friends gathered to celebrate Christian R. of Columbia, S.C., as a winner of Food Lion Feeds reusable bag contest on Saturday, June 3, 2017. The event provided an excellent opportunity to kick-off Food Lion Feeds Summers without Hunger campaign. Guest included S.C., State House of Representative, Ivory Thigpen and Denise Holland, Executive Director of Harvest Hope Food Bank.
Christian was a celebrity for the day and appreciated the opportunity to sign over 350 bags which his family and friends purchased to support Food Lion and Christian's passion for hunger-relief. Each bag purchased provides 6 meals to Harvest Hope Food Bank.
Christian's winning design includes this quote, "Change can be determined by one, but is achieved together." The quote speaks to his values and beliefs and is an inspiration to all that read it. When asked why he participated in the contest he said, "I wanted to give the $1,000 to Harvest Hope Food bank so they can feed more people." Christian received an IPad as part of his reward, but he made it clear that presenting the check to Harvest Hope was the highlight of the day and winning the contest.
Festivities included a cake with Christian's bag design printed on the cake. The celebration was enjoyed by Christian's guest, but also by customers that entered the store. Christian and his design help Food Lion Feeds communicate the message that hunger-relief requires the help of all our customers so no one has to choose between dinner and rent and gas and groceries.
From Delaware to South Carolina, students are changing the meaning of artwork by putting their art to work to end summer hunger.
This year, Jalen Rascoe coupled his passion to end hunger with his desire to make the world a beautiful place when he entered his drawing into the 2017 Food Lion Feeds 'Summers Without Hunger' Reusable Bag Art Contest.
"After Hurricane Matthew devastated our town, we were worried his submission wouldn't make it in time," said Jalen's Mother, Sonya. "When we received the call that his artwork was chosen, we were so excited and couldn't believe it!"
In 2016, Plymouth, N.C., Jalen's hometown, and other eastern North Carolina cities saw unprecedented storms during Hurricane Matthew that left traumatic devastation in its wake. Homes were flooded and families were displaced, leaving many with few resources to pick up the pieces.
Now, Jalen is helping those families put food on their tables through Food Lion's Summers Without Hunger Reusable Bag campaign. With the purchase of each bag, six meals are donated to families, children and seniors in his local community.
Not only that, the bags, featuring his artwork, will be sold in every Food Lion store providing meals for families all across the east coast.
Stories, like Jalen's, are not only inspiring his classmates. They are also motivating others in his community to join the fight against hunger.
"I wasn't really sure how to get involved," said one local Food Lion customer. "After meeting Jalen, I am going to see how my family and I can help our food bank in Plymouth!"
7-year-old Walter Melendez is accustomed to walking inside of his Smryna, Del., Food Lion, selecting a cart with his family and then shopping.
But Saturday, June 3, was different. It was all about him.
Melendez was one of four runner-up winners in Food Lion's Reusable Bag Contest. His art is displayed on the back of the new reusable bags, revealed Saturday. Sales from the bags will go to help feed needy families in the greater Smyrna, Del., community.
"It's fun and when can I cut the cake," Melendez said before a crowd of onlookers inside the Stadium Street store.
Through the "Summers Without Hunger" Design-A-Bag Contest held earlier this year, Walter submitted a design, and his winning artwork is now featured on Food Lion's reusable bags. Customers can purchase these specially-designed reusable bags for $1 at any Food Lion store. With the purchase of each bag, Food Lion Feeds will donate the equivalent of six meals to Feeding America® and its participating food banks.
In addition to his parents and siblings, Melendez was honored by one of Delaware's state senator, House of Representatives and mayor.
All three political officials read proclamations in honor of the 7-year-old. Walter also signed several bags for customers and posed for photos.
Food Lion also donated $1,000 in Walter's name to the Food Bank of Delaware. The money will be used to fight summer hunger throughout Delaware.
14-year-old Kate from Rockwell, N.C., joined her neighborhood Food Lion in Rockwell, N.C., for a celebration for being named a runner-up in this year's Food Lion Feeds Design-a-Bag competition.
Kate's artwork depicts a row of children standing among a field of produce, highlighting the importance of fresh and nutritious food in ending hunger in our community.
Assistant Store Manager, Damien Roberts, and his team put together a fun event, complete with a personalized cake.
Kate and Damien presented David Brown with the Second Harvest Food Bank of Metrolina with a $500 donation to the food bank in Kate's name. The Second Harvest Food Bank of Metrolina serves 18 counties in North and South Carolina, including Rowan County, home to Rockwell.
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Family, friends and teachers gathered to celebrate Mikayla Nathan of Spring Lake, N.C., as an honorable mention winner for the Food Lion Feeds reusable bag contest on June 3, 2017. The event was one of six events that day, held as a kick-off for Food Lion Feeds "Summers without Hunger" campaign.
To celebrate Mikayla and the incredible impact she's making in her community dignitaries including Gordon Springle Joe Miller and Densie Lucas attended to congratulate her on a job well done.
Mikayla was truly a celebrity for the day and appreciated the opportunity to sign bags for customers in the store. She was also excited to help present the $500 donation to the Second Harvest Food Bank of Southeast N.C.
As her prize, Mikayla received a $50 Visa Gift Card, a Food Lion Feeds lunch box and drinking cup. The highlight of the day for Mikayla was the signing of the bags. Many of her former teachers attended the event and all had her sign bags for them.
Among other festivities, the Food Lion store retail team celebrated Mikayla with a cake showcasing her reusable bag design printed on top.
Mikayla's design and those of the seven other winners help Food Lion Feeds communicate the message that hunger-relief requires the help of all our customers, so no one has to choose between dinner and rent or gas and groceries.
While baseball is his real passion, Cody, of Greer, S.C., said he entered the contest because he noticed that some kids at school did not have enough food to eat and he wanted to do something to bring awareness to this issue. Cody and his parents were greeted by a large crowd from the community, including the Mayor, Council members from Simpsonville and Greenville as well as a food bank representative.
In honor of her win Food Lion presented a check for $500 to Harvest Hope Food Bank. "During the summer months, many students no longer have access to the meals they receive at school," Said Lori Burney, Donor Relations Manager of Harvest Hope Food Bank. "There is a 40% decrease in participation of our lunch programs in the summer months.
On Saturday, June 10, a big crowd gathered at the Food Lion store in Winston-Salem, N.C., to celebrate this year's "Summers Without Hunger" Kid's Reusable Bag Contest winner, Marissa.
As Marissa autographed bags for family and friends, a constant stream of customers stopped by to offer their congratulations and purchase a bag, all the while contributing to Food Lion Feeds donation of 6 meals to Feeding America for each bag purchased.
Marissa joined with local Food Lion director of operations Kathryn Sowers and store leaders to present a check for $2,000 to the Second Harvest Food Bank of Metrolina in Marissa's name, courtesy of Food Lion Feeds.
Marissa also received a brand new iPad in recognition of her talents. Joining in on the celebration was Winston-Salem City Council Member Dan Besse, who commended Marissa's talent and praised Food Lion for its commitment to giving back to the community.