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Most people think of food banks as just providing food when people are hungry.
That is true.
But when Hurricane Matthew Hurricane hit Southeast communities recently, residents learned that food banks can do much more when the occasion calls for it.
"We are really one of those hidden secrets to the broader community, but food banks in general have always served as those first responders to people in the community not just during a major disaster but during their daily disasters as well," said Ron Pringle, executive director of Second Harvest Food Bank of the Southeast based in Fayetteville, N.C.
Fayetteville was one of the hardest hit North Carolina towns by the hurricane with rivers cresting daily in that town.
"I am so grateful to Food Lion specifically for providing nine tractor trailers full of bottled water for us to give away in the hardest hit areas we serve in Lumberton, Hope Mills and Rayford," he said. "With Food Lion's help, we distributed 14,000 cases of water to residents meeting their immediate needs."
Pringle said the challenge is trying to get the message out to corporations and businesses of the magnitude of immediate help his community needs.
And it's not just Fayetteville food banks responding. There are countless examples of how other food banks throughout North Carolina, South Carolina and Georgia are helping people in their communities.
Other examples include America's Second Harvest of Coastal Georgia providing meals for emergency crews during storm; Harvest Hope food bank in Columbia supported 94 shelters throughout South Carolina that housed people who evacuated their homes and Low Country Food Bank provided water and food for Edisto Island distribution immediately after the storm because of the tremendous and immediate need.
Although Food Lion's commitment to helping the communities it serve in various waves. This week's assistance is one for the history books as it's one of the largest hurricanes to hit the state in years. In addition to donating water to Fayetteville, the company has done much more.
Food Lion announced Tuesday that it was donating $100,000 in gift cards, food and water to food banks in North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia and Virginia to help provide relief to those significantly impacted by Hurricane Matthew. In addition, Food Lion is donating $25,000 to American Red Cross Disaster Relief and is partnering with its 10 million customers per week across more than 1,000 stores to help deliver aid to those facing devastating flooding and other damage from the hurricane that struck the region this past weekend.
Food Lion made a $25,000 donation to the American Red Cross and is partnering with its customers to accept register donations to support Red Cross disaster relief in the wake of these floods and other crises across the country. Donations help provide assistance such as food and water to victims of disaster. Food Lion customers can donate in-store at any Food Lion location Oct. 10 through Oct. 18.
The company will also donate $100,000 in gift cards to food bank partners affected by Hurricane Matthew to help those in need, primarily in North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia and Virginia. Also, as travel restrictions ease, the grocer will continue to send truckloads of priority items, like water, ready-to-eat meals and snacks, canned goods, cleaning supplies and more, to its feeding partners in those states, and their associated feeding agencies.
"Part of being a good neighbor is being there to lend a hand to support communities during a time of need," said Meg Ham, president of Food Lion. "Caring for our customers and communities is an integral part of who we are as a company and what our associates do every day."
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