Food Lion associates rolled up their sleeves and refurbished a pantry with new shelving and groceries to help fight hunger in Food Lion Feeds "The Great Pantry Makeover," a month-long volunteer service project held during Hunger Action Month. Today, the associates kicked off the event in Laurel, Md., with Laurel Advocacy and Referral Service, Inc. (LARS).
"The new shelving and wheels help make our existing shelving more portable for our volunteers and is really what we needed," said Stephanie Guzman, Director of Emergency Services and Community Relations, LARS. "We really appreciate what Food Lion has done here today. The Great Pantry Makeover is such a good idea."
And after the shelves were up and stabilized, associates were ready to stock them with Food Lion products. LARS was nominated earlier this year by the Capital Area Food Bank as a partnered feeding agency in need of a makeover.
"The Capital Area Food Bank is grateful for the long-term support Food Lion has given us in the past and presently," said, Christel Hair, Capital Area Food Bank senior director of strategic partnerships and community engagement. "LARS will be able to immediately increase their capacity to make a difference for those in need in Laurel."
And as the store manager for the local Laurel Food Lion, Alice Yates is making sure LARS can count on Food Lion every day.
"It is so great that Food Lion can support the food pantry here in Laurel," said Yates. "Our staff is ready and willing to serve the community. We [Food Lion] want to provide support for them in any way we can."
In September, Food Lion associates will make over a total of 38 local pantries within its 10-state service area. The company will donate more than 1,200 volunteer service hours and more than 1 million meals while fighting hunger one pantry at a time. The next event is OCA Food Pantry in Hagerstown, Md., on Tuesday, Sept. 8.
Through Food Lion Feeds, the company has committed to provide 500 million meals to individuals and families in need by the end of 2020.
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