Food Lion knows customers make a conscious decision to shop in their stores every day. They also believe their patrons are more than customers; they are part of the Food Lion family. To celebrate their 40th anniversary, the team at Food Lion Store 40, located at 980 Kildare Farm Road in Cary, N.C., wanted to do something extra special to give back to the community of Cary after serving it for so many wonderful years.
On Wednesday, the Food Lion Feeds team and store associates, in partnership with Inter-Faith Food Shuttle, came together to pack and distribute 69,000 meals to feed 400 local families. The donation took place at Cary Presbyterian Church where each family got one bag of non-perishable items including oatmeal, peanut butter, canned fruit and vegetables and canned tuna, as well as a second bag of fresh fruit, potatoes, carrots and onions.
"Today is a great day," said Delony Spraggins, Food Lion director of operations. "Not only are we celebrating 40 years of service in Cary, we're also celebrating our ability to further serve our community by providing meals for those who need it. What an amazing way to engage the community of Cary and celebrate our associates!"
As a member of the Cary community, Food Lion knows summertime can be tough for some families as children are not receiving meals at school. They also realize some families may not have access to nutritious and healthy meal options. That's why Food Lion associates chose to celebrate their anniversary by providing these meals as a part of Food Lion Feeds' 'Summers Without Hunger' program. This program is part of the company's commitment to ending hunger by providing 500 million meals by 2020.
"I grew up in a place where people found it very difficult to eat, so being able to help people is an excellent thing for my associates and for me personally, said Michael Kuffuor, manager at Food Lion Store 40. "I look forward to even more ways we will be able to give back in the future."
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