Summer is here, and while that means stocking up on beach towels and sun screen for many families in North Myrtle Beach, S.C., on the other hand, many families in the same community are struggling to find access to basic resources like food and household items.
This time of year is a particularly tough time for families who face food insecurity. With school out of session, students lose access to school breakfast and lunch, which makes food even scarcer for low-budget families who depend on these luxuries.
To help combat summer hunger in local neighborhoods, Food Lion Feeds came together with St. Delight Pentecostal Church in Little River, S.C., a local church who works to provide hunger relief for many in this community. A local partner in the hunger-relief arena, St. Delight picks up donations from Food Lion's North Myrtle Beach store through the Food Lion Feeds Rescue Program and provides 1,000 people with the resources every month. In order to assist St. Delight in their mission, 20 Food Lion associate volunteers spent the afternoon providing a kitchen "makeover," by donating new shelving, building a storage area in the church's kitchen and stocking the shelves with 28,000 meals-worth of food for the summer. Food Lion Feeds' kitchen makeover contribution is critical to the church's ability to continue its immense services to the North Myrtle Beach community.
"As people come in, if they need furniture, if they need food, if they need clothing, they just take it," said St. Delight Pastor Randall. "We never charge for it. It's all free."
Not only was volunteering with St. Delight a chance for Food Lion associates to give back to the North Myrtle Beach community, but it was an opportunity for Food Lion Feeds to further its hunger-relief initiative of donating 500 million meals to individuals and families in need by the end of 2020.
"The need is steadily growing, so thankfully, with Food Lion, we have the opportunity to put together an event like this," said Food Lion Store Manager Jeff Hope. "We wanted to do everything we can to kind of help the pastor in his mission of giving back to the community, and it feels good. It feels good to be a part of it."
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